- Apr 3, 2017
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We picked about 10l FV of elderberries with stalks and leaves on. Could of done with more but was near the end of the season. Then you take the berries off with either a fork or fingers. Gloves and old clothes recommended. They were washed them and frozen for a few weeks. Then you defrost them and mash with a potato masher. To that i added 2 small bottles of red grape concentrate and 3 or 4 liters of red grape juice, juice of a lemon and some table sugar to bring up the ABV. I cant remember exactly what yeast i used , think it was cml red wine or port but i forgot to write it down. You need a high alcohol yeast if possible. I was aiming for around 16% which i managed to get. I left it for a month then strained into a DJ as close to the top as possible. I left that 3 months then racked again and had a glass. There is no problem leaving the berries in all that time but i did ferment about 7 liters so after racking i could have a full DJ. Going to fortify some of it with brandy. Definitely making more next year.
So the wife slipped on some ice last week whilst taking the kids to school, double fracture to the ankle, surgery to pin it all back, now back home and not able to do much. Me - very stressed trying to fit in looking after a 4 & 6 year old, doing school runs, washing, cooking, shopping, housework, and somehow trying to hold down a full time job. Been having a little drink most evenings once I've finally done everything. I did at least manage to keg my latest brew last night.
Last night couple of G&Ts (there was a bottle of tonic open) whilst doing the dinner, and a couple of glasses of WGJ and Apple WOW to wash dinner down.