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Dandelion Wine

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Dandelion Wine

Ingredients:
3 quarts fresh dandelion heads
1 pound golden raisins
1 gallon water
3 pounds granulated sugar
2 lemons
1 orange
3 tablespoons wine yeast
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient

Directions:
Trim any remaining stalk from the base of each flower head. Place the flowers in a large bowl. Set aside one pint of water, and bring the remainder to a boil. Pour the boiling water over the dandelion flowers and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Leave this mixture to sit for two days, stirring twice daily. Pour the flowers and water into a large pot and bring it to a low boil. Peel the lemons and orange thinly, leaving behind the white pith. Add sugar and citrus peels. Boil for one hour, then pour the mixture into a crock or plastic pail. Add the juice and pulp of the lemons and orange. Allow the mixture to stand until it reaches room temperature. Add yeast and yeast nutrient, cover, and store in a warm place for three days. Strain and pour into a bottle or jug. Add the raisins and fit an airlock onto the bottle. After the wine clears, strain and rack it (siphon off the sediment at the bottom on the bottle), adding the remaining pint of water. Once fermentation ceases completely – you’ll know it’s time when no more bubbles rise through your airlock – rack again. Set aside for two months, then rack once more and bottle. Age six months to one year.

3 comments

1 Louise { 05.01.12 at 8:42 am }

Is there a home-made airlock method?? I would like to try this too without expense

2 Jaime McLeod { 04.25.12 at 10:08 am }

C – an airlock is crucial to making any kind of alcoholic beverage. Without it, the ingredients could rot or become moldy during the fermentation process. Airlocks are very inexpensive, and you can get one at any store that sells brewing supplies. If there isn’t one near you, you can also find them online.

3 C { 04.25.12 at 9:34 am }

This looks great! Is there a method that does not require an airlock?

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