How To Make Elderberry Wine

Elderberry Wine
Place the elderberries into a large pan
Pour over 2 pints/1 litre of boiling water
Let them soak for 20 minutes stirring occasionally
Crush the berries with a potato masher or similar
Strain off the elderberry liquor with into a sterilized fermenting bucket
Add the minced sultanas
Add 2 pints/1 litre of boiling water to a pan and dissolve in the sugar
Pour the sugar syrup into the fermenting bin
Using same pan add chopped peeled bananas to 1 pint/0,5 litre of water and simmer for 25 minutes
Strain off the banana liquor into the fermenting bucket
When cooled to 21°C/70°F add the citric acid pectic enzyme (pectolase) yeast nutrient and yeast
Cover and leave to ferment for 3 days stirring twice each day
Strain and transfer to a demijohn, top up to shoulder with cooled boiled water
Fit airlock and bung and leave in warm place to ferment
Rack off as required until it clears then bottle, ready to drink after 12 months
Top tip : best served chilled

Preparation time: 60 minutes

Initial fermentation time: 14 days

Time to be ready to drink: 12 months

Sweetness: Dry

Calories per bottle: 400 approx

Yield: 6 bottles

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