Umm...Wow. That's a lot of cider. Makes my little 5 gal first attempt pretty pathetic. How long does it take to develop this level of obsession?
We've been making cider for 6 years. The jump to this size came two years ago when I was looking to make a larger batch. I asked a friend who's a winemaker at a commercial vineyard if he had any ideas about cheap fermenters larger than 5 gallons. Honestly, I was thinking 15, maybe 20 gallons, but he had this barrel at the winery and gave it to me. I figure I'm obligated to fill it, right?