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That time of year again. Elderflower champers anyone!


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Well the last bottle I have is better than ever and if we have friends in for a barbie or whatever I will always add an inch of something to the bottom of the flute before pouring the Pros or Cava. Sometimes it will be damacene vodka but occasionally I will use the elderflower and it always draws a comment as they cannow place that distinctive aroma and when told look in abolute surprise.  I have a very large bottle left so may have some for next year as well.

My elderflower wine is not of the fizzy variety.

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Sounds lovely!

I secondary ferment in the bottle so it results in a fizzy sparkling wine. From your findings it sounds encouraging that even the sparkling variety may have good ageing to it.

I may label date a few bottles and try them over the next 5 years or so and see how they turn out. 

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Yes. I’ve got a 25 litre batch set away since Friday . Last year I tried using champagne yeast and 50/50 brewing sugar and cane sugar…. It actually ended up too strong.

 

This year I’ve stepped down to 25/75 with the champagne yeast. Bubbling away!!!!
 

 

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45 minutes ago, markm said:

Yes. I’ve got a 25 litre batch set away since Friday . Last year I tried using champagne yeast and 50/50 brewing sugar and cane sugar…. It actually ended up too strong.

 

This year I’ve stepped down to 25/75 with the champagne yeast. Bubbling away!!!!
 

 

Hi Mark

What is the difference between brewing sugar and usual cane sugar?

Was the alcohol content too high or did it result in a very strong taste?

Great stuff on keeping the tradition going. 👍

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14 hours ago, 7daysinaweek said:

Hi Mark

What is the difference between brewing sugar and usual cane sugar?

Was the alcohol content too high or did it result in a very strong taste?

Great stuff on keeping the tradition going. 👍

Without going into full details (I’m not a chemist) it changes to alcohol easier. 

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17 hours ago, 7daysinaweek said:

Sounds lovely!

I secondary ferment in the bottle so it results in a fizzy sparkling wine. From your findings it sounds encouraging that even the sparkling variety may have good ageing to it.

I may label date a few bottles and try them over the next 5 years or so and see how they turn out. 

Good idea. Mine is bolstered as instructed in the directions by a supermarket brandy by the way. I can see no reaon why it should not keep. I have very distant memories as a Young Farmer calling to drop of a firend after a dance and his mother had some she had made years before.  I really cannot remember getting home and in bed that night ... happy 1950s days and nights.

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No problem at all. I will send you a few bottles.

Your offer is also very kind, however no worries about giving me something in return, I make plenty enough and I am more than happy to send you a few and hope that you may enjoy them. If you feel they are not to your palate, simply use them as 'fragrant drain cleaner' :lol: and i will not be offended in any way.

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