Thanks, I'm actually an aerospace engineer, so it's a fun mix of the 2 things I enjoy.
This was my first time using them, so I'm not sure if I did it "right". I put 2oz of the dried elderberries from the LHBS in a little water and heated it on the stove. My thinking was it would re-hydrate them a little before going into the must. The water got really dark, but the berried didn't really change in appearance. I call it a half success.
I also used a 2 gallon bucket and mesh bag for the first time, and I'm never dumping everything in loose again.