I have 5 gallons of cider in a primary, that has been in there since early november. Its really great juice - unpasteurized, made with a great blend of apples - that made a very good cider on my first try. I added some simple sugar to the first batch (maybe a # to 5 gallons of juice IIRC), which is now in bottles.
For the second 5 gallons, I used meadowfoam honey to sweeten it a bit, about 2lbs for the 5 gallons. Its probably not quite a cyser based on the proportions, but for those that have missed my prior lamenting of my love for this honey, its really awesome. Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar. Really really good stuff.
I was considering oaking some or all of it, since I have a few bottles of my first cider left over, and don’t drink it that often. Also, I’ve heard ciders get immensely better after a YEAR or more of aging.
Anyone tried oaking cider? I have a few spirals lying around that I could use.