Pink Dandelion Wine

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Ingredients

2 quarts of dandelion petals (stem and green collar of each flower removed)
2 quarts of boiling water
3 lemons
3 1/2 cups sugar
10 oz package of frozen sweetened red rasperries
1 yeast cake
cheesecloth
1 one-gallon jar (stoneware jar works best)
3 one quart wine bottles with screw-on caps

Instructions

Pick the dandelions, snip off the stem and green collar and rinse in cool water. Place petals in the clean one-gallon jar and pour the boiling water over them.

Let stand overnight.

In the morning, strain the liquid through cheesecloth (or tea towel), being sure to squeeze the flowers to remove all the juice. Combine dandelion juice with strained juice of lemons. Add juice to frozen raspberries and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, then gentle simmer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, clean the jar with soapy water and dry out. Pour mixture back into jar, cooling to lukewarm temperature.

Add yeast. Stir until yeast dissolves, cover the jar, and let mixture ferment for 10 days (with an airlock if possible) or until hissing subsides.

Using a double layer of cheesecloth, strain the liquid into a cider jug and let stand for 3 days.

Strain liquid again and place into quart wine bottles with screw-on caps (or swing-top bottles), but DO NOT tighten the caps. Let the wine stand for 24 hours to reduce the chance of a fizzy explosion.

Seal the bottles and leave for at least six months before drinking.

Enjoy! 

(The final concoction should be drunk ice cold.)

 

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Stoneware Jar

Can you recommend a stoneware jar?

Dandelion wine

I’m having a hard time locating a “yeast cake” what is the substitute for that?

how to substitute for a yeast cake

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Hi, Malinda. Good question. And we have your answer…on our common substitions page.

I am new to this, and I was

I am new to this, and I was wondering if I can make half of this recipe, or if that is not a good idea? Also, I have been unable to find a yeast cake at any of our local grocery stores and wondering if there is any substitution?

Hi, Rachel! Welcome!

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Hi, Rachel! Welcome!

We always recommend when trying a new recipe to follow it to a T the first time. You can find substitutions for common ingredients (such as a yeast cake) in our handy chart: http://www.almanac.com/content/common-ingredient-substitutions .

Dandelion Wine Reminder

As with any kind of fermentation process, make sure all equipment is sanitized. Making my first batch right now. Six days in, and batch #1 is still bubbling. It will be interesting to taste end product. The juice, going in, was scrumptious. It will be difficult to wait until December.