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Elderflowers can make a gorgeous wine! Sometimes they smell strongly of cats-Avoid these flowers and pick some from somewhere else!





Elderflowers  -
Try to use flowers that are in full sun as these seem to give the best flavour and bouquet.

1/2 Litre of Petals,stripped off the stalks and packed loosely
1. kg Sugar
250 gram  white grape concentrate or a Litre of apple juice
1 teaspoon of Pectolase
1 small teaspoon of Tannin
1 Teaspoon of Yeast Nutrient
1 teaspoon of acid Blend or citric acid
Gervin No 3 or all purpose yeast.

Strip most of the petals off the stalks, a few bits don't matter,and pour 2 pints boiling water over them.
Leave overnight and add the rest of the ingredients and 4 pints cold water
Leave 2 days and strain into a demi- john.
When the vigorous bubbling slows down,top up to one gall with cold water and leave to ferment out as normal
After about two weeks all the bubbling will have stopped, syphon into a clean demi john and add:
one campden tablet and 1 potassium sorbate tablet.
We usually add Kwik Cleer  finings at this point.
It's better to taste the wine before you add the campden tablet, if it's too sweet leave it a bit longer, if it's too dry{sour} you can always sweeten it later.
 Using apple juice instead of grape concentrate gives a different wine that tends to mature quicker.
Drink when clear!