Dandelion Wine

If I'd only known!

Started this back in May, just now tasting.

simmer for 1 hour:
  • 1 large pot of dandelion heads
  • 2 gallons water
  • 2 oranges, juice
  • 5 pounds of sugar 

Cool, strain and pitch a sachet each of S04 and S05. Add water to make 3 gallons total.

Dry hop with the zest of those same two oranges.

og 1.084
fg 0.900

yeah...you heard me....checked with multiple hydrometers.

Anyway, as you can imagine, it's hot hot hot tasting...needs to age to take some of the alcohol heat off.

Tastes pretty good...but there's a slight green taste.  When we do it next spring, even though it's a lot more work, i think we'll pull the green root of the heads off the yellow petal parts.

I think next time we'll use honey instead of sugar...I just didn't want to go to the expense of honey until we'd tried it once to see if it was worth doing.

And I think, next spring, we'll try some different yeasts, as well.

But definitely worth doing.

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