Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
7daysinaweek

That time of year again. Elderflower champers anyone!

Recommended Posts

We made some for the first time this year and had it mixed with presecco on the beach in the sun the other day. Marvellous.

The flowers will only be good for picking round here for the next few days so I will have to get out again soon. It has been a rewarding exercise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I uncovered about 12 bottles in one of my sheds last week. I thought we had drunk it all. I think it’s last years and it tasted great. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm out this year, the last stuff that was brewed could fuel a car and if enough was consumed you ended up with spinny room syndrome for hours! 

Good for stripping paint and unblocking drains though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

just to resurrect an old thread anyone brewing any this year, i haven't done any for a few years but tempted to have a go again this year, just need to get some yeast and some steriliser tablets.

Edited by paul1966

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We had our first of the season yesterday evening. Very good it was too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has anyone ever made elderberry champagne from Sambucus Nigra ? Just wondered whether it would work as my tree is just sprouting it's pink flower heads.

Have made some ordinary stuff, picked midday during a sunny spell and it was/is great.

OB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when i made elderflower champers many many moons ago ...i cant ever remember putting yeast into it..........yet the reciepes say you do......???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, ditchman said:

when i made elderflower champers many many moons ago ...i cant ever remember putting yeast into it..........yet the reciepes say you do......???

You are quite right there Ditchy. Provided the heads are from a clean atmosphere (not a busy roadside), picked on a sunny day and not washed, there is enough natural yeast to enable fermentation. I've never used yeast and have always had a good batch. 

Going to try heads from my Sambucus Nigra today, which should give a pink blush to the brew.

OB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, Old Boggy said:

You are quite right there Ditchy. Provided the heads are from a clean atmosphere (not a busy roadside), picked on a sunny day and not washed, there is enough natural yeast to enable fermentation. I've never used yeast and have always had a good batch. 

Going to try heads from my Sambucus Nigra today, which should give a pink blush to the brew.

OB

thats excactly what i was told................and the champagne that i got WAS THE COLOUR OF CHAMPAGNE....not that opache colour............

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was reading this thread last night and thought making some would be a fun thing to do.  
 

Whilst cutting the grass an hour ago I seen these white flowers, on a bush, in the front.  Are they elder flowers and if so, where can I buy all the stuff I need?  I know boots used to have a home brewing section. 

DCA73B4D-7E3E-419D-B714-80EE553E9FFF.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, 7daysinaweek said:

@markm

That is not elder flower, picture below is elder flower.

Here is a link to home brew site for the equipment. All you need is fermentation bin, I use the 25litre ones and some of the P.E.T bottles brown 500ml. 

https://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Champagne-Cages-Foils-Stoppers.html

elderflowers.jpeg

Thanks mate. 
 

I’m going hunting this week for some  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 06/06/2020 at 06:55, Old Boggy said:

Has anyone ever made elderberry champagne from Sambucus Nigra ? Just wondered whether it would work as my tree is just sprouting it's pink flower heads.

Have made some ordinary stuff, picked midday during a sunny spell and it was/is great.

OB

Yes. Its pink when made. I fluffed up with too many lemons but may have a go this year. More fragrance to it as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only trouble with natural yeast is that it's not normally strong enough to get a decent fermentation going - Proper yeast and a little sugar give it more bang

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Markm,

Yes that is what you are looking for. Only the open florets will be of any use to you.

The thought of you trying to make a cordial of Pyracantha flowers is amusing. I am pleased you have found the right stuff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...