I found a book, Edible History, that describes how homemade yeast, cider, mead, and beer were made from the old days in Germany, Britain, and the Norse home of the Vikings. I have made the yeast, have a batch of dough rising, now for a jug of cider to ferment.
The picture above 2 batches of the yeast, one that has been aged is being used, one that I just started (see my instructable about making homemade apple yeast). The other jug is the cider. The yeast I just made will take 10 days to 2 weeks before ready to use, the cider will be ready to drink by Christmas day (today is Friday the 20th). This batch is only a half gallon jug, but later when I make larger batches, I am going to set one aside to go from sweet cider to hard cider, to see how it goes.
Step 1: Ingredients
5 apples juiced
a half gallon of store bought apple juice, minus about 2 cups used in making the new yeast, and replenishing the last batch of yeast.
A knife and cutting board
A 2-cup measuring cup
and of course the Red Balloon