Instructions: Making Elderflower Champagne
For a drink that truly embodies the season of spring, elderflower champagne is at the top of the list. This bubbly and lightly alcoholic beverage has been a favourite for generations due to its delicate yet refreshing taste. It doesn’t take much to brew your own elderflower champagne at home. So, to get you started, here is our guide to making elderflower champagne.
Adding Your Ingredients
- Gather flowers from an elderflower tree. Make sure to avoid picking elderflowers from a tree near the road as these may be contaminated. Also, avoid any elderflowers near the ground just in case animals have marked their territory there.
- Gather all your ingredients together. Do not wash your elderflowers as they have natural yeast that aids in the fermentation process. Simply remove the flowers from the stalks and shake off any insects.
- Add the elderflowers into the container and cover them with sugar or honey.
- Remove the yellow rind from both lemons being careful to leave the pith. Add the rind to the mixture in the container. Juice the remaining lemons and add them to the container as well.
- With the mixture of elderflowers, lemon rind, lemon juice and sugar/honey in the container, pour in the boiling water. Stir until the mixture is completely dissolved.
- Add the cold water followed by wine tanning and stir. Follow it up with vinegar and continue to stir.
- Cover the container and leave it to cool down for a few hours until it reaches a temperature of around 20C.
- Once sufficiently cooled, add the yeast nutrient and champagne/wine yeast to the mixture. Stir gently.
- Cover the container and leave it in an area at room temperature for four days, making sure to stir the mixture once a day.
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