Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dandelion Wine

Spring is here and soon yards will be sprouting those little yellow flowers. A great solution to the dandelion problem is to make wine with them. This recipe was taking from "Making Wild Wines and Meads" and will make a 1 gallon batch.

6 cups dandelion petals
2 pounds sugar
1 pound light raisins
1 tablespoon acid blend
1 campden tablet
1 pack wine yeast
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 teaspoon pectin enzyme

Wash and prepare dandelion petals. Place them and sugar, raisins and acid blend into fermenter. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil and pour it into the mixture. Add a campden tablet and let the mixture sit for 24 hours.

Add pectin enzyme and yeast and allow to ferment for 3 days. Then rack over and allow to finish fermenting. This should take about 3 months. Rack 1 more time and allow to clear. Then bottle.
Should be ready for sampling in about 6 months.

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