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Old 11-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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Getting ready to try making a dandelion metheglin. Adapted a bit from my uncle's recipe, using honey instead of sugar. What do ya'll think?

1/2 lb. Dandelion Petals
3 lb. Orange Blossom honey
1/4 lb. Golden Raisins
1 Orange (zest & fruit)
1 Lemon (zest & fruit)
water to 1 gal.
Lalvin EC-1118 yeast

Thinking I will prep the dandelion similar to YooperBrew's recipe, minus boiling the sugar portion (in my case the honey).
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:19 AM   #2
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I made a dandelion mead a few years ago.
I pretty much boiled the water, poured it onto the petals and then used the "tea" as my water for the batch.
I only used the dandelion "tea", honey, nutrient, and yeast, no other additives.
Turned out pretty good.
I think I may still have a bottle in the "cellar", I may have to break it out on Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:07 PM   #3
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I'm hoping for a good balance of the citrus & dandelion. The orange blossom honey tastes amazing on it's own. Will bulk age this for at least a year. Should be putting this all together either this weekend or early next week.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:49 PM   #4
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here's my ghetto-fabulous free fermenter. #2 HDPE 5 quart ice cream buckets I use at work.



Exactly 1/2 lb. dandelion petals. Kept them in the freezer until I had enough.



Boiled 1/2 gallon water with 1/2 Campden tablet in my stock pot. Poured over dandelion petals, let cool and snapped lid on bucket. This is to sit in the bucket for 2 days, stirring twice daily.

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Old 11-23-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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I read that you are not supposed to put any green parts of the dandelion into the mix. It looks like you got some geens in the fermenter. Hopefully it comes out ok.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:33 PM   #6
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I picked a few of the green bits out after taking the pictures last night. There were only 4 or 5 that I had missed. Picking that many dandelion petals is a test in patience & requires nimble fingers.
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:45 AM   #7
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Your photo caption answered my question, which was, "Where the heck did you get dandelion blossoms in November?"
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:59 PM   #8
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Your photo caption answered my question, which was, "Where the heck did you get dandelion blossoms in November?"
I've still got a ton in my yard & I'm in Middle TN above Nashville.


After stirring twice daily for 2 days, I got everything together. The orange blossom honey I got is pretty dark. As I only had 44oz of orange blossom honey, I added 4oz of clover honey.


Took my time & got every bit of zest off one orange and one lemon. Added them in the pot with the 1/2 gallon of steeped dandelions. Boiled for 1 hour covered.


Strained solids through a muslin bag & added liquid to honey. 3lbs of honey dislpaced nearly 1/4 gallon. Mixed thoroughly & sat in cool water bath.


Added bag with dandelion petals, orange & lemon zest, as well as the fruit from the orange & lemon. Topped up to 1 gallon.


Color is a nice orange/yellow.


Pitched Lalvin EC-1118 dry when ~78 degrees F. One hour later I checked & saw this lovely little krausen.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:04 PM   #9
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I forgot to mention that I added some 1/4 tsp yeast nutrient before I pitched the yeast.

After 3 days in the primary bucket, I pulled the muslin bag out with all the petals, fruit & zest. Squeezed the remaining liquid from the bag & then strained all the liquid into the 1 gallon carboy on top of 1/4 lb golden raisins. Topped it up to 1 gallon and attached airlock.



Sitting next to my strawberry wine @ 67 degrees F. Will rack whenever lees accumulate ~ 1/2". Expected aging 1 year.

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Old 11-29-2009, 05:56 AM   #10
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Picking that many dandelion petals is a test in patience & requires nimble fingers.
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Find some girls around and teach them the "He loves me, he loves me not" thing and have them put the petals into a bucket for good luck.
Hopefully you can get around the child labour laws with that.

It looks really great, just a few things I noticed. Zesting to me is just taking tiny little flakes. I would call what you did peeling. Not a problem as long as you had no pith (white stuff) attached to the skins.
I just wish I could get good honey here, and forget about Dandelion's.
Best of luck and thanks for posting the pictures and recipe.
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