Re: Elderberry Goo Residue Removel Help

We have been making elderberry wine for years. This year we made another
> 12 gallons. The big problem we have is cleaning up. During and after
> primary fermentation we end up with a non-soluble goo. We still haven't
> discovered a way to wash it off our stirrer, our primary, or anything
> else. Does anyone have a sure fire way of getting it off stuff. My 90
> year old mother is the wine master and she has it on her finger nails. >
> Help!
> Andie Z
There is a really simple and magical something that does it which I can't
remember at the moment. This question comes up every now and then so stay
tuned for a solution from a guru for your goo.
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There is a product called 'Goo Gone', and it works wonders on the "white, latex-based glue-from-he**" used to affix wine labels. It might help your situation. It's a citrus based cleanser. Look for it at your local 'big-box' home improvement center or check your local grocery store. I've never made elderberry wine, so I can't say that I've experience. But also understand that the Goo-Gone also has petroleum-based products in it, so you will also have to use a plain detergent afterwards. Yuk. Joanne
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I think the solution was to use vegetable or olive oil. From memory, the goo is soluble in the oil. The combination is then able to be cleaned off with ordinary dish detergent... or that's what my pickled memory is telling me.
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I've made elderberry wine for years also. It seems that when I boil the berries, I get more goo but get very little with raw berries. I don't bother boiling anymore.
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There is an article in the April-May 2009 issue of "Winemaker" magazine which discusses Elderberry wine and the way to remove it
"... it is easily cut with vetgetable oil and cleanly wiped from the primary. The oil is then washed away with a liquid soap containing a degreaser. Rinse well and tghen sanitize with sulfite solution."
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Paul E. Lehmann

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