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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2010, 05:55:36 PM »
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  I have never tried elder berries in beer but I have elder berry wine. It is real close to raspberry.
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2010, 12:44:10 PM »
My Grandmother made elderberry wine.  the grove on our farm was full of them.  I never had any but my oldest brother's college friends drank all the bottles that we left in our basement.  Of course they would drink anything with alcohol in it.

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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2010, 03:57:37 PM »
In Eastern Europe they use the flowers either to make tea, or fresh flowers to make syrup for sodas. They dont really usethe berries much.

Maybe the flowers would make a nice addition?
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2010, 03:01:48 PM »
In Eastern Europe they use the flowers either to make tea, or fresh flowers to make syrup for sodas. They dont really usethe berries much.

Maybe the flowers would make a nice addition?
Even here in the states we use elder flowers for tea (for cold season: elderflowers, yarrow, & peppermint does the trick every time!)  Not sure how the flower flavor would hold up in a brew... there's not a lot of flavor and they are rather delicate.  Might be interesting though, homebrew cold remedy?
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2010, 08:25:05 AM »
In Eastern Europe they use the flowers either to make tea, or fresh flowers to make syrup for sodas. They dont really usethe berries much.

Maybe the flowers would make a nice addition?
Even here in the states we use elder flowers for tea (for cold season: elderflowers, yarrow, & peppermint does the trick every time!)  Not sure how the flower flavor would hold up in a brew... there's not a lot of flavor and they are rather delicate.  Might be interesting though, homebrew cold remedy?

In the UK the flowers and berries are used to make wines at different times of the year. The latter need some aging (at least a year) as they are very tannic, but can be cut with blackberries to drink the wine younger,

In Russia both flowers and berries are used to make wine, and both are infused with vodka to create flavoured spirits. With berries, add berries and a couple of tablespoons of sugar to vodka, shake and leave for three months, the  strain into bottles.
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Re: Elderberries
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2010, 09:16:43 AM »
I just had a bottle of Saison Cazeau yesterday and to be honest all I noticed was a flowery taste for lack of a better word. The wife said it had a dry tartness in the aftertaste but I really liked how clean it went down on a sweltering afternoon.

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