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Dandelion wine?
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Well with spring fast approaching many of us are sure to see those pesky yellow flowers dotting yards all around. I've made hard cider and grape wine but was always intrigued by the thought of making wine from an invasive flowering weed.

So here's my question. Anyone here ever try it?

I've got two five gallon glass carboys that I got for around five bucks at a yard sale last summer that are just begging to get dusted off and begin bubbling away.
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#2
Yeah, I have made it. IIRC, I think we've talked about this here before...let me see if I can dig it up.


*Camper and I were talking about it in PM but it all came about from a thread somewhere. Anyways, here's how it's done...

Dandelion wine
1 gal dandilion blossoms
1 gal boiling water
4 lemons, zest and juiced
4 oranges, zest and juiced
4 lb white sugar
1 pkg dry yeast
Put dandelion's in a large pot with gallon of boiling water. Cover and let stand for 3 days. After 3 days strain blossoms out.
Grate all the zest from the lemons and oranges bring to boil for 15 minutes. Strain again…I do this with cheese cloth.
Let cool, add the juice from the lemons and oranges, sugar and yeast, stir to dissolve sugar. Cover & let stand for one week, then strain liquid again, cover and let stand for 3 more weeks…then it’s ready to bottle. I give it at least 4 months before drinking it.

Make sure there is no green left on blossoms and don’t let any of the white part of the citrus rind in the zest, these will spoil it.
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#3
I never made dandelion wine, I don't drink, I did make dandelion jelly. It takes a while to pick all the flowers and then get the green and stems off
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Stonewall;139895 Wrote:I never made dandelion wine, I don't drink, I did make dandelion jelly. It takes a while to pick all the flowers and then get the green and stems off

Yea I don't drink either but I do enjoy making wine for special occasions and for gifts.

Seems like a lot of time involved in picking and pruning but I guess thats the fun of it. I can imagine I'll have yellow hands for a couple weeks when I get started.

What does dandelion tea/jelly/wine taste like?
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#5
The jelly tasted a lot like honey, I do not think the dandelions added any taste. I think they just added the color
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#6
You can make wine out of them? I thought the only use for them was to wait for them to go to seed, collect a huge trash can full and then spread them in the yard of someone you hate.
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streaker69;139900 Wrote:You can make wine out of them? I thought the only use for them was to wait for them to go to seed, collect a huge trash can full and then spread them in the yard of someone you hate.

Nah man. You wait till they go to seed, make a wish and try to blow all the seeds off in the same breath. If you succeed, you win!...

...more friggen dandelionsDodgy

Edit: doesn't seem to be a way to edit my previous sentences without some kind of sexual innuendo in there..........
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If anyone wants to come to my neighbors house and pick all his dandelion flowers, feel free. Probably enough in that one yard to start a wine business.
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#9
Feed 'em to your horses. Most horses love them.
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spblademaker;140024 Wrote:If anyone wants to come to my neighbors house and pick all his dandelion flowers, feel free. Probably enough in that one yard to start a wine business.

Your rabbits would like those dandelions

The greens are good in salads when picked in spring
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