DIY Dandelion Wine
Dandelion (“Löwenzahn” in Deutsch) is one of the easiest wild plants to recognize worldwide, Making it an ideal wild edible plant to use in many different ways including: Wine Making!
Spring & Summer Dandelion flowers are best for wine making, because they are subtly sweet & tart, which are perfectly balanced flavor notes for wine making. The later in the season you harvest the flowers, the more bitter and astringent they will taste, making your wine sour & bitter tasting as well.
- My Dandelion Wine Recipe:
- * What you will need:
- * 5 Gallons of spring water
- * 3 pounds of Dandelion flowers (REMOVE ALL GREENS)
- * 5 pounds of Organic sugar
- * 2 packets of wine yeast
- * Oxygen Powder sanitizer
- * 8-10 750 ml. wine bottles
- * 8-10 750 ml. compatible fermentation locks
Step 1.) Start filling the sink with hot water, then add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sanitizer, and finally, add all your bottles and fermentation locks, to soak in the sanitizer while you brew!
Step 2.) Over a campfire, boil 5 gallons of spring water in stainless steel pot, and bring to a boil. (you can do this indoors too, we just enjoy the outdoor experience, as well as the smoky flavor the campfire adds.)
Step 3.) Add 3 pounds of dandelion flowers to boiling water.
Step 4.) Add 5 pounds of organic sugar, stir, and boil all ingredients together for about an hour. (Watch the colors change as you are the creator of this brews world!!)
Step 5.) After an hour brewing the flowers and sugar, reduce the heat, and allow the tonic cool down to about 75-80 degrees.
Step 6.) When the brews temperature has cooled down to the desired temperature range (75-80 degrees) pitch 2 wine yeast packets, and stir for 5 minutes, signaling another person to arrange the bottles and funnels. Wash or sterilize your hands at this time too.
Step 7.) Pour the brew from the pot into each sterilized 750 ml. wine bottles. This recipe should fill 8-10 bottles 3/4 full.
Step 8.) Pop on a sterilized fermentation lock on each bottle top and let that baby ferment into a lovely, delicious, inside warming, home made wine!!
Allow the wine to ferment in a warm, low light corner of your home for about 6 weeks, then after the 6 weeks, cork each individual bottle, and age the wine in a cellar for later….I recommend aging your wine for 6 months or more to allow for better taste! Dandelion wine is surprisingly sweet & delicious and has become one of my favorite beginner wines to make with friends!