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Old 08-17-2010, 03:56 AM   #1
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So my dad loves elderberries and always talks about an elderberry beer so I was thinking about making a batch for his birthday. Has anyone tried making an elderberry beer, not a stout though? I was thinking i could try something like a blueberry beer. I read that the skins of elderberries aren't good to have in the beer so would you suggest juicing them or using elder flowers?


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Old 08-19-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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I haven't, but Basic Brewing Video did an episode on the berries and the flowers awhile back:

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Old 08-19-2010, 06:34 PM   #3
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Just to throw another option at you. There is a liqueur called St. Germain that is made of elderberry flowers. The stuff tastes a lot like grapefruit if you ask me. You may be able to brew a low alc. beer and then add the liqueur to it at bottling to add the flavor and some more alcohol. This is probably not what your after and I imagine would leave the beer with a thin mouthfeel but it is an option if all esle fails.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:51 PM   #4
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If you make it, you've got to make some labels with a screen shot from Monty Python's the Holy Grail where John Clease is telling Arthor that his "father smells of elderberrys".

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