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Elderflower Fizz

Every summer I bring out a bottle or two of my favourite home brew, my Elderflower fizz. And every year I am asked for the recipe.  Please scroll to the end for the basic recipe.  I have included variations and tips I have discovered over the years of brewing this staple of my summertime.

I decided this year to add it onto my website for a number of reasons.  It makes it an easy reference point each time the recipe is requested.  I am able to update the recipe each time I adapt and change it slightly. And in all honesty I am now branching out to try other recipes and variations. Wisteria Fizz is this years variation with a possibility of Rhubarb Fizz. I hope you find it enjoyable and interesting at the same time.

This year is our 7th or 8th year we will be making this particular brew.  We have adapted a few things and learnt along the way and I will pass on these little tips to you,

First suggestion is to be strict in the initial sterilisation of the utensils. One year I had run out of brewers steriliser and used normal washing technique. The brew tasted horrible and we had to throw it away.  I use Brewers yeast although I do also remember using a steriliser for baby utensils as we had two young children.

My second suggestion is the sweeter and brews with the more alcohol content seem to be brewed naturally from flowers picked early in the season.  This is normally May time in the UK midlands area. Blooms picked later in the season are likely to need the yeast adding to it. I am also quite particular when I pick the flowers.  I have found early morning to be best as the flowers are likely to have the most pollen on them and be fresher. I also pick them after a day or two of dry settled weather and always befor
e rain. Once it rains the pollen is washed from the open flowers and yeast will need to be added to the brew.

My third suggestion is to use a muslin or brewers bag to put the flowers in while brewing.  This collects the flowers and any little critters in one bag and makes straining later in the process easier, I wash the bag out, sterilise it and then use it for my next batch.

I use the glass flip top bottles similar to kilner bottles.  I am aware plastic bottles can be used and it is easier to burp the brew while it is fermenting with plastic bottles. All you need to do is feel had hard the bottle is and if too hard, release a little of the pressure.  With the glass bottles it really is a guessing game how much burping  of the brew will be required. I have had only one blow out of a glass bottle. I have to admit I personally do not burp the brew much.  I like the surprise and bubble for when I drink it.

So here is the recipe of the Elderflower fizz. I hope you enjoy it as much I as do. Please keep watch my blog posts here for further recipes and variations as I try different methods and flavours out.

Elderflower Fizz

Ingredients

·         Bucket or barrel sterilised which can take 6 litres of liquid

·         About 24 30 elderflower heads, in full bloom

·         2kg sugar

·         4 litres hot water

·         2 further litres of cooler water

·         Juice and zest of four lemons

·         1 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

·         A pinch of dried yeast (you may not need this)

 

Method

·         Sterilise the barrel and all utensils you are going to use

·         Put the hot water and sugar into the container and stir until the sugar dissolves.

·         Top up with cold water to 6 litres.

·         Add the lemon juice and zest, the vinegar and the flower-heads and stir gently

·         Cover with a clean muslin cloth and leave to ferment in a cool, airy place for a couple of days.

·         Take a look at the brew at this point and if its not becoming a little foamy and obviously beginning to ferment, add a pinch of yeast.

·         Leave the mixture to ferment, again covered with muslin, for a further four days.

·         Strain the liquid through a sieve lined with muslin and decant into sterilised glass bottles.

·         Seal and leave to ferment in the bottles for a further eight day minimum before serving chilled.







Announcing my position as FHT local group co-ordinator for Northampton

Announcing my position as FHT local group co-ordinator for Northampton; 

As the UKs largest professional association for complementary holistic, beauty and sports therapists, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has representatives across the UK. The association has been developing and promoting the highest standards in education and therapy practice since 1962.


Each area local area has regular meetings with a focus to enable members and non-members of the FHT to continue in their ongoing professional development in a supportive and friendly environment. 

Im thrilled and proud to tell you that I am now the FHT local group co-ordinator for Northampton meaning that I am here to support you as complementary, holistic, beauty and sports therapists, share information and knowledge with those experienced or starting their journey as therapists, and as a source for reputable and experienced therapists vetted and registered on the largest accredited register to have been accredited by the Independently Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

This is a position I hold great respect for, and being able to support others in my area is something Ive always been passionate about and a wonderful opportunity for me to grow, learn and develop my own skills and experience as a therapist.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists is a brilliant source of information and support and I am excited to be part of that; I cant wait to speak to and get to know more of the wonderful community in our industry, and help all of us to support and nurture each other as holistic therapists, as business owners, and as humans all striving for their happiest, healthiest place in our world.

If you see me out and about please do introduce yourself, and get in touch if youd like to hear more about the FHT or about holistic therapies as treatment or for training I look forward to hearing from you all.

 

 

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