A Tiger Barn Cattery Wine Recipe
Whatever elderberry wine recipe you choose, don't add any tannin. If you have elderberries in a recipe, you don't need to add grape juice, raisins or tea ... Also, you can use a few more and get a real heavy body to the wine.
3 Lbs of Elderberries
7 pints of boiling water
1 crushed campden tablet
1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 tsp citric acid or 1 lemon's juice
2-3 Lbs of sugar
1 tsp of yeast nutrients
Good yeast for Red Wine
My rule is of thumb is really only add as much sugar as you need to reach an SG of say 1.080 - 1.085 and that will almost guarantee a dry ferment at 12%.
An elderberry wine recipe that anyone, novice, n00b or expert can have a go at. September is a perfect time for elderberries and walking in the countryside looking for these darlings.
One other thing, while I totally love elderflower, I really dislike a strong elderberry flavour, but this wine when it's mature is wonderful.
Tuesday 14th September 2010
Picked 6 Lb's of elderberries from Claire's garden, stripped, stalked and froze 3 Lbs for this wine. The full story of how I came by 6 Lbs of elderberries is in this post.
Wednesday 15th September 2010
Crushed 3 Lbs of elderberries in a bucket.
Poured over 4 pints of boiling water.
Added a crushed campden tablet
Left until bedtime
Added 1 tsp Pectolase
Thursday 16th September 2010
Placed 2 Lbs of sugar in another bucket
Poured 4 pints of boiling water over
Strained the pulp onto the sugar syrup.
1 tsp citric acid
Added TronOzymol yeast nutrient
Added Bordeaux Yeast
Took an SG reading and added another 1 Lb of sugar up to SG: 1.088
Fermented for 5 days
21st September 2010
Strained into Demijohn
1 Gallon of Elderberry wine.
1088 -> 998 = 12.2% Alcohol
Saturday 9th October 2010
1st Rack topped up with Elderberry reserve
SG: 0.990 = 13.25% Alcohol
January 24th 2011
2nd Rack added a campden tablet.
July 5th 2011
Leave 6 months to Mature (Editorial: Or ignore yourself and bottle it in February!)
Clearing & Maturing: 1st Feb 2011
Bottled: 20th February 2011 - 6 x bottles
Drinkable: February 2012