[NAFEX] elderberry goo
helbert at idirect.com
Mon Dec 11 16:57:13 EST 2006
I have never had this elderberry goo.
I strip all berries from the 'umbrellas' with a fork- thus no stem material. Stem material may be the problem
Elderberry wine blended say 15% by volume enhances 'kit' Cab Sav wine. Asippin on a glass right now.
Miekal, what is a citrus cleaner? Cheers Bert
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Think Blending-Not Varietals
From: mIEKAL aND
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 1:01 PM
I've found that the riper the elderberries the less goo that is produced. Also, the last two years, I used a steam juicer to extract the juice & that makes a tremendous difference in the amount of goo. However, the steam juicer produces a much different wine than using whole fruit in the primary, I've found it to have a lot less tannins.
Also if you want to use something organic for cleaning the glassware, I've found that the citrus cleaners work quite well.
On Dec 11, 2006, at 11:42 AM, Michelle Horner wrote:
I don't remember if it was members on this list or the "grow wine" list that commented earlier this fall about the gummy residue when dealing with elderberries. Well, I had the same experience and had a huge mess trying to clean up my initial utensils. My primary fermentor is still sitting in the kitchen with gummy on its sides and I just have not had the heart to tackle it. Of course I was dreading my 1st rack--I had a 5 and 6 gallon carboy both with elderberry young wine going. I could see the same green gummy stuff adhered to the sides from the shoulder to the mouth. UUGGH. I was figuring I'd have to sacrifice the carboys, and I dreaded the thought of gumming up anything else! Well, its a miracle!! In desperation I put about 3/4 cup of Oxy-Clean powder (detergent enhancer) in the 5 gallon carboy. It is as clean as a whistle!! I recycled it to the 6 gallon, added some water to the top. It is also clean as a whistle! 3rd recycle into that nasty primary fermentor--its soaking right now, but looking good. yipppppeeeeeee!!!!
Michelle Horner zone 4/5 SE WI
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