One 96 oz can
of Elderberry Fruit Base
6 cans warm water
14 lbs. corn sugar or 12 lbs. white table sugar
5 tsp. acid blend
4 tsp. yeast nutrient
2.5 tsp. pectic enzyme
1 oz. dried elderflowers
5 tsp sodium bisulfite solution
1 pkg Red Star Premiere Cuvee wine yeast (or Cote des Blanc yeast
for more sweetness)
2.5 tsp potassium sorbate to stabilize
all equipment and utinsils with bisulfite solution (5 tsp sodium
bisulfite in 1 cup water.
Fruit Base is a concentrate adjusted for wine, but there may be
SOME pulp. If needed, put the fruit/pulp into a large straining bag
and add to fermenter.
3. Add all
ingredients EXCEPT for the last TWO. Stir well to dissolve sugar.
Starting Gravity should be about 1.085-1.090.
4. Cover and
let sit overnight to allow SO2 to be released.
yeast on top of juice (must). Temperture should be 70-80 deg.
6. The next
day, stir top half of must. Repeat daily until specific gravity
lowers to 1.040 (4 or 5 days).
gravity reads 1.040 remove bag of fruit. Press and strain juice
from pulp and discard the pulp. Siphon must into secondary vessel,
like a carboy. top up with water to minimize airspace and attach
8. Siphon wine
again in 3-4 weeks when gravity reads 1.010 to 1.000. Add 1 tsp
bisulfite solution per gallon of must.
9. After wine
is clear (2-3 months) stabilize to prevent renewed fermentation and
sweeten to taste if too dry.
10. Wine can
be drunk at this point, but will benefit with aging of 6 months to
4/25/2016 – If I want to add a can of Vinter's Harvest elderberry puree to a Nectar of the Gods kit, at what point should I do that? Thank you in advance for your help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would add it just prior to adding the yeast. Give it a stir, and let it go!
11/23/2014 – Could I use honey with Vintner's Harvest Elderberry fruit base puree instead of sugar? How much honey would you recommend if I plan to make a 3 gallon batch? Also, could a blend of honey and table sugar be used? If so, what amounts would you suggest for a 3 gallon batch? Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. Technically, it would then be considered a melomel (fruit mead).I would go with about 6 to 7 lbs of honey.Remember also, that your melomel with take considerably longer to ferment since honey is a more complex sugar for the yeast to break down.
3/5/2012 – Do I have to buy the ingredients necessary to make the wine seperate from the wine base kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Other ingredients required are: acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, campden tablets or bisulfite, potassium sorbate and wine yeast.If you are after an "all-in-one" fruit wine kit, we have those too. See link below.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
5/3/2008 – how much volume does one of these kits produce?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is not a kit, per se, but a large can of berries and juice. To make wine, you would need to add sugar, yeast and some other additives. Typically, one can is used to make up to 5 gallons of wine.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
1/11/2006 – I have been making fruit wines from the complete wine kits for a couple years and developed a real liking for sweet fruity wines. Could I use your fruit wine base and add some puree to get a fruiter wine flavor, if so would it added at the beginning or at the end of the process.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Add it at the beginning of the process so that the sugars will ferment out properly. After fermentation, stabilize, and re-sweeten to taste.
7/31/2005 – What is the shelf life of Elderberry wine after it has aged for 1 year? Do I need to be concerned about high tannic acid levels in your Elderberry Fruit base?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not very long at MY house! I like the stuff.Seriously, tho, shelf life depends on many factors...alcohol level, sulphites/stabilizers used, cleanliness of the bottles, corks, temperature and other things. Can't say for sure, but with reasonable techniques, it will usually last for at least 5 years. Unless you tell me where it's hidden . . .
5/11/2005 – I am planning on making a batch of elderberry wine, all of the recipes i have found don't mention Filtering. If i plan to filter when should i do that? Or do you recomend not filtering fruit wines?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I recommend to do it only if it NEEDS filtering. Usually it won't, if you use wine finings like bentonite along with our 2-part wine fining (Super-Kleer).
3/28/2005 – My first batch turned out great!! Now I would like to make a 5 gal batch with 2 cans of concentrate. Do I double all ingrediants or what?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not necessarily. With the other ingredients, yes, but you will need to measure the sugar level to determnine how much to add. Bring the potential alcohol level up to no more than say, 11-13% prior to fermentation. That added can of concentrate has a lot of sugar content, and it's easy to get carried away!
3/21/2005 – I'm thinking about adding raisins for extra body, to the standard receipe you list for 5 gallons of elderberry wine. Do you have any suggestions for how much would be too much.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Between 1 and 2 cups should do the trick.
1/2/2005 – Have ordered M55 Elderberry, & M72 Pinot noir intending to mix both before fermenting for 6 gal batch. Is this workable using the instructions for elderberry wine and should the ingredients be altered. suggestions??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That sounds like a nice blend to me! A few years ago, I made a blackberry pinot noir that way and it was a big hit. Since both of those products contain some sugar, I would use a hydrometer to establish how much additional sugar to add. Use enough to bring the alcohol into the range of 11-13% and you should be fine.
10/10/2004 – A friend of mine is into making wine at home in his spare time. I asked him what it would take to make me some fruity wines, perhaps a blueberry or blackberry wine. He said I would need a fruit puree enough to make 5 gallons. My main question is this, would I be better off to purchase the Oregan fruit puree or the wine fruit base of my . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the fruit wine bases. They are larger than the cans of puree, and are made for wine. A recipe is on each can.Shipping time depends on where you live(?)...typically, ground shipment takes 5-7 business days if you are east of the Mississippi, and less if you are closer to us. We are located in Everett, WA.We accept VISA . . .
9/13/2004 – Do you need to cursh and press the fruit in the Vinter's Harvest fruit wine bases like you would grapes? Does this require a press, or can you mke a puree in your blender and then press the juice out of a nylon bag with your hands? Would you please go over how to process the fruit from these cans so you can make wine from it. Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the fruit it these cans is already crush, and "soupy" consistancy. All you need to do is add the sugar, additives, yeast and ferment away. Using a nylon straining is convenient because it holds back most of the pulp, and is easily removed from your fermenter.
8/2/2004 – i was looking for a plum fruit base & came across your complete package for wine making for fruit bases. does it come with instructions on how much of each ingredient is needed & would i then be able to buy that & then 3 cans of fruit base to make 15 gallons of wine? how much sugar is needed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The fruit bases come with a recipe (instructions) on each can. Recipes (5 gallons)typically call for:one can of fruit base6 cans of water (4.5 gallons)11 lbs of table sugar7 tsp Acid Belnd3 tsp Yeast Nutrient3 tsp Pectic Enzyme1 tsp Tannin5 tsp bisufite solution (potassium bisufite mixed with water)1 pckg wine yeast 2.5 . . .
6/7/2004 – First off I really love your store and web site and all it has to offer....I just started making Liqueurs and have been enjoying it well with fresh fruit...But was just wondering...Would the Fruit Wine Bases here work in making Liqueurs
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you for the kind words about our website!Yes, the fruit wine bases will work just fine.
4/20/2004 – [ was looking at your recipe for Elderberry Fruit Wine Base had aproblem in what i saw. in your in your instructios it said[2. Since Elderberry Fruit Base is a concentrate adjusted for wine, no bag is needed to hold the fruit during fermentation] then it said [7. When gravity reads 1.040 remove bag of fruit. Press and strain juice from pulp . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is my understanding that with this particular wine base, there is very little pulp. There will likely be SOME, however, so I would plan on using a straining bag. All of the other fruit bases have more pulp, and a straining bag is recommended.To increase the alcohol content, just add more sugar prior to adding the yeast. 1 lb of table . . .
10/31/2003 – Instead of ordering your peach wine base, would a large can of peaches from the grocery store work just as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not. Most canned fruits at the grocery store have been sweetened AND treated with preservatives that would prevent it from fermenting properly.
9/13/2003 – The recipe calls for dried elderflowers. Any idea where I might purchase them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. We have them! They are in our Wine Flavorings category. See link below
7/28/2003 – Even though you say one unit of fruit base will make 5 Gal. if I use one and a half or two units will I get a richer flavor and a fuller body wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely! Just be sure to cut down on the sugar a bit. Shoot for a 1.090 (or so) specific gravity.
6/23/2003 – Is one unit of base enough to make 5 gallons of wine? What is the cost of shipping?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; along with sugar, yeast etc. For a really FULL flavored wine, we recommend using two cans.The cost of shipping depends on where you live (not available to me) and how you want it shipped. You can determine the shipping cost, however, by adding the item to your online shopping cart, and then clicking on "Determine Shipping and Sales . . .
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