After a while of sitting in the must bucket, it came time to siphon the second batch of dandelion wine into demijons. We use an autosiphon for this, which is usually good at leaving behind anything large enough to cause trouble. Unfortunately this time the dandelions had disintegrated, and within minutes had clogged the valve. This was somewhat annoying, and has led to us having to dismantle and clean out the siphon (even more annoying). Worse, even going back to traditional siphoning (and taking a shot of fermenting dandelion wine to the back of the throat as a result) didn’t solve the problem.
Eventually our local voice of reason (also referred to occasionally as the missus, my better half, the sensible one and/or the smart one) suggested just grabbing a funnel and pouring the whole mess through the funnel lined with some muslin. This worked perfectly, and the resulting mix then siphoned happily into demijons as intended. The autosiphon is currently undergoing treatment to remove the last few stubborn petals.