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Elderflower Champagne
Tue 14-Jun-11
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Toffeeapple
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This all sounds very fraught Janet  I hope it is all worthwhile.

I'll try that again!

Tue 14-Jun-11
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You're telling me!

Still bubbling away

Thu 16-Jun-11
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I need to start this years elderflower wine soon. I've got a demijohn of last years sloe and blackberry wine sitting in the kitchen waiting for me to bottle it. My usual recipe is 1litre each of apple juice and grape juice, sugar and elderflowers. This year I might try a more traditional elderflower and lemon based recipe if I remember to look out for cheap lemons...

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Fri 17-Jun-11
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Cheap lemons?  Try Aldi, I got 5 for 49p recently.

I'll try that again!

Mon 4-Jul-11
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We've now got the Elderflower wine bubbling away, done the champagne for the second year running and now getting the hang of it, though it was a bit like Disprin.  Next is the Elderberry wine, in the field behind us the little fellas are abundant but obviously still very green.  I'm keeping an eye on them and they're plump I'll get out there and grab the bloomin' lot. 

We've used bread yeast in the Elderflower would that ruin it?

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Mon 4-Jul-11
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Hi Tim

Elderberries will be another couple of months yet, no idea about the bread yeast, but I added a pinch or so of brewers yeast to my Elderflower Champagne as it didn't seem to be doing much, and then I ended up having to put it in a demi john for a couple of weeks as it went to the other extreme. Just put my first 2 ltres into flip top bottles tonight and then put them in the fridge, so hope to try it properly chilled tomorrow night.

Tue 5-Jul-11
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Hi Tim,

I've been using bakers yeast to make wine and cider for years. It hasn't had any noticeable effect on the flavour and I've also made wine which has reached around 15% using it. People in the know reckon that proper wine yeast give better results (even down to using different yeasts for red or white wines etc) but I'm a bit cheap so I never bother with those!

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Tue 5-Jul-11
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Oh yeah Terrier I know we've a couple of months to go but I need to be first to grab 'em before the others, bit like the sales I suppose.  I went and put yeast in the champagne last year and then bottled it.  I used flip top bottles too and the contents got more and more explosive and more and more foul tasting.  I would need to stand the bottle in a large saucepan and hod a plastic jug over the topto contain the jet before flipping the lid.

The last bottle had the same treatment of containment but this time the lid complete with the hinge mechanism, left the bottle removed the bottom of the jug and hit the ceiling, I got covered and it was not very nice tasting either.

So you're right, demijohn to let it calm down but I find i needs to be drunk quickly.

Bobquail, you've given me the taste for opening some of my cider now, made it last Autumn, added a few sloes and it's alright.  I didn't add yeast just apples and sugar, got the recipe from Farmhouse Fayre.

Well, that didn't go quite as expected

Tue 10-Jun-14
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resurrecting an old post,

Started a batch of elderflower champagne off today. Picked about 20 elderflower heads this morning, and popped them in to a bucket with 6 litres water, (4 of boiling, 2 of cold) 700g sugar and juice and zest of 5 small lemons. Will add the yeast shortly now it is cooler, I won't rely on natural yeast, using a wine yeast and I will add some nutrient as well.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sun 15-Jun-14
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Filtered off the elderflowers today and poured the liquid in to a demi-john, have approx. 1 litre over, so put that in a Kilner jar for now. Yeast does not appear too active, but it has been working  as beside a lovely aroma of elderflower, there is an alcoholic smell as well. May have to re-kick start the yeast if nothing happens by tomorrow.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sun 22-Jun-14
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The last couple of times I've tried to make elderflower fizz, it has come out fairly flat. I tried several rounds of adding sugar and even more yeast but couldn't get it to pressurize properly. At least it tastes ok as a still wine. I meant to try again this year but haven't had time.

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Sun 22-Jun-14
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I have kick started the yeast by adding some sugar and more dried wine yeast, but it seems to have stopped again. I want to find some champagne bottles and decant the liquid and add more sugar to each bottle and see if I can get a good fizz to develop.

When I worked, we had all the kit for making sparkling alcoholic drinks, and that included elderflower champagne, so I do miss the availability of that.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Mon 28-Mar-16
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we made elderflower champagne a few years ago for my sisters hand fasting, its was easy to make, tasted amazing and refreshing. and it was defiantly  alchoholic. the only problem we encountered was one of the bottles exploding in the middle of the night which was a shock, luckily we had them in the bath just incase.

was worth it for sure =]

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Our daughter made some, too. Unfortunately she left hers in the kitchen - took a long while before the kitchen was clean again, as she has rustic tiles, with lots of small places to trap the 'stickiness'. doh  whistle

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Ha ha, yes I remember the fun I had making it, I had it stored in an outbuilding, I started it off in a demijohn with an airlock for the first few days, but then had recommended to me to use 2 or 3 litre plastic pop bottles, as it's easy to see when they need air letting out ( daily) thinking about it again this year, made cordial last year and it went mouldy...which I knew it would as here was no boiling of the liquid in the recipe I used.

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