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I am not a wine connoisseur but I know what I like an do not like. I have tried no wine I like better than whit I make using the simple recipe below.

You have likely been told that wine must age a year or so to be drinkable, however, this elderberry wine made without sulfites, sorbates,  preservatives or any other additives is not only drinkable as soon as it is bottled, it is quite enjoyable.  Here is the recipe for one gallon of wine, with the ingredients listed in the order they are used. To make more than one gallon just increase all ingredients proportionately except for the yeast. 1 package of yeast will work for up to 6 gallons. 

  • One gallon of water
  • 3 pounds of sugar
  • 4 to 5 1/3 ounces of dried elderberries ( use 5 1/3 oz. if you use elderberries for their anti-viral properties,)
  • 1 package of yeast.  ( I use Red Star Premier Classique )

Instructions

  • Wash dried elderberries and put in nylon straining bag with several marbles for weight. Tie the open end of the bag. Set aside.
  • Bring water to boil
  • Add the sugar to the pot and stir.
  • Add to the pot the bag filled with the elderberries .
  • Cover and set aside 12 hours, or until cooled to near room temperature.
  • Add the yeast and cover pot with a clean cloth and secure the cloth in place so it doesn't sag into the liquid.
  • Stir and squeeze bag every day, always recovering the pot with cloth after.
  • Ferment in the pot for 4 to 6 days.
  • Transfer liquid to the jugs or carboy, fit airlock.
  • Allow to ferment until fermentation stops.
  • Rack every 30 days until wine clears and all sediment has settled to the bottom.
  • Bottle and enjoy. This wine Improves with age.


Dried Elderberries coming  soon

I will soon have dried elderberries for sale on this site. The price will be about $19.95 per pound. Check back. I am expecting arrival  around November 26th.