I’m trying to break into making cider now so that I have a non-beer option on tap for my wife and any non-beer drinking guests we might have. I am starting with a Guava Cider – here’s where I am with it:
4 Gallons of Pasturized Apple Cider
2 Containers of Guava Nectar)
Nottingham Ale Yeast
I’ve been fermenting it for 18 days now and I think it’s completely done. I’ll take a gravity reading to confirm today before I rack it into a keg. The plan tonight is to keg it and stabilize with Potassium Metabisulfite and Potassium Sorbate. Once that’s done, I’ll backsweeten it with a couple of containers of Guava Nectar and maybe a little apple juice concentrate to get the sweetness/flavor balanced.
If anyone has any experience with slightly sweet ciders, I’l take any advice I can get!