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    Default Elderberry wine

    Does anyone have a recipe for elderberry wine.

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    I do, but when I made it, it was AWFUL tasting. It did make excellent drain cleaner, however.

    I hope you have better luck than I did

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    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    right here, right now


    LOL sassy, I was thinkin o you when read this post. We used the same recipe, and it stunk up my cupboard for months. At least it didnt blow up like grandpa's root beer.

    So beetlecrusher, I have the recipe (uses the crushed berries, not the blossoms) and happy to share it, but honestly, I was happier with the elderberry jelly I made. Either pm me or answer here. -H
    All generalizations are false, including this one. - Mark Twain

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    La-la Land


    I used to make elderberry wine based mostly on red grape juice concentrate from Boots (do they still do home brewing/winemaking stuff?) and fresh elderberries in season, or dried ones when not. There used to be a grand home brew shop in Morningside in Edinburgh where I got the dried berries.

    I only ever had two problems with elderberry wine.
    (a) It seems to get you very drunk. I read somewhere that elderberries have exactly the right nutrients to keep the yeast robust and healthy so it can ferment to a high alcohol level.
    (b) One batch I made I bottled too early and it did a secondary fermentation in the bottles. Good thing we had a dark brown carpet...

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    Not a great fan of elderberry - prefer elderflower - but have made it from both fresh and dried berries. Made one batch from the dried ones and it tasted like a good port. How it happened I don't know, but we weren't able to do it again, unfortunately.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    right here


    There is a link here with a recipe.

    Hope this helps.

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