Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

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Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 21:07

I've finally got round to doing this after reading up and stockpiling some fresh fruit (and freezing).

I've ended up with the following:

* 1.7kg blackberries
* 2.5kg elderberries

I've mashed them and added 4L boiled water. Letting it cool before adding pectic enzyme, campden and citric acid.

Got yeast and nutrient to add tomorrow night.

Will ferment on the pulp for 4 days, then strain and add the sugar and top up to 10L with water.

Got wine tannin to add at some stage - how much and at what stage?

Any comments and suggestions welcome.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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Re: Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby oldbloke » Sun Sep 17, 2017 21:39

Elderberries bring quite a bit of tannin to the party on their own. You may not need any. But I've only made it 4 times, more experienced brewers will hopefully be along in a minute
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Re: Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 22:27

oldbloke wrote:Elderberries bring quite a bit of tannin to the party on their own. You may not need any. But I've only made it 4 times, more experienced brewers will hopefully be along in a minute


How about sugar? - I've got 4.2kg of fruit, so was thinking of 4-5kg of sugar.

Also, I'm thinking 10L with this much fruit and sugar might make for too high of an ABV. Maybe 15L is closer?

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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Re: Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby robwalker » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:21

About 700g-1kg per gallon is right for a table red for elderberries. Very strong flavour and colour
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Re: Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby tonyhibbett » Wed Sep 20, 2017 15:00

That much fruit is good for a 2 gallon brew. Both fruits are rich in citric acid and tannin.
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Re: Elderberry and Blackberry wine, first wine attempt

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 20:25

Racked this wine to a 10L demijohn, took a wee swig and I’m pleasantly surprised to say it tastes great and actually like a good red wine. Plenty of body and plenty boozy too. Very happy with how it tastes right now.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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