Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hudson Valley (NY)
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I couldn't decide whether this should go in crafts, because it feels like a craft to me, or healthy eating, because it is something we put in our bodies, or even talk amongst ourselves because it doesn't quite fit in either of the others. Moderator, feel free to move it if you like!
Anyway, I'm making some now, and I'm having so much fun with it.
My daughters and I spent about an hour picking dandelion heads on Friday, then I made a "tea" out of them. Now I have to go strain the dandelions out and add wine yeast and sugar and let it sit for another several days before I siphon it into a carboy, where it will brew for at least three months before we try it.
My neighbor made it last year and is helping me with this first batch of mine. We have a "homebrew emporium" relatively nearby where I bought wine yeast, carboy, syphon, and fermentation lock and got lots of friendly advice.
If this works out, I think my next attempt will be either strawberry wine or mead (honey wine). I will definitely try rootbeer and/or other non-alcoholic brews in the future.
One thing that excites me about this new "craft" is the gift possibilities. I am imagining handing the relatives six-packs of various homemade brews with labels beautifully decorated by my daughters.
Has anyone else done this or any other sort of wine? Or beermaking?