After I wrote about it the other day, I decided to try my hand at making cider syrup. The first lesson I learned is that you don't have to be afraid of applying heat, I had it at a fairly low boil and after an hour it was not even reduced by half. After turning it up and letting it get to a rolling boil things progressed faster, but it still took me about 3.5 hours to get 1.75 gallons reduced. I ended with more than 32oz of syrup so I'm only at 1/8 or so. It's a little runny, very sweet and packs a heck of an apple punch.
And now for some strange boiling pictures.
In the first picture, if your crazy like me you will see a huge monster mouth, and see that this pot was really full when I started. (this is a perspective shot)
Now you cannot see anything because the damn pot is boiling and steam is hard to see through.
Finally you will see the end product, the reduced cider cooling down so I could pour it into something and not burn the F#ck out of my hand.