How to make Elder Flower wine
The Elder tree (Sambucus), is an interesting tree as you can make 2 wines from the same tree, one a white wine from the Elder flowers which around out around May time here in the UK and then later in the year, late August early September you can make a rich red wine, more of a port than wine with the Elderberries. Elder flower wine is a light dry white wine. Since it will take time to pick flowers you must be selective about the blossom. Imperfect or dirty blossom must not be used. It should be just full out, but not overblown. Wash and leave to dry a while.
You will need
· 5 gallon bin with a tight lid
· Fermentation jar and air lock
· 1 pint of Elder flowers
· 8 pints of boiling water
1 oz (28g) whole ginger or grated rind of 1 lemon
To each gallon juice:
· ¼ oz (7g) of wine yeast
· 3 lb’s (1.4kg) of sugar
Juice of 1 orange or lemon
What to do
1. Place the washed Elder flowers with the ginger or lemon into the 5 gallon bin.
2. Pour over 8 pints of boiling water
3. Place lid on and leave to stand for 4 days to infuse
4. After 4 days, strain off liquid and measure.
5. Add the measured liquid, sugar, the orange or the lemon juice and yeast to the fermentation jar, place air lock and leave in a warm place (65 to 75f to ferment).
6. When the bubbling as stopped, the wine should be then stirred.
7. Leave for 3 or 4 days to settle
8. Strain the liquid into a cask, making sure you fill it to the brim (this is important to do so), cork and leave for several months to mature
9. After several months of maturing, pour into bottles, cork and leave in a cool dark place for a further few more months at least.
After a few months it should be ready to drink. Hope you enjoy
Take care and have fun.