Not only is this my first published instructible but im also entering it in the Summer BBQ competition so lots of feedback and lots of votes please :) What better for your summer BBQ but some home made seasonal, summery, chilled fragrant elderflower champagne!
so as not to be accused of plagiarism the recipe was from here. hats off to Hugh and check out his site for more recipies, cookery books and to read up on his campain ' chicken out' to increase public awareness on battery reared chicken living conditions!
im in the last stage of the process at the mo and will update with pics of the grand opening!
to cover my back... a few obvious points:
-this makes an acoholic brew of unknown strength (probably around 4%) so no underage drinkers!
-the pressurised bottles may well explode so be careful and use common sense
-WARNING- I have just been informed by a much wiser instructabler that elderflowers look very similar to the VERY POISONOUS hemlock plant! make sure you know what you are picking!!! As far as i know the main difference is that elderflowers smell amazing and grow from larger bushes and hemlock (apparently used as an execution method in times BC and added to a brew by the Macbeth witches) has red spotts and marks on its stems. More to come!
Step 1: What you will need :
-a Big ol' bucket, (bigger than 6 litres) nice and clean, the one i got was marked safe for food products for extra safety but its up to you.
-lemon juicer and zester
-strainer and a clean tea towel or cheese cloth (for straining)
-enough bottles to fit it all in. make sure they are good thick bottles ideally with a latch type lid. this is gonna be under a lot of pressure and ive heard horror stories of this stuf exploding with messy and potentially dangerous consequenses!
-a way of getting the stuff into the bottles, i used a tube as a syphon but a jug or funnel would do.
ingredients (in UK measurements):
2kg sugar (i know i said 2KG but its actually supposed to be 1)
4 litres hot water and 2 litres of cold
Juice and zest of four lemons (make sure u get unwaxed lemons or ull get waxy scuzz on the top of ur brew)
1-2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
A pinch of dried yeast (you may not need this)
About 24-30 elderflower heads, in full bloom
All in all, pretty cheap ingredients!