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Dandelion Wine

Bottle of homemade dandelion wine sitting next to a bowl of dandelion flowers

A smooth and hearty flower wine with citrus notes that will warm you from head to toe.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Collect the blossoms when they are fully open on a sunny day. Remove any green parts.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the flowers in a large pot or crock. Cover with a towel to keep dust out and let steep for three days.
  3. Prepare the oranges and the lemon. Zest (finely grate) about half of the rind and peel the rest off in very thin strips. You want to minimize the amount of white pith added to the brew.
  4. Finish peeling the citrus, and slice them into thin rounds.
  5. Add the lemon and the orange zest to the flower-water mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, strain out solids, then add the sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Add the yeast, orange and lemon slices, and raisins to the liquid. Put everything into a crock (or wide mouth carboy with airlock) to ferment. I cover my crock with a clean cotton towel held down by a rubber band. Stir daily with a wooden spoon or non-reactive stir stick.

Bottling the Wine

You have two options for bottling your homemade dandelion wine. You can- let it finish in bottles, or move to a carboy and then bottle.

To finish in bottles: When the primary fermentation mixture stops bubbling (1 -2 weeks), fermentation is almost done. Strain the liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or a flour sack towel and transfer to sterilized bottles.

Slip a deflated balloon over the top of each bottle to monitor for further fermentation. When the balloon remains deflated for 24 hours, fermentation is complete. 

Cork the bottles and store in a cool, dark place for at least six months before drinking.

If you would like a clearer wine, rack the wine into a gallon carboy with airlock before the final bottling. Allow to ferment in the carboy for 2-3 months, and then rack into the bottles.

Notes

Do not seal bottles tightly before they finish fermenting, and don’t put them somewhere warm. Otherwise, you’ll end up with exploding bottles, like my sister, Mary, when she stashed them in a closet. Apparently, it sounded like there were bombs going off or they were being shot at.

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