Elderberries, Dried - 4oz
4 oz package of Dried Elderberries
These are the fruit of the Elderberry tree, Sambucus nigra. Elderberries make a great Port style wine, or are great to use in your beer to add flavor and complexity. Elderberries are known to bring out sweet and floral flavors and aromas. Goes well with darker beers and fruit beers, although the color is second to none when added to a lighter beer.
Elderberries are known to have high levels of flavonoids, and have been used for their health benefits for hundreds of years. They contain antioxidants, and are believed to be an integral part for relieving colds, fighting the flu, boosting the immune system, and even fight acne and other internal and external inflammatory conditions.
Directions for Use
Add 2 – 4 oz per 5 gallons at the end of the boil (10 minutes or less) or during fermentation.
Easy Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- (2) Cups Dried Elderberries
- (4) Cups Distilled Water
- (3) Teaspoons Dried Ginger Root, or about half of a Fresh Ginger Root, peeled and chopped
- (1 - 2) 1" Cinnamon Sticks (optional)
- (1/4) Teaspoon Mace or Nutmeg (optional)
- 0.5 lbs Honey or Premium Blue Agave Syrup
- 1 cup Brandy, Vodka, or Bourbon (this makes it alcoholic, but can aid in increasing shelf life of your syrup. You can make your syrup with or without this addition)
Step by Step
Add your Elderberries, Ginger and spices of your choice and your water to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer and reduce for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to steep for 1 more hour.
After an hour, separate the Elderberries and spices by using the pour over method using a 5" x 28" Muslin Bag and a small funnel into a similar sized bowl or another saucepan. Once you have the solids in the bag, carefully, as it will still be hot, squeeze or press all of the juice from the solid ingredients.
Now it's time for Honey or Agave! You want the syrup to be right around 90° - 110° F. Mix in your chosen ingredient and ensure that all is dissolved into solution. If you do want to add vodka, bourbon or brandy, now is the time. Transfer into masons or 375 mL Flask containers with your funnel. Keep it refrigerated and enjoy!
This syrup can be added to any fermentation as is, and makes about 24 oz without a spirit addition, or 32 with a spirit addition. If using a spirit, add to cider and mead directly in the keg as a back sweetener, or add to any fermentation around day 3. Use 8 to 16 oz, depending on how much flavor you want.