I decided to brew up some hard cider for the fun of it. I used the balloon method (in the link).
Whole Foods is slangin those massive 128oz jugs of apple juice, so I said what the hell… I’ve made beer once with a friend, but it was his equipment. So I decided to go TOTALLY ghetto style, lol. I put regular bread yeast in there and I put some fresh ginger in one of the jugs.
Anyway, I understand that after the yeast is done the balloon will start to deflate and that this should take 7-12 days. What I’m wondering is what kind of ABV can I expect? Also, can I finish it in the primary fermenting bottle, or is that just a waste of time? I don’t plan on bottling it as I’m doing this on the cheap. So if aging it a little a bit in the primary fermenter won’t help I’ll just drink it straight away.
Also, post your homebrewing stories…