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Topic: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video!  (Read 46595 times)
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« Reply #80 on: May 13, 2012 09:17:23 AM »

There is one thing that concerns me tho: unlike in France here in Scotland it is still freezing cold, so i wouldn't really get it up to  a high enough temperature for the initial fermentation. Instead of using dried flowers (or pick the older ones in summer), could I just pick, clean and then freeze the flowers? Utnil it is warm enough here - which is soon I hope, getting sick of that weather. Any ideas?

also, for your ferment in the open bottles, do you cap them with anything to keep the dirt/flies/... out?


I was drinking beer across Germany and Czech Republic during the fermentation process, but if I had been back on the farm I would have covered the open bottles with fabric, or old stockings, or something to keep out the ants. Ex-boyfriend however did not do these things, so we just strained the dead ants out at the end. It was a rustic lifestyle, to say the least.

As for the freezing, I imagine it could work. Sadly I only made wine this one time, and though it was a definite success I am not an expert!
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« Reply #81 on: September 17, 2012 01:31:00 PM »

Oh that sounds fantastic! I so want to make this! Thanks for sharing - and thanks for reviving, too, haha!

There is one thing that concerns me tho: unlike in France here in Scotland it is still freezing cold, so i wouldn't really get it up to  a high enough temperature for the initial fermentation. Instead of using dried flowers (or pick the older ones in summer), could I just pick, clean and then freeze the flowers? Utnil it is warm enough here - which is soon I hope, getting sick of that weather. Any ideas?

also, for your ferment in the open bottles, do you cap them with anything to keep the dirt/flies/... out?

Oh I am so excited now. told the BF already and he just shrugged. grmgrmlll ... men... he'll be dragged out for a long weekend through the fields tomorrow, haha!

I have seen many types of yeasts that prefer a cooler fermentation. You may want to try this and keep the batch in the basement (if you have one) with a more consistent temp. for control.

Tomico
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