Originally Posted by gunwolf
Oh yeh forgot to mention that I did add sugar...about 5 lbs. of sugar at primary time.sg reading of the must was 1.095. the recipe I used said DO NOT CRUSH the elderberries...so I left them whole in the nylon bag then just let them drip when I removed the bag from the must at the first racking. I did freeze some to make jam later... maybe I'll try to add for flavor.
You should crush the berries, I can't imagine a recipe telling you to make elderberry wine without using elderberries (which is what you're doing if you don't crush the fruit)! The fruit should be crushed, and I would use 3 pounds per gallon (or a bit more)/ The ones you froze for jam should be fine to use- stick them in the bag, and put that bag in your must.