[NAFEX] Elderberry wine Martha D
dtv at mwt.net
Mon Nov 5 13:49:38 EST 2007
I've been using WhiteLabs liquid merlot yeast the last several years
to make my elderberry wine & it has made a tremendous difference in
the body & character of the wine.
A number of people have thought they were drinking grapes, but maybe
that doesn't mean anything.
On Nov 5, 2007, at 12:13 PM, Richard MURPHY wrote:
> Hello Martha and All;
> If you bought a wine kit, and it came with dried Elderberries, I
> can almost promise you that they are Nigra, not Canadensis. Across
> the pond, most, if not all are Nigra. When you buy dried
> Elderberries on the web from a Herb Co., they are almost all Nigra
> (I've not seen Can. yet). British people love Elderberry wine.
> Regarding the winemaking........ I've used both successfully.
> DRIED: cheap - always avail - 'unknown spray history' (usually
> wild picked = no spray ??) , no green crud
> FRESH: fresh or frozen - spray history known - green crud.
> What is Green Crud ? It is a component of fresh Elder that turns
> into tar-like green glue on the meniscus of the Primary
> fermentation tank, and in hoses / tools. Not harmful, just a
> nuisance to wash off.
> Both of my wines tasted very similar. Understand that I bring the
> fresh Elderberries (in about 1" of water) in a covered pot to a
> boil for about 3 minutes. This changes their taste, more like that
> of the dried.
> Wine from 2/3 cider and 1/3 Elderberry-cooked-in-water is
> awesome !! Better you make a lot !
> Get the initial S.G. up to 1.09 Ferment to dryness. Back sweeten
> it a lot. (sorbate too) Oh my...
> Cheers !
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