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Darren

simple elderflower champagne

12 flower heads
1 kg sugar
2 lemons
2 tble spoons white wine vinegar
10 litres of water

wash flower heads then snip flowers of
boil 1l of water with the sugar until dissolved
pour other 9 litres of water into sterilised bucket
add the flower heads
add the ww vinegar
zest both lemons and add, then squeeze and spoon the pulp in as well
add sugar water and stir

leave 48hrs then strain through sieve , then through a cloth and bottle ( I use two litre pop bottles.
Leave a couple of weeks and hey presto

a couple of days after bottling just let the gas out of the bottles

10 litres for approx 1.50 great on a hot day
Gareth

Just down the road from you here in Norwich, the Elderflower is about 2 weeks away from being in full bloom ........... I can't wait; it's my favourite time of year.
lottie

I love it but mine never tastes quite as good as my grannys used to--perhaps she had a good elder tree or perhaps it was that she fermented it in a huge earthenware bread panchion rather than the plastic bucket I use.
Darren

theres a hell of a lot out if anyone is passing terrington, walpole cross keys and suttonbridge all on A17
lottie

The price of diesel being what it is I'll have to wait a couple of weeks until it's out here.
dtalbot

Same recipe I use apart from I leave the heads whole and don't wash as its whatever wild yeasts that are on them that gives the fiz!
lizzie44

Our elderflower is even further behind. Still tightly in bud here. How long will this keep in the bottles please? and is it as dangerous as Gareths ginger beer Love Lizzie
Darren

I have once managed to keep some for almost a year but did have to release gass occassionally, also I store mine in an old corona crate with a towel ontop incase of explosions
Border

Darren, 2l. pop bottles are they glass or plastic.
Gareth

Border wrote:
Darren, 2l. pop bottles are they glass or plastic.



Don't ever put Home-made Elderflower Champagne into glass wine bottles or they will explode..... I've experienced shards of flying glass in the kitchen ....not a pleasent sticky mess to clean up.

Crown cap and flip top (Grolsch type) glass beer bottles are OK, but you will lose some of that precious fluid when opening.

I have found that screw cap 1 litre fizzy pop bottles are absolutely perfect for home-made Elderflower champagne, Ginger Beer, and Dandelion & Burdock beer.    
Darren

Border wrote:
Darren, 2l. pop bottles are they glass or plastic.


plastic
Border

Thanks ......plastic it is then........I'm going to have a go at making Elderflower Champagne this year.

I know the mess exploding bottles make, I had some old srcew top cider bottles explode, just could not get enough alcohol in that beer......bang.   :    
LadySlip

lizzie44 wrote:
and is it as dangerous as Gareths ginger beer Love Lizzie



Lizzie    i don't believe anything's as dangerous as Gareths ginger beer
WhatCameFirst

How is everyone's Elderflower champagne coming on?  I bottled mine last weekend, in fizzy pop bottles - I agree with Gareth, they really are best, but we have to beg the neighbours for their empties  

I must admit to picking my flowers a bit late in the day, about 1pm but I had a quick taste while I was bottling and ...
Gareth

I am brewing ours in two 25 litre beer fermentation kegs this year. It's turned out to be a lot more convenient and a considerably less hazardous for us to draw from the keg's tap when we want a glass or two.

Three weeks ago I thought the Elderflower was over and done with for this year in Norwich, but I've just had to drive across the city to my steel supplier and there are plenty of more Elderflowers just beginning to come into flower .... another batch to make methinks.
Mo

Bloomin' 'eck! We're late up here. I've just done a batch of Cordial and thinking about Champagne now. Still plenty of fresh flowers.
lottie

Mine are finally in flower--my O.H. isn't keen on elderflower champagne but loves elderberry wine,and accused me of stealing his potential berries.  
Mo

I have only just bottled my elderberry wine from last year, right before I went out for the flowers.
WhatCameFirst

Mo wrote:
Bloomin' 'eck! We're late up here. I've just done a batch of Cordial and thinking about Champagne now. Still plenty of fresh flowers.


No Mo, I think you're the right time up there!  In the South East they starting flowering far too early this year because of that really hot easter.

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