Elder berry wine brewing
Am especially pleased with the elderberry wine I’ve recently bottled. Now I need to let it sit for the next year until I can drink it.
This was another wine made from a recipe I read in Booze by John Wright.
Forking the elderberries off the umbels is tiresome, to say the least. The smell of this wine as I was bottling it is very hopeful though. So hopeful, I went out and picked and froze a couple of baskets of elderberries, to continue brewing into winter.
A simple to make red wine.
Wash the berries
Fork off the berries from the umbels
Hot water to kill the bugs
Crush the berry flesh (but not the pips!)
Add yeast, aerate and leave to begin fermenting
Day One fermenting and aeration
Day Two fermenting and aeration
Fermenting elderberry wine
Day Three fermenting and aeration, not changed greatly
Day Four fermenting and aeration
Day Five fermenting and aeration
Good record keeping is important
Leave to sit in first rack to complete ferment (a week?) before transferring with second rack to clarify