Blogs

Write new blog
ourgoodlifeuk

Elderberry Wine!!!!

by ourgoodlifeuk published on

This has to be in the top 5 foragers homebrew recipes. Simple to make and a delight to drink! Below is our first batch from our new home (we have an elder at the bottom of the garden). Not a bad tipple but better in taste than on the nose!




20110505-135205.jpg




Ingredients:







  • 1.5kg Elderberries.



  • 1.5kg Sugar



  • 1tsp Citric Acid.



  • 4.5l Water



  • Yeast and Nutrient






Method:







  1. Strip the berries from the stalks using a fork.



  2. Crush them in a bowl and pour on the boiling water and add the sugar.



  3. Let it cool to 21? then add the yeast, nutrient and citric acid.



  4. Loosely cover for 3 days and then decant into dark bottles (stops the wine losing its colour) and leave with either an air lock or cotton wool until the vigorous ferment has completed.



  5. Once the ferment has completed siphon off into the final dark bottles to lay down for a minimum of 6 months.



  6. Enjoy on its own or as an addition to a summer martini!






N.B. If you don't have any dark bottles for the initial ferment then we put the wine into demi-johns and then wrapped them in newspaper to keep the light out.

7 replies
Replied on

Hi, I've had a bash at this wine (pretty much my first wine-making attempt) and it's sat in the bottles just looking at me and making no attempt to ferment. I added yeast nutrient i.e. all-in-one, not two separate items, was that a mistake? Also, in my over-eager way, I bunged it in dry without mixing with water first (note to self, read instructions properly). Any rescue suggestions would be gratefully received.

Replied on

I used this recipe but used 1.2 kg of local honey instead of the 1.5 kg sugar (for a dry and lower alcohol finished product) and lemon juice instead of citric acid. I also racked it into another demijon and soaked some chipped oak barrels in it for 3 weeks before bottling. It tastes quite nice but should be better in 2-3 years.

Replied on

tired to make elderflower cordial but didnt kill all the natural yeast and started to ferment, was so stong and dry it was almost undrinkable so mixed with pear cider at 60/40 pear and was lovely also mixed 50/50 with rhubarb then60/40 pear also lovely

Replied on

oh yeah! i am sure it will be fine provided the sugar dissolved.... did it?

Replied on

Hi there, I just started making this and suddenly realised it doesn't say anywhere when to add the sugar. I added it when the temp had fallen to about 60 degrees C. Will that be OK?

Replied on

it was a packet of the granulated red wine yeast you can buy from any homebrew shop and a teaspoon of nutrient. The whole ferment took 6 months, but i bottled it after about 3 months. Be careful of the geyser effect I have had glass bottles explode before! My last attempt at elderflower champagne was rather disappointing so I stick to making the cordial now.

Replied on

What a glorious colour! I tried elderberry wine last year but it didnt work out. It was too sweet and thick if that makes sense. I will try your method next time. How much yeast and nutrient do I use? How long does yours ferment for? I have some elderflower champagne on the go at the moment - first attempt. I ran out of screw top wine bottles and had to use one clip lock type bottle. Every so often its like a little geyser and hisses at me for a second so I know that one is working! lol

To leave a response to the post you will need to be a registered user. Sign-up here or Login here
@rivercottage
  • RT @AnnaPitt: @rivercottage fave autumn treat: bonfire, mulled wine, pumpkin soup and the glow of pumpkin lanterns #cookeveryday
  • @jonnytbonewils over to @lambposts...
  • WATCH: Make your own traditional apple and blackberry fruit leather with @thepamthejam link #cookeveryday
  • RT @Alpro_UK: We’re whipping up our hazelnut orange custard @RiverCottage – it's one of our fave autumn treats! #cookeveryday link
  • RT @plymouthcanteen: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Head Chef here at the Plymouth Canteen link
  • RT @thetimes: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on how his mum taught him to bake, only in today's @thetimes (@rivercottage) link
  • RT @comeconella: @rivercottage all things butternut! #cookeveryday
  • @JayAllen33 @RiverCottageHQ good question! Let's ask @lambposts...
  • RT @CoopFayB: @rivercottage blackberry & apple crumble. Perfect from the picking through to the eating. #cookeveryday
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage My fave autumn treat? It's spring in Oz, so I'm gonna say rhubarb!! #cookeveryday
  • RT @violetpsyche: @rivercottage My favourite autumn treat: has to be treacle toffee. #cookeveryday
  • Happy Monday all! #20 on #cookeveryday is favourite autumn treats (edible or otherwise) - let's hear them now... link
  • RT @violetpsyche: @rivercottage Veg I grow in my garden: None this year. I grow fruit and want to grow more veg, if slugs will let me! #coo…
  • RT @truss_abbie: @rivercottage #cookeveryday grow veg on my allotment but in the garden is fennel...lots of other herbs and wild garlic in …
  • #19 for #cookeveryday is all about veg. What do you grow in your garden? #growyourown link
  • RT @RiverCottageHQ: . @rivercottage we love ALL cheese, especially that made by @tomthecheese on our course! link #cooker…
  • RT @lisa_spelling: @rivercottage all of them!! But especially Waterloo and stinking bishop and sharpham rustic with a large glass of port! …
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage Cheese of choice? Too hard! I love them all! Something French, creamy & smelly... Mmm... #cookeveryday
  • Morning #cookeveryday fans! Time for #18, what's your favourite cheese? link
  • Hugh helped raise money for #StandUpToCancer with @starservice! Can you help too? link
  • RT @rose_rambles: @rivercottage My family's favourite cake to make & eat: vanilla sponge filled with cream & sliced pear #cookeveryday http…
  • RT @whitstabob: @rivercottage it's presently Lemon, lavender and almond because it's the only edible one I've ever made! link
  • #17 for #cookeveryday: what's your favourite cake to make / eat? Go! link
  • Hungry? Find high welfare meat retailers near you link @PigBusiness link
  • RT @RiverCottageHQ: Come together to toast the #festive period with a seasonal aperitif & a roaring log fire in our yurt. Book now! http://…
  • RT @johnmushroom: @rivercottage #cookeveryday. Not yet mastered? Pastry. But how hard can it be? River Cottage Handbook needed, I think.
  • Keep your #cookeveryday answers coming - what cookery course would you like to do? What skill have you yet to master? link
  • Vote with your wallet. Watch @PigBusiness’ 3-minute video and sign the #PigPledge link
  • Today's #cookeveryday is: what's your ideal cookery course? What would you most like to learn? #cookeryschool
  • The new 3 minute #PigPledge video reveals the true cost of cheap pork - watch, share and sign! link
  • RT @BloomsburyCooks: Fantastic day today spent down in the farm @rivercottage - we got to ride on a tractor?! WINNING link
  • Keep your favourite chefs coming in - and remember to tag with #cookeveryday. Lots of love for @jamieoliver @rick_stein @Ottolenghi, Hugh...
  • RT @Lanzy_88: @rivercottage fav chefs wud have to be Hugh and the Hairy Bikers #cookeveryday
  • @hugo_harrison Assume you've seen Hugh's new one, #lightandeasy? It's packed with #wheatfree and #dairyfree recipes: link
  • RT @WinCanteen: Who's coming to meet Hugh tomorrow? He will be here at 10.30am to meet guests and sign his new book @rivercottage
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage My fave chef/cook..? I do love Hugh and @jamieoliver too. Keep fighting your good fights boys! #cookeveryday
  • RT @plymouthcanteen: The amazing talent Elise Yuill will be playing on Weds 15 October, come and enjoy beautiful music while you dine. http…
  • RT @ddtcm: @rivercottage #cookeveryday Keith Floyd. Full of enthusiasm and an inspiration. He was a legend.
  • RT @HappyDaysNo1: @rivercottage My favourite chefs are @jamieoliver @Rick_Stein & Hugh. 'Three Good Things'! #cookeveryday
  • RT @ar_weston: @rivercottage #cookeveryday My mom had never put a bad plate in front of me. :-)
  • Morning all, we want to hear your favourite chefs today for #cookeveryday - famous or otherwise. Go! link
  • RT @spanglotron: @rivercottage Hmmm French or Italian? French for variety? Robust and hearty to dainty and refined. Something for all seaso…
  • RT @HappyDaysNo1: @rivercottage my favourite cuisine has to be Chinese. #cookeveryday
  • RT @PigBusiness: .@rivercottage We completely agree! #PigPledge #Day2Welfare link
  • Sorry @davidwalliams - we knocked you off the #1 slot in the book chart x link
  • Hugh's #lightandeasy book is back at #1 in the chart. Got your copy yet? #wheatfree #dairyfree link @BloomsburyCooks
  • RT @NatalieKennedy: @rivercottage - favourite cuisine? got to be Indian! #cookeveryday
  • RT @renc_g: @rivercottage My favourite national cuisine... i couldn't choose between Mexican & Vietnamese... Yumm!!! #cookeveryday
  • RT @violetpsyche: @rivercottage Favourite national cuisine: Tough choice, but Italian gets my vote. #cookeveryday
  • So, if you had to pick just one national cuisine what would it be? Early votes in for Italian... #cookeveryday link
Login or Sign-up

Login & Sign-up

Forgotten your password? Retrieve it here
Or connect via Facebook
Connect with Facebook
Join River Cottage
Close
Shopping basket: 0 items £0.00