So, I lack basic planning skills. We have a bunch of apples, and I've been wanting to make hard apple cider. I made the apple cider last night using this recipe
, minus the sugar. I thought I'd use Sandor Katz
's Spontaneous Hard Cider recipe to let the fermentation just happen over the next week. After I made the cider last night, I set the two containers out on top of two towels on my counter, covered the tops with a cheesecloth and went to bed. Now, here's where my lack of planning becomes a problem: I'm going out of town for a week starting Saturday. This morning I realized, "hey, trying my first fermentation experiment while I'm not there to monitor might not be so smart."
Dear hive mind: what do I do now? Do I continue with this "plan" and leave the containers in the sink, so the frothy mess will at least be easier to clean up in a week? Do I abandon the project and get rid of the cider before my trip? If so, is it safe to drink after being left out last night or should I throw it away? Is there another option entirely that I'm not thinking of?
I don't know what I'm afraid will happen, but that's usually where I get in trouble. I've never fermented anything before. Is this totally nothing to worry about or an insane idea?