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Dandelion Troubles and Muslin Bags

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.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Equipment, Foraging, Preparation

 

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Dandelion Clock

Dandelion wine

  • Servings: 2 gallons
  • Time: two seasons
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
* 1 kg dandelion flowers
* up to 2 gallons boiling water
* 1 kg golden castor sugar
* 1 jar honey
* 1 lemon
* 1 orange
* wine yeast
1 kg of dandelions

About 30 minutes worth of collecting

A simple, cheap and very traditional one here. Can be made pretty much all year round, with the possible exception of winter. Just collect dandelion flowers. As many as you can. It works out about 1/2 a kilo per gallon, so the more the merrier (if you have somewhere to store everything of course).

Simply collect the flower heads. Some people will recommend to take just the petals, as it takes some of the bitterness/dryness out of the wine, but I’m rather lazy and not about to strip off that many petals.

Then, add the juice from your lemon, the juice from your orange, your jar of honey, your castor sugar, and boil the water. When the water is boiling nice and hot, pour it in and leave it for a couple of nights.

Finally once everything’s cooled add the yeast and stir, then leave few a few hours. After this you can rack the liquid into demijons and put into storage, racking when the sediment gets too much and otherwise just waiting to enjoy your wine.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Experimental, Preparation, Recipe, Wine

 

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