GA's Elderberry Port

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GA's Elderberry Port

Postby graysalchemy » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:26

Back by popular demand my recipe for Elderberry Port.

This is a nice port but does need time to mature and we are not talking months years if not decades if can wait that long.

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2lb damsons
2lb elderberry
2lb blackberry
1lb raisins
1 tsp pectinase
2lb of sugar

Ferment on the Pulp for a week using a high Gravity Port yeast. Then pit into Dj's. After a month or so when fermentation has stopped rack into clean DJ's. Do this every six months for a year or so then bottle and lay down in a darkened room for eternity.

I usually sweeten it up before bottling with a bit of demerara sugar, and of course you could fortify it with some brandy as well.

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby The Goatreich » Tue Apr 08, 2014 13:03

I have something very similar waiting to be drunk. It had it's first racking around 6 months ago. Is there a reason for the continued racking each 6 months?

My plan was to back sweeten with demerara sugar, to about port sweetness, and bottle in another 6 months time, then wait another year until cracking the first bottle.

I think I remember you saying on the old forum, but (for the good of the new forum) is back sweetening to around 1.010 about right for a port? I presume there's a calculation to aim for the amount of sugar to add per volume to get this.

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby graysalchemy » Tue Apr 08, 2014 14:05

I rack again to get it off all the sediment it takes time to drop.

Sweetening wise I don't' think gave a gravity I always do it to taste.

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby GAZ9053 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 20:11

what do you top it back up with after racking GA?

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby graysalchemy » Sat Apr 12, 2014 20:13

I haven't done, They need racking again and i think I will fortify with brandy next time. Just haven't got any idea of how much to add. :whistle:

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby GAZ9053 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 20:16

I am going to do one this year :thumb: not sure if i can keep it as long as some of your though :D

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Re: GA's Elderberry Port

Postby Frogfurlong » Mon Jun 16, 2014 09:15

graysalchemy wrote:I haven't done, They need racking again and i think I will fortify with brandy next time. Just haven't got any idea of how much to add. :whistle:



For those of us that want to work out how much fortifier to add there is the Pearson Square, it looks scary at first but is actually a doddle to use :thumb:

http://www.grapestompers.com/articles/blending_wine.htm A good explanation on how it works :D However the link to the calculator doesn't work so you could use This one which also has a handy "I only have a litre of brandy how, how much will it fortify it by?" calculator too :thumb:

People assume that Brewing is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big glass of wibbly wobbly... beery weery... stuff.
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