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.
SG: 0.998
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