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Old 07-30-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
Jul 2007
South Carolina
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Hello Good Folks,

This morning I took my very reluctant eleven year old son out to gather elderberries. Together we filled seven five gallon buckets with the berry heads. I used two of them today to make a double batch of wine.

Actally, it is still cooling all these hours later. So I decided to ask a question. The recipe does not give any SG or FG or any hint of using a hyrometer.

So just for kicks should I begin my batch with readings? Or just let the chips fall where they may without a reading or readings? After all, it is going to take a year anyhow to age this stuff, or so most of the elderberry wine recipes say.


Thank you,


I still have FIVE 5 Gallon buckets of elderberrys!!!!!! Maybe I will give some to the chickens.

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Old 07-30-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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If possible I would try to get a gravity reading. I'm not sure how difficult that is with fruit but it will help you determine the sugar content and eventually the alcohol content of the wine.

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Old 07-31-2007, 03:05 AM   #3
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Elderberries are one fruit that I try to shoot for a starting SG of around 1.095-1.100 This is one fruit that makes a wine closer to a Cabernet than that of a fruit wine as the berries have a lot of tannins. Here is a great Elderberry website with winemaking instructions.

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Old 07-31-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
Jul 2007
South Carolina
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Excellent! Thanks for the info.

Primary: High Gravity's Desiree Cream Ale -
Welch's Frozen Concentrate Wine -
Strawberry Wine which is looking beautiful btw -
Apfelwein No. 4
Bottled and getting bubbly --> 3rd batch of Apfelwein
Bottled: Elderberry Wine --> Good Stuff!
Done and Drinking: Irish Stout, American Cream Ale, EdWort's Apfelwein, American Wheat Ale excellent now that it has aged, Raspberry wine: too wonderful for words! Red Ale

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Old 07-31-2007, 07:53 PM   #5
May 2007
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Petunia always try to get the gravity readings. This can be a big help in the future. When you do take the readings make sure you record them along with the receipe used. Later on if your wondering if it has fermented completely you can use the hydrometer to give a good idea where your at.

Lets say you start with a 1.1 OG and the yeast like a Champagne strain will take it 18% and everything has slowed to a crawl after 2 months and no activity. If you take a reading then showing 1.0 then you'll know for sure something has got stuck as it should be well in the .99 range. Hope this makes sense. It has been a long day for me.

Check gravity with each racking and best of luck. Get the OG before you pitch your yeast!
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