Elderflower Champagne and Mould

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Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by mm391 » Fri May 22, 2020 8:44 pm

Hello,

I am making my first batch of elderflower champagne. Its been fermenting about for about 3 days and I have noticed what looks like little areas of mould. Can advise me if this is ok or if I can skim them off the top or if I have to start a new batch?

Please see pictures below.

Thanks

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by orlando » Sun May 24, 2020 7:55 am

Are you sure it isn't yeast flocs?
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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by wanus » Sun May 24, 2020 1:17 pm

Hello mm.I`m also planning my first elderflower champagne as soon as the elder in my hedgerow comes into bloom.
There are early signs its starting to.You must live further south than i do.Anyway i hope orlando`s right about it only being flocs.
Welcome to JBK and i hope your champers turns out ok [-o<
FV 1:Evil Dog IPA
FV 2:Elderflower champagne
Demi 1&2:Warrior Queen IPA
Demi 3&4:Warrior Queen IPA
Maturing:Nothing
Bottle conditioning:Abdij&Allendale Wolf (clone)
Drinking:Allendale Wolf (Clone)Elderflower champagne
Planning:Four Finger Jack

Keep yer pecker hard and yer powder dry.

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by HLA91 » Sat May 30, 2020 8:52 am

Did you use a CT/SodMet solution or boiling water to deal with wild yeast?


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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by wanus » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:56 pm

I`ve got my Champers on the go today when i got in from work.

700g of sugar.
Zest and juice from 4 lemons.
2 TBS of white wine vinegar.
15 elderflower heads in a 6l batch.

I`m on holiday now for 17 days which is the first time of since early Febuary :pink:
It should be ready for my return to work #-o
FV 1:Evil Dog IPA
FV 2:Elderflower champagne
Demi 1&2:Warrior Queen IPA
Demi 3&4:Warrior Queen IPA
Maturing:Nothing
Bottle conditioning:Abdij&Allendale Wolf (clone)
Drinking:Allendale Wolf (Clone)Elderflower champagne
Planning:Four Finger Jack

Keep yer pecker hard and yer powder dry.

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by WalesAles » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:04 am

Wainie,
Did you use yeast and nutrient?

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by wanus » Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:18 pm

Hello WA.I added a pinch of yeast but no nutrients.
Its a recipe from `River Cottage`.It says to add a pinch of yeast after a couple of days if there are no signs of fermentation,but i added a pinch from the start anyway.I did an elderberry wine a few year back which turned out good.Its my first champagne though so fingers crossed.
The answer to your next question is that the OG was 1.044:lol: :lol: :lol:
FV 1:Evil Dog IPA
FV 2:Elderflower champagne
Demi 1&2:Warrior Queen IPA
Demi 3&4:Warrior Queen IPA
Maturing:Nothing
Bottle conditioning:Abdij&Allendale Wolf (clone)
Drinking:Allendale Wolf (Clone)Elderflower champagne
Planning:Four Finger Jack

Keep yer pecker hard and yer powder dry.

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by wanus » Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:03 pm

Well there is no sign of mould with this one of mine or any sign of fermentation!!!
I managed to get my hands on a packet of GV10 sparkling white wine yeast and pitched the whole 5g in.
Whats to lose?The yeast was only £1.25 which probalby cost me more than the ingredients i`ve already used.
If the world has`nt gone totaly crazy its about to :flip:
FV 1:Evil Dog IPA
FV 2:Elderflower champagne
Demi 1&2:Warrior Queen IPA
Demi 3&4:Warrior Queen IPA
Maturing:Nothing
Bottle conditioning:Abdij&Allendale Wolf (clone)
Drinking:Allendale Wolf (Clone)Elderflower champagne
Planning:Four Finger Jack

Keep yer pecker hard and yer powder dry.

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by wanus » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:48 pm

Hello all, i don`t wanna sound petty by following my own comment.
Today however i bottled into 1l grolsch lid style bottles and expect to celebrate my return to work by this time next week xx
FV 1:Evil Dog IPA
FV 2:Elderflower champagne
Demi 1&2:Warrior Queen IPA
Demi 3&4:Warrior Queen IPA
Maturing:Nothing
Bottle conditioning:Abdij&Allendale Wolf (clone)
Drinking:Allendale Wolf (Clone)Elderflower champagne
Planning:Four Finger Jack

Keep yer pecker hard and yer powder dry.

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Re: Elderflower Champagne and Mould

Post by orlando » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:02 pm

wanus wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:48 pm
Hello all, i don`t wanna sound petty by following my own comment.
Today however i bottled into 1l grolsch lid style bottles and expect to celebrate my return to work by this time next week xx
=D>
I am "The Little Red Brooster"

Fermenting: Sunny Afternoon
Conditioning: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Wee Heavy) till December.
Drinking:With A Bitter Luck, Lightning Bolt (Golden Ale), Life Is Mild, From Russia With Love (RIS)

Up Next: Mama, He Treats Your Porter Mean (1838 Reid's Porter)
Planning: Summer drinking Beer

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