When I went out with my doggy this morning, with the intentions of playing with her for a while, and hopefully her potty break, I realized how much yellow I saw in the hedgerows around my house. Then it came to me, I must make some dandelion wine! Here are pictures of the process:
If you’re looking to make your own dandelion wine, here’s the recipe I used for one gallon:
5 cups of dandelion flowers
8 cups sugar
2 litres boiling water
1 sliced orange
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/4 tsp yeast (or one wine yeast packet)
Collect the dandelion flowers, rinse them well and make sure all the stems are removed.
Boil your water, pour into a big bowl (I used an ice cream bucket). Place flowers in the water, stir well so that all the flowers are as submerged as possible. Steep for four minutes.
Take out the flowers, and add the sugar to the water. You can adjust the amount of sugar to suite your tastes, but I wouldn’t suggest going lower than 6 cups. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
Slice your orange and place in the carboy (or whatever you’re using to ferment it), add lemon juice and yeast.
DO NOT ADD WATER UNTIL IT HAS COOLED! Otherwise, you’ll kill the yeast when you add the water to the carboy.
Add the water to the carboy when slightly warmer than room tempurature, and stir or shake so that it is well incorporated.
Place an air lock on top. You don’t want it to be very full because in a short while, your wine should be fizzing and foaming, which will push the oranges up to the top, making it hard (especially in a carboy) for the gases to escape.
In about two weeks, give or take depending on how warm the wine is, the bubbling will stop. Siphon out the liquid, leaving the lees on the bottom of the carboy (the icky left overs from the yeast and oranges). Strain through some cheesecloth if you want to make sure there are no particulates floating around (I don’t care so much, lol), and store in airtight containers (mason jars, flip-top bottles, etc).
Voila! It’s recommended that you wait at least a week before drinking it.
Happy home brewing!