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Topic: Spring Time is Wine Time! Homemade Lilac Wine.  (Read 1862 times)
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Oprah Winfrey
« on: May 22, 2011 04:59:39 PM »

I was introduced to an entire new world of booze last spring when I saw the Dandewine post and gave it a try:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339539.0

So I did some research and made some Cherry Bounce last summer:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354870.msg4149775#msg4149775

And now, I'm foraging into the romantic, yet risky, lilac wine. Because it is currently lilac season, I'm posting this with scant photos just to get it out there for your drunken pleasure. I'll add photos of the rest of the process as it happens.



RECIPE:
4 quarts lilac petals
3lb sugar
juice of 2 lemons
one packet of yeast

DIRECTIONS:
1. Put the flowers in a large crock or glass container. Pour 3 quarts boiling water over the petals. Cover with a towel, and let sit for 2 days.

2. Pour 1 quart water into pot, bring to a boil, and add the sugar to dissolve. Cool. Meanwhile, strain the lilac mixture, squeezing the liquid out of the flowers. Return the lilac mixture to the crock/jar, add the sugar water and lemon juice. Pitch the yeast (dissolve yeast in warm water, allowing to get bubbly and creamy - add to the lilac mixture).

3. Ferment for one week. Strain. Bottle and leave uncorked until fermentation ends. Strain again, bottle and cork. Leave shelved for one year before drinking.





If it sounds easy, that's because it is. This recipe mirrors the Dandewine recipe, which is why I'm going for it with reckless abandon. The Dandewine is fruity, sweet and delicious. I think the Lilac Wine tends to be dry, and I've heard it tastes awful if you try it before the recommended year of shelving. Still, I'm optimistic. Besides, free and homemade booze always tastes better to the DIY-er, even if it is awful. If anyone tries, let me know!

Bottoms up!
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kcartwright856
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011 10:03:23 PM »

This is so exciting! I, too, made the Dandewine after I was inspired by the post last year. Please keep us updated on this!
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Oprah Winfrey
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011 11:48:05 AM »

I pitched the yeast this morning, and holy cow does this concoction stink. I'm very afraid...
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Linnybelle
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011 04:26:22 AM »

Ooo!  This looks very interesting.  My mom and dad made a bunch of homemade wine last summer, including dandelion wine, so I'll have to show them this.
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mosli
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011 07:15:32 PM »

very interesting... let us know how it turns out!
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