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Subject:dandelion mead
Time:09:47 pm
So, I'm working on the Dandelion Mead.

I got about a gallon of hot water, and added about 2-2.5 lbs of honey (wildflower) and a half cup of sugar. Then I boiled that for about 10 minutes. I added it to a little shy of 2 quarts of dandelion flower petals (took FOREVER to pick, and my fingernails got dirty and yellow). I let it sit hot for a few hours, and now I'm bored, so I have it sitting in an ice bath. I also checked the brix. It started at 17.0, so I figured I wanted more alcyhol, so I added about 2 cups of sugar to bring the brix up to 24.0 or so (1.101 SG). I don't think it'll be much alcyhol (maybe 13%). Once the temperature drops, I'm going to add about 1/3 of a pack of some Ale yeast (1 pack is for 5 gallons of beer). I'm somewhat concerned, since the container it is in doesn't have much headroom, so I'll probably keep it sitting in a container to keep it from making a big mess when it bubbles over. I won't put in an airlock, either, because, it's wild.. I'm going to be afraid to taste it, though.. Hmm, now that I think about it.. Lemme squeeze an orange or two into it.
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davmoo
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Time:2008-04-28 02:01 am (UTC)
I have often thought about making some dandelion wine. Especially since every year I have a veritable jungle of dandelions. But it is just *so* labor intensive to collect them I've never done it.
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antihope
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Time:2008-04-28 02:53 am (UTC)
I think it could be fun if you have FB drop by one day, and she'll do the flower picking, (in the nude? wearing an apron to collect them?). Then, the real work (taking the flower petals from the green stuff) can continue after acting like bunnies. Then, you can bunny again.. I'm thinking a "little bo peep" theme or so.
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davmoo
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Time:2008-04-28 03:36 am (UTC)
And she even has a cute little pair of bunny ears that she can wear while collecting :-)

Unfortunately, while that would certainly be fun, because of teen and preteen girls next door, and a nosy busy-body on the other side of them, outdoor play time can only take place in a very limited area of the yard where dandelions to not grow.
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antihope
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Time:2008-05-25 12:58 am (UTC)
So.. New Brix is 11.5 (i just moved it to a new container)
Corrected SG : 1.012

Alkyhol by Volume:
11.681249999999997

I think I'll try some new yeasties in it soon, so they can pump up the alkyhol. It's very orangy, but I think I have a hint, finally, of what a dandelion tastes like.
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