7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

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7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Robbo » Mon Sep 22, 2014 19:31

Hi everyone....been out of the country for a while. I've been helping an old buddy of mine with a security contract. I have spent the last week foraging for berries and I have enough for a 7 gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune wine.

Have a look at my recipe and give me your thoughts.

6.35 KG or 14 lbs of Elderberries
3.175 KG or 7 lbs of Blackberries
4 x 410 g of tinned Prunes with syrup
8 KG of Sugar
7 crushed Campden Tablets
5 Tsps of Pectrolase
5 Tsps of Citric Acid
1 Tsp of Tannin
7 Tsps of Yeast Nutrient
2 Sachets of Gervin GV4 yeast.

After fermenting on the pulp, I'm going to add another Sachet of Gervin as I think a lot of my yeast colony may be held back in the pulp.

After working out the sugar in the fruit and the sugar to be added, I think my wine will come out at around 16% ABV.

I have my berries in a fermenting tub defrosting at the moment and would appreciate any feed back.

Thanks Guys :thumb:
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby BrewWoo » Mon Sep 22, 2014 22:22

Why so much sugar?
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Robbo » Tue Sep 23, 2014 17:31

The extra sugar is to push the yeast up to around the 16% range. I'm going to ferment on the pulp for 15 days, stirring twice a day. My next idea is to split the must into three amounts.
The first amount I'm keeping as a wine the second portion is to be fortified with Brandy and the last I'm going to push the yeast in stages and try to reach the 20 to 22 % abv.
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby robwalker » Tue Sep 23, 2014 17:41

beastly. good choice on the low tannin, elderberry should supply that in abundance.

Your port won't be very full bodied - you have 3lbs of fruit per gallon and I would use at least 5lb, maybe 7lb (but not 7lb elderberry! lol god, I couldn't imagine) so I would suggest racking onto some red wine enhancer or some juice for those two. With that quantity of fruit, it's more like a table red in terms of body.

Just a suggestion - I'm sure whatever you do, you'll have a great wine at the end.
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Robbo » Wed Sep 24, 2014 07:56

My fermenting tub is full to the top with a small head space so adding more fruit isn't an option ...... I'll have to go down the red wine enhancer route.

This is the first time I have made such a large volume of elderberry and blackberry wine in one go. How much wine enhancer should I use.
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Robbo » Thu Sep 25, 2014 16:55

I've been out to Wilko's today and grabbed 2 bottles of Red Grape Concentrate.....should be enough for the 2 gallons I'm going to step feed with sugar.

Thanks for the advice Rob
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby robwalker » Thu Sep 25, 2014 17:05

Great - should improve the body a bit! good luck mate!
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Robbo » Thu Sep 25, 2014 19:59

Thanks Rob, I really appreciate your help
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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby Aleman » Thu Sep 25, 2014 23:40

I'll be honest and say that for the three gallons of blackberry that I intend to do I bought a beaver dale 6 bottle wine kit as it was cheaper than grape concentrate.

I was quite shocked at how expensive concentrate had become. . . But then it's 20 years since I made any wine. :shock:

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Re: 7 Gallon Elderberry, Blackberry and Prune Wine

Postby robwalker » Fri Sep 26, 2014 18:59

Not a problem mate. Hope you decide to stay - there's a lot of friendly people on here!
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