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by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 5073

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks Brewtrog. You have more or less convinced me that if it ain't broke , don't fix it :sunny: and as my elderflower wine is a favorite of my family and friends I am not going to be risking contaminating my wine making equipment with the addition of vinegar. If the elderflower wine needs an acid ...
by BernardSmith
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 5073

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Hmm.. so the secret is rice... Gotta try that. Thanks
by BernardSmith
Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 5073

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks Brewtrog, Not wanting to hijack my own post here but I also find cultivating wild yeast for sourdough never an easy task. I suspect that the problem is that the pH of the dough is often insufficiently low for yeast to reproduce but sufficiently high for other bacteria to volunteer and create ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 5073

Re: elderflower wine (or champagne)...

Thanks for these quick responses but if the idea of adding acidity was what under girded the use of vinegar then most of the folk recipes also suggest the addition of lemon juice (see for example: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/242620/elderflower-champagne). But more to the point on May 23 2011 ...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: elderflower wine (or champagne)...
Replies: 17
Views: 5073

elderflower wine (or champagne)...

First post here. :wave: I brew beer, make wine, have begun to make my own cheese (using kefir as the culture) so I have some familiarity with fermentation. At least once a year I make a batch of elder flower wine and I am curious. I see that many traditional recipes call for the addition of vinegar,...