I love hard cider. It's easy to make and rewarding.
I've perfected a recipe to my taste and it takes about 3 weeks from start to finish.
*******Please do not attempt this unless you are 21 years or older********
Step 1: The Juice
After researching cider at a home brew forum http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/, I discovered that Treetop Apple Juice contains no preservatives, which will affect your yeast. Most store bought juices contain preservatives. Treetop contains only juice and water. I buy it from Costco, 2 gallons for about $7.
Step 2: The Yeast
For 1 gallon of juice I use 1/2 teaspoon of yeast. The temperature range for this yeast is 15-24C (59-74F)
I keep mine at 20C (68F)
Step 3: The Equipment
All of these can be bought a brewing store and they are very cheap.
The rubber stopper is a 6 1/2. Don't use anything smaller than a 6 1/2 for the tree top bottle or it will fall in.
The hydrometer is used to determine alcohol content and it's optional.
You will also need a couple of old, clean, 2 liter bottles for carbonation.