I had a couple of days off, and decided to make some hard cider. I thought it would be fun to try, so I will be giving it a shot.
The ingredients are:
5 gallons apple juice from concentrate (I am too cheap to buy 5 gallons of actual apple cider)
4 small cartons of Aspen Cider Spice. This stuff is awesome; its loaded with sugar, cinammon and orange, that should ferment and add some needed flavors.
4 additional cups of white sugar
1 tsp of baking yeast, dissolved in tap water to activate it.
This *should* be ready around Thanksgiving. Not having done an apple-juice based fermentation before, I am not certain how long it will take, nor how it will turn out. I am looking forward to finding out though!
If it doesn't end up going down the drain, I think it will be called "Mark's Hard Cider" :)
UPDATE: Interestingly, when you ferment apple juice, no krausen is produced. Krausen is that foamy substance that floats up out of fermenting beer. Below is a photo fermenting beer on day 2. Note the foamy krausen floating on top.
Below are a couple of photos of fermenting cider on day 2. No thick krausen, just bubbles.