Ray Bradbury, Meet Jack Keller
I have not read Ray Bradberry’s novel Dandelion wine. However, if you google Jack Keller you can find his page with a long list of dandelion (and other) wine recipes. For someone looking to make some wine for fun this long list can seem a little overwhelming. If thats you, then just pick a recipe and give it a try. If it doesn’t work out for you there is always next year.
Thats what I did last year. This year I decided to upgrade my output to 3 gallons and modify the recipe a little. Of all the recipes Mr Keller listed I don’t recall which one I originally tried. I did write down the process, though and I’ve made some changes. Last year’s wine is very sweet, like a desert wine. I have looked at the three recipes Jack has actually used himself and combined some things I like to come up with a new recipe for this year.
What you’re reading here is all of the experience I have with wine making. I normally brew beer, but when the dandelions came up this year I immediately thought of making another dandelion wine. Unfortunately I don’t have nearly as many dandelions in my yard as I did last year. I may have picked them all before they went to seed and caused this problem myself. Instead I scouted a new location where they don’t spray for weeds, got some small buckets and took the kids out to pick dandelions. I wrote down my adapted recipe, and followed it, sort-of. here is what actually happened in the kitchen brewery that night:
It's now been almost two weeks since fermentation began and it is going along well. Hopefully by next summer It will be ready to drink and I may have even finished Mr. Bradberry's novel.