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Topic: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video!  (Read 49329 times)
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« Reply #30 on: February 28, 2010 03:24:52 PM »

Mmm delicious! I must try it!
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« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2010 04:19:14 PM »

I would really like to try this but I live in the city and I only see dandelions on the curbsides. There is however a nice herb shop in a nearby town. They carry dried dandelions blossoms. Could I substitute those? How much do you think I would need?
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« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2010 04:44:19 PM »

I would really like to try this but I live in the city and I only see dandelions on the curbsides. There is however a nice herb shop in a nearby town. They carry dried dandelions blossoms. Could I substitute those? How much do you think I would need?


I don't think so! When you boil the flowers you use that juice to make your wine. The dried flowers would have the juice taken out. Maybe it's a good excuse to get out of town for the weekend? Bring the bikes and find a field of flowers!
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« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2010 04:52:16 PM »

When I saw this post it made me smile Smiley.  Years ago my grandfather told me when he was a boy his mother and grandmother made dandelion wine. He had to go out to do errands.  He he came back his mother and grandmother were drunk.  They were laughing loudly and staggering all over the place.  That happend in the 1920' or 1930's.  So, thanks for the smile and the memory of the story.
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« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2010 05:43:27 PM »

Technically you aren't actually using the juice (you would have to juice the dandelions to extract the liquid if you wanted to do that) you are making a strong tea of them and you could do that with dried blossoms. Dried flowers have only had the water taken out of them, not the flavour. You would need to use way less than the fresh amount the recipe calls for though. It's worth googling to see if there is a recipe out there.

Thanks for the post, some day I'll actually make all the wines I've been dreaming of...

One question though, in your instructions it doesn't say what to do with the yeast beyond mixing it with warm water and setting it aside. I'm sure it's in the video but it's not in the post anywhere.

Thanks again, looks like fun.
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« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2010 06:19:39 PM »

This looks like so much fun! I'm not even a wine drinker and I really, really want to try this out. Hurry up spring...
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« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2010 06:36:50 PM »


One question though, in your instructions it doesn't say what to do with the yeast beyond mixing it with warm water and setting it aside. I'm sure it's in the video but it's not in the post anywhere.

Thanks again, looks like fun.

Add it in the dandelion mix in the carboy!
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« Reply #37 on: February 28, 2010 08:33:50 PM »

Yes, there's a reason you can't buy diet wine: the sugar isn't there to make it sweet, it's there to make it ferment. Yeast only likes the real thing, not Sucralose, Stevia or Splenda!  Tongue

That being said, I'm sure with a bit of experimentation you could reduce the amount of sugar to the minimum needed to work. It might also reduce the alcohol level somewhat.

I've never heard of using dried dandelion petals, but I can't think of a single reason why it wouldn't work. The only tricky part would be getting the volume of petals right. The flavour should be pretty much the same.

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« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2010 12:05:02 PM »

Eeep!  This is awesome!

I'm preggo right now...if I make this when our dandelions pop up it will be ready right after I have the baby and can have a glass of wine again (finally!!!!)!!!

I am so all over this one!  Thanks for the instructions/inspiration!
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« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2010 12:40:39 PM »

Awesome! Thank you! My Great Grandma used to make dandelion wine. I can't wait for summer to try this!
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