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Olly398

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Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:28:37 am »
You'll have to excuse a link to the blog though because I can't be bothered to write it all out again  :innocent:
 
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Scotsdumpy

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 07:15:19 pm »
Hi Olly - nice blog!

I would be inclined to stir the 'raft' of fruit into the mixture once a day as it contains a lot of the yeast and juices. I do this with all my wines and have no problems to date....

I've just tested (quality control you understand...!) this years elderflower and Its rather nice.. I should have done more!

Mammyshaz

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 07:21:03 pm »
Hmm looks very nice  :trophy: ( large wine glass )   :yum:

We have some rhubarb still fermenting. It may be ready for Christmas. We'll wait and see

Olly398

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 09:34:40 am »
Thanks for the tips  :thumbsup:
 
Gone into DJs under airlock now (pics).
 
Now for the long wait! Good job I've got some beer conditioning, that's much quicker.  :yum:
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Olly398

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 02:52:27 pm »
I bottled this at the start of March. Had a bit of a taste - definitely improving, and recognisable as red wine! Hurrah!  :thumbsup:
 
I've written up my bottling procedure here if anyone's inrerested.
21 bottles done, will try them again in the Autumn. I reckon first and foremost we taste with our eyes, so I took a bit of care over the presentation of the bottles.
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Clarebelle

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 04:15:13 pm »
They look fab, well done :)

FiB

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 05:03:51 pm »
by the way Olly - I LOVE your letterpress labels - would you take orders?????

Dan

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 07:48:54 pm »
Brilliant job, really looks the part and if it tastes like red wine even better.  :thumbsup:

When I see how good these look I consider trying wine making again, but then remember how awful our's tasted when we made it in the past. We need some lessons, or a generous wine-making friend. :)

Olly398

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Re: Started a few gallons of Elderberry and Blackberry wine
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 09:53:53 pm »
Thanks all!
 
So far the brewing exploits all taste good. Hard to say whether this is luck or judgement, but I've started with a safe one I suppose, I mean I can see how blackerries and elderberries, when ripe, share some attributes with the grape (tannin, colour, aroma), and you top up the sugar levels. I've just started a parsnip wine which is more of a leap of faith  :o
 
I'm chuffed with the labels, thanks so much for the compliments  8) . Its hard to explain how much of a faff letterpressing is until you do it, so I'll have to decline taking orders for now. Maybe when I quit the 9-to-5...
 
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