MY BEST DANDELION WINE RECIPE
MY BEST DANDELION WINE RECIPE
(Makes about 12 liters of Dandelion Wine)
- 3 Kilograms of cleaned Dandelion flowers.
- 12 Liters, (quarts) of water.
- 4 Kilograms sugar, brown or white.
- 2 cups white seedless Raisins chopped fine, (or an extra cup of sugar).
- 2 whole large washed Oranges, seeded and either put through the blender or chopped fine.
- 1 whole, washed Lemon,same as above.
- 6 whole clove pieces
- 2-1/2 teaspoons dried and powdered Wild Ginger or 60 grams,(2 oz.) fresh & chopped.
- 1 packet wine making yeast, or 1 tablespoon regular bread making yeast.
- 1 cup lukewarm water.
- 1 food grade white plastic bucket 15 liters capacity,(standard restaurant size used for liquids and muffin mixes, grape juice for wine etc.
- Large pot that will boil 15 liters.
- Old and clean Pillowcase.
- Clear plastic hose for “racking”,(transferring the wine out of containers without the must).
- Large funnel, and or colander that will sit firmly on top of your bucket.
- one medium wine making carboy 12-15 liters.
- or -3 to 4-1 gallon narrow mouthed glass jugs. The kind hot sauce and vinegar come to restaurants. Easy to find on recycling day.
- Beer or wine bottles with corks or caps.
- Sodium Metabisulfite for sterilizing. Available at most brew your own shops and anywhere that wine making supplies are sold. Follow directions!
- All vessels and tools must be sterile.
- Collect and prepare your Dandelion flowers as directed in my post” 9 tips for making a kick ass wildflower wine”.
- Bring water to a boil,
- Add flowers, water, sugar, oranges, lemon, cloves, wild ginger, raisins
- Bring back to a boil for 1/2 hour, simmering on low and covered.
- Let it sit covered to cool, until it is just cool enough to handle.
- Pour and strain into plastic bucket through a clean washed pillowcase, or through a colander lined with doubled cheese cloth, nothing beats a pillowcase especially for wringing out the liquid and keeping larger particles from passing into your wine. the colander is just a precaution, and to support the weight, ( ideally find one that your bucket supports, or put the colander in a funnel that sits firmly on the rim of your bucket, or just use a large funnel and sit your nylon stocking in it.)
- Press whatever liquid you can through the pillowcase or cheese cloth. (Make sure your hands are washed and clean first).
- When liquid is room temperature or a little warmer. Take one cup of liquid, (using a clean or sterile utensil), add it your cup of lukewarm water and stir in the yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until yeast starts “working”, (it will start creating fizzing or frothing).
- Add yeast mixture to liquid in plastic bucket, cover with a clean cloth or a clean towel, (tie or use rubber band around the rim so it does not sag and come into contact with the liquid), and let sit for 1 or 2 weeks at room temperature undisturbed or until you can hear no more fizzing.
- Note, if you do not hear fizzing within 24 hours of adding yeast. Put your liquid back in the pot, boil for 10 minutes, cover, wait for it to cool enough to just above body temperature and go through the process of adding your yeast again.
- After a week or two, when your wine has stopped “working” or fizzing, “rack” it to a sterile carboy or to your sterile one gallon glass jugs if you don’t have a large narrow necked glass carboy. Racking in wine lingo means siphoning off your clear wine from the must that has settled on the bottom. Pouring it out would just mix in the must and carry its taste over.
- Keeping a minimum of space between the top of your liquid and the top of the bottle is helpful. If needed add room temperature boiled water to bring liquid level up to 3 to 4 inches from the lip in a gallon jug and 6 to 7 inches in a large carboy.
- Add CO2 locks, From a wine supply store, about $1.00 each. Or a piece of balloon rubber pulled tightly over the opening and tied, with a couple of pin holes in it for gas to escape and keep organisms out. Let sit, undisturbed in a cool dark place for secondary fermentation. Cool basements are ideal for this.
- Wait 4-6 weeks, then siphon the wine off the must again, but this time into your sterile bottles.( Note; For those more experienced with wine making, you can do whatever you like at this point. You can put it back in a sterile carboy and continue your secondary fermentation, rack it as often as you like, pump it through a filter, play with the sugar/alcohol content, flavouring etc.)
- Cork, cap and set aside till December at the earliest.
In December, open, decant, and have a taste of Spring in the middle of Winter.
Remember to keep CLEAR notes. Your future self will thank you.