Elderberry and Apple Wine (my own recipe!)

Elderberry and apple wine

I have just completed racking my first batch of elderberry and apple wine. This is an exciting step further into the unknown! I have taken all of the understanding gaining by brewing up a storm all summer and autumn, and have developed my own recipe for an apple and elderberry wine.

Elderberry wine has been so forgiving to my mistakes as a beginner brewer. I am hoping that if it starts to go wrong, taste problems will be ameliorated by this magical berry, the berry of the elder.

I have remembered to add the pectic enzyme to prevent ropiness, and what I thought was the right amount of sugar to make a dry wine.

So far, so good;

The results:

Original Gravity: 1.050

After the second rack I have remeasured the gravity and the new result is 1.030, it is still really sweet.

Using the C.J.J Berry Method for determining the alcoholic content of a wine (ABV = (O.GS.G) / 7.36) I get 2.71 ABV. I need to wait a year after bottling, but it appears I am on course to make a very weak, too-sweet wine.

If it has a very low alcoholic content, my alternate as a substitute in any recipe that calls for a red wine base.


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About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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