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I decided to try experiment after reading a little about making cider. I used a 1/2 gallon of cider, made sure there were no preservatives. Warmed it in a pot with about a cup of brown sugar and a full pack of yeast (just cheap stuff I had left from Baking). Put it in a gallon jug and made an airlock with rubber tubing and a plastic cup of water. Everything is air tight and it has been bubbling for 3 days. I know it has a few weeks left. My question is 1. Will it be drinkable? 2. would this be considered Wine? 3. any red flags I should watch for?

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You say you started with 1/2 gallon of cider - do you really mean that? I imagine you started with apple juice. –  mdma Oct 23 '13 at 17:09
    
You might want to break out the "would this be considered Wine" into another question, as it isn't entirely related to the others. –  object88 Oct 24 '13 at 18:50

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  1. Unless it's infected, definitely drinkable.
  2. More under the hard cider category. I guess you could say it's an apple wine, but like barely wines they are usually above 10% ABV.
  3. You normally shouldn't see any weird looking crusts or floating material depending on the yeast you used. I would swirl the cider around everyday to help keep the yeast in suspension, and attenuate (create more alcohol) as much as that yeast can.

Further I would let it ferment for a full month, even if it's not bubbling. This allows the yeast to get rid of off flavors and then settle out. After the month, throw it in the fridge for a day and then siphon it out into another clean & sanitized 1/2 gal jug. Or if you want it carbonated put a half teaspoon of table sugar into a clean & sanitized growler and let it sit at room temperature for a week.

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  1. Likely..you'll just have to wait and see
  2. I suppose it could be
  3. Possibly infection....did you sanitize everything that touched it?
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Sanitized no, but made sure everthing was clean. –  Dan G Oct 23 '13 at 18:37
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@DanG Sanitized and clean are not the same thing. You may get infection just wait and see how it turns out. –  Grant Oct 23 '13 at 19:15
    
thanks :) How would you tell there is a infection? –  Dan G Oct 24 '13 at 21:07

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