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Elderberry recipes please



  • Penelope_Penguin
    Penelope_Penguin Posts: 17,288 Forumite
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    edited 2 November 2010 at 3:14PM
    That's not looking good :( wine yeast tends to fall to the bottom - that looks like a mat of mould.

    But if it's been fermenting for a couple of weeks, the alcohol should inhibit the mould.

    Did you get a fast and furious fermentation?
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  • Hi

    Did you get a fast and furious fermentation? , No seem to take ages for anything to happen will I have to throw this away 8-( ?
  • Does it smell alcoholy or yeasty? - to be honest that looks like it hasn't fermented at all and is just mouldy.
    If you haven't got it - please don't flaunt it. TIA.
  • yeasty in smell
  • Farway
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    Have a small sip, if it tastes vinegary or musty, ditch it

    To me the top looks like normal yeasty froth, same as one gets on beer
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  • Yes had a try to my surprise it tasted pretty good so will save it.

    Many Thanks
  • Looks to me as if the wine is fermenting in the usual way - I have made elderberry wine (and lots of other wines) over the last few years and yours looks fine to me. I usually get a froth on the top when it is going really well - is the fermentation lock bubbling away furiously too?
  • I have just raided the elderberry tree at my brothers alotment and now would like to make wine.

    Does anyone have any easy, tasty receipies please?
    Lucylema x :j
  • Chris25
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    ah, my favourite fruit wine - luscious elderberry!

    and there are loads on here
  • Seakay wrote: »
    1 quart (ie 2 pints) ripe elderberries, off the stalk
    half pint vinegar (any type)
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 shallots chopped very fine (I use 1 medium onion)
    6 cloves
    20 black peppercorns
    2 inches of root ginger

    Put the berries in an ovenproof dish (pyrex is good as no danger of staining) with the vinegar and cook for 30 minutes at the bottom of a warm oven (250F,121C, gas mark half) then turn oven off and leave overnight.
    Strain off the juice into a pan, add all the other ingredients and boil for 10 minutes, then strain through a sieve and bottle.

    This is a flavouring sauce, in the style of Worcestershire Sauce, and can be used at once although it does improve with age and will keep for years.

    Eliza Acton suggests that it is good with fish, and it is also nice added to a pan of frying liver.

    I've just seen this (picked Elderberries today) and wondered what 2 pints of Elderberries is in weight?
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