1987 Elderberry

September 2006 – We had elderberry bushes growing along the river by our main field. My brother helped me pick the elderberries and strip them off the branches. It was a lot of things … but fun wasn’t one of them. 🙂

But the end result was good!

Ingredients:

Fruit 15-3/4# elderberries
Water 4-3/4 gallons
Sugar 23 cups
Acid Blend 2 tsp
Nutrient 4 tsp
Energizer 2 tsp
Sulfite 1/2 tsp
Pectic Enzyme 2 tsp
Yeast Red Star Epernay II

Method:

Started 08/26/1987
1.087
Yeast added 08/29/1987
1.087
Strained 08/31/1987
1.042
Racked 09/06/1987
0.993
Oak chips added 10/25/1987
0.993
Racked 12/06/1987
0.993
Filtered, #2 filter pad 02/27/1988
0.993
Bottled 05/29/1988
0.993

Notes:

Yield 30 bottles
Alcohol 12.8%
Afterthoughts I strained this one early — SG 1.042 — as the last one came out too heavy. Elderberry wine tends to be heavy in general — very strong flavor. I had customers who made several gallons each year with champagne yeast, feeding it sugar until the yeast died. Then they’d sweeten it up and treat it as a port-style dessert wine.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....