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Dried Elderberry Wine Recipe

Dried Elderberry Wine Recipe

You can buy dried elderberries from most winemaking shops or pick plenty of wild ones and dry them. Dried elderberries do not leave the residue, described as “elderberry goo,” that defies conventional clean-up methods.
Recipe makes one gallon (3.8 L).


  • 4–5 1/4 oz. (0.11–0.15 g) dried elderberries
  • 2 1/2 lbs. (1.1 kg) sugar
  • 7 3/4 pints (3.7 L) water
  • 1 tsp. acid blend
  • 1 tsp. yeast nutrient
  • 1 crushed Campden tablet
  • 1 pkg of Red Star Montrachet yeast

Bring water to boil with sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and water clear. Wash dried elderberries and put in nylon straining bag with several sanitized marbles for weight. Tie bag and put in primary. Pour boiling sugar water over elderberries and cover primary. When cool, stir in crushed Campden tablet, yeast nutrient and acid blend until dissolved. Recover and set aside 12 hours. Add activated yeast and ferment until specific gravity drops to 1.010, stirring and squeezing bag daily. Transfer liquid to secondary, fit airlock and ferment to dryness. Rack every 30 days until wine clears and doesn’t drop even a dusting of lees over a 30-day period. Bottle and enjoy. Improves with age.

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