I visited my parents for a couple weeks for the holidays and had plenty of downtime. Turns out my dad had a couple of cider/beer making kits laying around and wanted to try making some cider! Since he had pieces and parts from two different sets, we Frankensteined something together…
His first set of supplies was from a Mr Beer cider refill for a plastic keg set that we’d gotten him a few years ago. The keg wasn’t super high quality and didn’t survive a move – but he still had a cider pack that came with concentrated apple juice, yeast, and sanitizer.
The second kit was a more traditional set of supplies. It came with a 1 gallon carboy, airlock, and bottling tubing.
So we looked up the instructions for the Mr Beer kit, halved it since it was supposed to make 2 gallons – and made the cider base. It ended up being the concentrated juice, water, and brown sugar. We added that to the 1 gallon carboy, pitched the yeast, and popped on the airlock.
I won’t be there to bottle it (or try it) – but I’m sure it will be interesting!