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Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260196 British Red
Wed May 09, 2012 11:05 pm

This is my adaption, of of a much passed around recipe - I claim no originality - but it is a favourite

Ingredients:

For each demijohn (6 bottle batch) you will need

2lb elderberrys
1lb Oranges
7 pints water
1/4 oz wine yeast
3lb sugar

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Note - I am making a double batch - which requires some pretty hefty pan sizes!

Strip the berries from the stalks by combing them off with a fork and weigh out the required quantity

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Rinse the berries off. I bought one of these large "Over sink" collanders a few years back - very handy!

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Peel a couple of large oranges per batch

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Stick your water on to heat now. You'll want a big pan - for a double batch a large stock pot is needed

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Whilst the water is heating, rough chop your oranges

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Then take a glass of room temperature orange juics and add a teaspoon of wine yeast. Stir well and leave. It will go frothy which proves the yeast is activated

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Weight out your sugar

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Dissolve sugar in minimum necessary boiling water stirring constantly

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By now your water should be boiling

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Add the elderberries and chopped orange

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Simmer for 10 minutes and leave to cool

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Your yeast starter should now be frothy like this

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Pour the starter into clean, sterilised demijohns along with the sugar solution.

Whilst your "must" is cooling, sterilise another large pan or food grade bucket and set a collander up above it. I do this out doors cos this stuff will stain!

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Using a jug, pass the cool pust through the collander to remover the large fruit bits.

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Now set up a funnel with a double layer of muslin over it.

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Filter the must into the demojohn(s).

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Bung in an airlock. The first fermentation will be violent so leave plenty of "headspace". Top up when things are calm.

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When fermentation is complete, rack off and bottle. Leave for six months.

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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260203 Green Aura
Thu May 10, 2012 7:29 am

Does it keep OK BR, or is that a silly question? :roll: :lol:

I notice you don't put in any tannin or yeast nutrient.
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260204 becks77
Thu May 10, 2012 7:35 am

Wouldn't hang around long enough to find out in my house! :drunken: looks delicious and a great method in pictures ...thank you x
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260217 trinder
Thu May 10, 2012 10:22 am

thanks British Red a really clear set of instructions. (eat your heart out MKG I've got a new best friend) only kidding is anyone that fickle- :hugish:
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260218 British Red
Thu May 10, 2012 10:27 am

Green Aura wrote:Does it keep OK BR, or is that a silly question? :roll: :lol:

I notice you don't put in any tannin or yeast nutrient.


GA,

I've never needed yeast nutrient in it, I suspect there is enough material in the fruit.

It keeps at least three years, I confess I haven't managed to hang on to it for longer. It really benefits from at least six months aging.
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #260230 MKG
Thu May 10, 2012 1:39 pm

I have the same problem, Red. I like to know what my maturing wines are doing, so I tend to test them at regular intervals. It's amazing how often I suddenly realise I've tested it all.

One day, I will get a wine to 5-years old.

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EDIT: Note for GA ... you never want to add any tannin to an elderberry wine - it already has an excess.

EDIT2: Note for Trinder ... :( :pale:
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #263617 Poochy Pie
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:32 pm

Hi

I am new to wine making and would like to try elderberry wine later this year and love the photo guidelines for your recipe - however this recipe is for an elderberry port - how does this differ to elderberry wine?

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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #263632 boboff
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:42 am

This isn't really port, it's wine, but port sounds nicer I think.
Port is fortified, with added alcohol in the legal sence commercially, but for home use I think the term is descriptive in the wine is very strong and very full bodied, just like a port, to call Elderberry a wine made like this would really do it a dis-service, it's that good!
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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #263633 Poochy Pie
Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:39 am

Can't wait to try it!!!!

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Re: Elderberry Port Recipe & Pictures

Post: #274857 Stoney
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:33 am

So you might say I have been bitten by the wine making bug! Anyhow i would like to make this out of season so i have a few questions if anyone can help me?

I have seen "ready in 3 weeks" elderberry wine kits in a local shop. Could i use the elderberry concentrate from these kits with a bag of frozen blackberries to make this?

Would i need to buy port yeast or could i use the yeast that came with the kit or the all purpose wine yeast i have?


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