El Caldero de Sol

El Caldero de Sol

sábado, febrero 06, 2016



  • 3 lbs fresh, ripe elderberries
  • 2 lbs finely granulated sugar
  • 3-1/2 quarts water
  • 2 tsp acid blend
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet
  • Montrachet wine yeast
Bring water to boil and stir in sugar until dissolved.  Meanwhile, wash, inspect and destem the elderberries.  Put them in nylon straining bag, tie closed, and put in primary.  Wearing sterilized rubber gloves, mash the elderberries and cover with the boiling sugar-water.  Cover and set aside to cool.  When lukewarm, add acid blend, yeast nutrient and crushed Campden tablet.  Cover primary and wait 12 hours, then stir in pectic enzyme.  Recover primary and wait another 12 hours, then add yeast.  Cover and stir daily, gently squeezing the bag to extract flavor from the berries (don't forget the gloves or you'll be sorry).  Ferment 14 days, then drip drain the elderberries (don't squeeze).  Combine drippings with juice and set aside overnight.  Rack into secondary and fit airlock.  Put in dark place to protect the color from light.  Ferment two months and rack, top up and refit airlock.  Repeat two months later and again two months after that.  Stabilize and wait 10 days.  Rack, sweeten to taste and bottle.  Store bottles in dark place for one year.  Then enjoy.  [Adapted from Terry Garey's The Joy of Home Winemaking]


  • 10 lbs fresh, ripe elderberries
  • 1-3/4 lbs finely granulated sugar
  • 4-1/2 to 5 pints water
  • 1 tsp acid blend
  • 1 tsp yeast nutrient
  • 1 tsp pectic enzyme
  • Montrachet wine yeast
Wash, destem and inspect the berries for ripeness and soundness.  Put berries in a stainless steel or enameled pot with 3/4 pound of sugar and half the water.  Slowly bring to boil while stirring occasionally and turn off heat.  Cover and set aside to cool to room temperature.  Strain berries over primary through a nylon straining bag and hang bag over primary to drip drain for two hours.  Very gently press pulp to extract a little more juice, but do not overdo this.  Stir in remaining sugar and dry ingredients (except yeast) and stir well to dissolve.  Add enough water to bring to one gallon and add yeast.  Cover primary and wait for active fermentation.  Ferment 2 weeks and siphon off sediments into secondary.  Top up and fit airlock.  Ferment two months, rack, top up, and refit airlock.  Repeat after additional two months.  Stabilize, wait 10 days, rack, sweeten to taste, and bottle.  Age one year before tasting.  [Adapted from Julius H. Fessler's Guidelines to Practical Winemaking]


Fresh Elderberries 1.5 kilos (3lbs)
or 250 grams of Dried Elderberries
                                      White Granulated Sugar 1 kilo for dry wine
                                                                                          Or White Granulated Sugar 1.25 kilos for a medium wine
Or White Granulated Sugar 1.5 kilos for a sweet wine
Citric Acid (1 teaspoon)
Yeast and Yeast nutrient

1 Campden Tablet
Potassium Sorbate (Stoppitt) as directed


5 litre/1 gallon white plastic food grade bin and lid
5 litre/1 gallon demijohn either glass or plastic
Cork with hole and airlock
Fine nylon Straining bag
Hydrometer/Trial Jar (Optional)


Strip the fresh elderberries from the stalk by using a culinary fork, then weigh the berries and crush them in a food grade white polythene bucket. If using dried elderberries or sloes put them directly in the bin and pour on 2 pints of boiling water and dissolve the amount of granulated sugar required. Once cool - approximately 21C (75f) add the yeast, yeast nutrient and citric acid.

    Cover well and leave in a warm place to ferment for 4/5 days.

Strain of the liquid into a glass demijohn, top up with cool boiled water and fit a cork and airlock. Continue to leave to ferment for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. When the wine has finished fermenting (test using a hydrometer, the reading should for a dry wine read 0.998sg.). Rack again in one months time. The wine should be stored in either a glass demijohn or bottled. If storing in a demijohn, top up with cool boiled water or red wine up to the neck of the demijohn and add one campden tablet and 1/4 teaspoon of Stoppit. Rack again in two months time.
The wine can be sweetened if necessary . This wine can be drunk within 3/6 months or left to mature

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