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Dandelion Wine

Well, last time I attempted this time ran away with me and my dandelions just stewed away in the bucket and I ended up throwing them away. I decided I must try harder! But when the sun shines on the dandelions and they are fully opened to the sun , I am always tempted to go and pull their heads off and do something beautiful with them! Of course there are loads still left in the garden worshiping the sun.

Just a litre of dandelion heads is all it takes.Dandilions 3
Leave them to brew in a warm place for a couple of days with sugar orange zest and yeastDandilions 4
and then into a demi-jon to ferment away for about a month,

Dandilions 5
then it’s ready to rack off (put into bottles).

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Weekend Brewing

We brewed our first beer from a kit last weekend. Apart from the satisfaction of the process, if it works out, the beer will cost 1/3rd of the price paid in the shops. We have never been pub going people so we are not taking away business from them!

It looks disgusting in the bucket, doesn’t it? But it already smells like beer!

Brewing 1

The mundane bit is sterilising the bottles, not good if you’re not a patient person.

Brewing 2

The beginning of the good bit!

Brewing 3 Brewing 4

Here are all the bottles sealed and ready. They are all saved bottles by the way, so we only had to buy the caps and my Dad gave us the the thingy that puts them on.

Brewing 5
The taste test comes in two weeks time, which relies on Keith because I don’t like beer! 🙂

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Wine Making

We’ve been trying out some Walnut Leaf wine we discovered from 2012 and it’s rather nice, especially really chilled!

Walnut leaf wine

We’ve also been to the brew shop in Norwich and got some wine kits to try.

Wine boxes
If these work out OK, the wine will cost a 1/3 of the price that’s in the shops. I’m feeling inspired! 🙂