Mudcat Café message #473327 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34895   Message #473327
Posted By: Sorcha
30-May-01 - 06:56 PM
Thread Name: Elderflower Champagne
Subject: RE: Elderflower Champagne
There are 2 kinds of Elder---they are really bushes rather than trees, at least in the US. One kind smells heavenly, the other like cat piss. They look exactly alike. Be sure and sniff before you pick!

Just a thought---yeast is not being added in this recipe, which is what makes the alcohol content go up, but "wild" yeasts are obviously getting in when you cover the must with a cloth. If it is "fizzy" it is at least mildy alcoholic.........enough that it might matter to some folks.