If you’ve never tried your hand at wine-making before, this is a fun way to try it out. If done well, this homemade elderberry wine recipe can produce a drink to rival many supermarket brands. And occasionally, you’ll produce something truly exquisite.
Just like grapes, elderberries can differ year on year. Some years every tree seems to be weighed down with massive clusters of plump, juicy fruits that all go ripe at the same time. Other years are leaner. But elder trees are so abundant, you should find enough berries for this recipe.
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- Large fermenting bucket with lid
- Bung and air lock
- Syphon tubing
- Hydrometer (optional)
- Elderberries 2kg/4lb, remove stems and any green berries
- Boiling water 5 litres/8.7 pints of
- Sugar 1.5kg/3 lbs
- Lemon 1, juiced or 1 tsp citric acid
- Pectolase 1 tsp
- Campden tablet 1, optional
- Yeast nutrient 1 tsp