The slur hurled at Arthur and his knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is well known. Less well known is Elderberry Wine, sometimes known as ‘Englishman’s Port’. Elderberries were in fact used in Port production to give more body and tannins, until the practice was made illegal. Anyway, not to be discouraged I decided to make some wine from the berries, meaning that I have now made wine from both flowers and berries of the same tree.
1.5 kg elderberries
1.25 kg sugar
1 tsp citric acid
water to 4.5 litres
Burgundy yeast and nutrient
Strip elderberries from stems using a fork. Pour 3.5 litres of boiling water over the berries and allow to cool until about 21 degrees C. Add citric acid, yeast and nutrient, and leave covered for three days. Strain onto sugar, transfer to demijohn and fit airlock. It will probably froth a…
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