1986 Elderflower

October 2018 – I recall that I saw a package of dried elderflowers in The Winery (this is years before I became a partner). It struck my fancy so I gave it a try.

Ingredients:

Fruit 4 oz dried elderflowers + 2 lemons
Water 1 gallon
Sugar 4#
Citric Acid 1 tsp
Energizer 1/2 tsp
Nutrient 1 tsp
Pectic Enzyme 1/2 tsp
Yeast Red Star Epernay II

Method:

Started 05/18/1986
SG 1.102
Yeast added 05/19/1986
SG 1.102
Strained 05/22/1986
SG 1.010
Racked 05/29/1986
SG 0.988
Racked 06/10/1986
SG 0.988
1.5 cups sugar added 06/10/1986
SG 1.012
Racked 06/30/1986
SG 1.012
Racked 08/15/1986
SG 1.012
Bottled 08/27/1986
SG 1.012

Notes:

Yield 5 bottles
Alcohol 15.5%
Afterthoughts What I remember of this wine is that it wasn’t that interesting. I chalked it up to once tried, then never repeated. 🙂

Although it doesn’t specify, I assume that when I added sugar on 10 June 1986 I was sweetening the wine, so I must have stabilized it with sorbate and sulfite.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....