1986 Elderberry

October 2018 – I’m guessing that after making wine from dried elderberries, I got the idea that fresh had to be better. My brother and I picked the elderberries and it was a serious pain to get them off the branches. We did this again the following year, then never again.

Fruit 11# elderberries
Water 4 gallons
Sugar 10#
Citric Acid 2 tsp
Nutrient 3 tsp
Energizer 2-1/2 tsp
Sulfite 5 Campden tablets
Pectic Enzyme 2-1/2 tsp
Yeast Red Star Epernay II

Started 05/17/1986
SG 1.090
Yeast + 2 tsp energizer added 05/18/1986
SG 1.090
Strained 05/22/1986
SG 0.996
2 cups sugar added 05/22/1986
SG 1.004
Racked 05/29/1986
SG 0.990
Racked 08/15/1986
SG 0.990
Bottled 08/27/1986
SG 0.990

Yield 26 bottles
Alcohol 13.6%
Afterthoughts All I really remember about making elderberry wine was how much of a pain in the butt it was getting the berries off the branches.