The making of wine tends to be associated with grapes most of the time. People tend to think of vineyards with their crop of different grapes hanging in bunches and just waiting to be picked and made into their favorite red or white wines. The truth though, is that many other things may be used to make wine. You have wine made from berries of all kinds and even other fruits such as plums and cherries. If you visit the Japanese then you’ll have an opportunity of seeing a special wine that they make out of rice known as sake. Wine can also be made from other plants and in this strange case; wine can be made from the Huisache flower otherwise known as the Dandelion.
If you’re interested in the making of dandelion wine, then you should know that the process isn’t that complex at all and a number of simple recipes exist which will give you what you want, provided that you adhere to them. While most people in North America tend to regard these flowers as just weeds, American Indian tribes had been using this crop a long time before the Europeans came over with their own plants. When next you’re thinking of getting rid of those yellow weeds cum flowers which have invaded your front lawn, try to remember that they make very tasty wine as well. The wine is exclusively made from the flower and no other part of the wine, everything else is unnecessary and should be disposed off as soon as the flowers have been collected.
One surefire recipe for dandelion wine is the use of dandelions along with these ingredients: sugar, oranges, water and yeast. Harvesting of the dandelions should be at high noon so that they have opened up to their fullest. When you’re waiting for the gallon of water to start boiling, you should take out all the dandelions and make sure you have no stem or any other parts but just flowers. After this the boiling water should be placed over the flowers, you should then cover everything with a cloth and let it breathe. The ensemble should be left for 48 hours at most and after this time water should be poured back into the pot. After this orange peels should be added as well, but you should remember to remove as much of the white stuff that comes with the peels as possible, because it affects the flavor of the wine. After this you should boil everything again for ten minutes.
At the expiration of the boiling period, the entire mixture should be poured through a porous cloth and into a pail or large pot which already has a huge amount of sugar within it. You should permit everything to cool before you place the orange juice together with the yeast and yeast nutrients. Following this, everything should be added in a container for fermentation and this container must be sealed tightly.
After the wine has cleared properly, it should be placed into bottles for a two month period before rebottling. After this period it should be left for as much as six months to a year in order to give it a greater taste. Such wine tends to be very favorable and the best part of everything is that you would have succeeded in making everything entirely on your own.