The following is very similar to what my grandmother used to make. Good stuff!
* 3 qts dandelion flowers
* 1 lb white raisins
* 1 gallon water
* 3 lbs granulated sugar
* 2 lemons
* 1 orange
* yeast and nutrient
Pick the flowers just before starting, so they're fresh. You do not need to pick the petals off the flower heads, but the heads should be trimmed of any stalk. Put the flowers in a large bowl. Set aside 1 pint of water and bring the remainder to a boil. Pour the boiling water over the dandelion flowers and cover tightly with cloth or plastic wrap. Leave for two days, stirring twice daily. Do not exceed this time. Pour flowers and water in large pot and bring to a low boil. Add the sugar and the peels (peel thinly and avoid any of the white pith) of the lemons and orange. Boil for one hour, then pour into a crock or plastic pail. Add the juice and pulp of the lemons and orange. Allow to stand until cool (70-75 degrees F.). Add yeast and yeast nutrient, cover, and put in a warm place for three days. Strain and pour into a secondary fermentation vessel (bottle or jug). Add the raisins and fit a fermentation trap to the vessel. Leave until fermentation ceases completely, then rack and add the reserved pint of water and whatever else is required to top up. Refit the airlock and set aside until clear. Rack and bottle. This wine must age six months in the bottle before tasting, but will improve remarkably if allowed a year.
I've never had it, but my friend's dad made it with his dad when he was a kid.
We're collecting dandelions right now, actually, to make up a batch. We'll be "brewing" in a week or two, but obviously it won't be ready for a while after that.
Supposedly it's quite delicious - I can see how it would be - lots of nice earthy, citrusy flavors with a hint of bitterness.
Only problem is de-petaling the flowers... my hands looked like Big Bird the other day.
You can select any wine yeast to do this for you. I find it odd that the recipes do not offer a "kind of yeast" to use.
This man will be able to help you along.
The street word "BIJILLIONS" for a number of a mega-magnitude is now a standard dictinary entry.
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Tons of sugar and fruit and dandelion petals...I love dandelion greens because they are so bitter. Imagine the sugar you need!!! This alone will give you severe diabetes...better to drink a $2 buck chuck from Trader Joe's and read the Ray Bradbury novel with that title.
I don't know about the Bradbury novel, but Dandelion Wine was the staple of the poor people during the Great Depression, (it could be made for free by just gathering the dandelions and putting it in a jar with some bread coated with jam) so to ME... Dandelion wine represents a time of great poverty and unrest in AmeriKa...
My Grandmother still made Dandelion wine until the day she went to the nursing home... Elderberry wine too, because they grew wild on our property.
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Grandpa decides that a limit has been reached, collects money from all the boarders, and uses Douglas as a decoy to distract Aunt Rose.
When she returns, she finds her bags packed and on the porch; the boarders watch as Grandpa wishes her goodbye. Grandma returns home and tries to cook a new meal, but again it fails; she is distraught at having lost her abilities. Late that night, Douglas restores chaos to the now-orderly kitchen, hiding the new eyeglasses and burning the cookbook. Grandma investigates the clamor but Douglas hides from her; at one-thirty in the morning Grandma cooks another meal, this time with the same wonderful smells and tastes. Everyone gathers for a rich meal in the wee early of the mornings, and Grandpa offers Grandma a book of Shakespeare to prepare for the next meal. Douglas goes to sleep knowing he has thanked Mr. Jonas properly, and dreams of breakfast.
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what is the genre of Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ?
Ray Bradbury is a science fiction writer.
He wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the library of the University of California at Los Angeles on typewriters that you had to put a dime into to get a half-hour of typing time. Sort of like a laundromat except that the machines were typewriters.
does anyone know any good quotes about death from dandelion wine by ray bradbury?
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Head vs. Heart:
“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: ‘It’s gonna go wrong.’ Or ‘She’s going to hurt me.’ ‘Or, ‘I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore…’ Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
“From now on I hope always to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in the future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
“I think we have a chance to do something about education… It doesn’t matter who does it—Democrats or Republicans—but it’s long overdue.”
“You feed yourself. Make sure you have all the information, whether it’s aesthetic, scientific, mathematical, I don’t care what it is. Then you walk away from it and let it ferment. You ignore it and pretend you don’t care. Next thing you know, the answer comes.”
“Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.”
“Science fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.”
“All that stuff that’s collected up in my head—poetry and mythology and comic strips and science fiction magazines—comes out in my stories. So you get to a certain age and you’re like a pomegranate, you just burst. And the ideas spill out.”
“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.”
“So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.”
Question regarding Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury?
Douglas is twelve
Douglas is the most important character in Dandelion Wine. The novel is the story of his summer. Douglas is a twelve-year-old boy who faces many challenges and changes over the course of the season. He loves the magic of summer and early on he realizes that he has become conscious for the first time of being alive. Douglas feels tremendous joy and appreciation for all of life. However, this realization of what it means to be alive carries with it a dark side: Douglas also must come face to face with the concept of death. The battle in the book is his attempt to come to terms with life.
Douglas is inquisitive and pensive, and although he does not understand the process of growing up, he quickly begins to see links between the events of the summer. Douglas thinks things through and draws conclusions based upon what he knows. However, he is also willing to revise his conclusions when events disprove them. He reasons out his own mortality based upon his observations that nothing lasts forever—neither machines nor people can outlast time. Despite the cold nature of this rationalization, Douglas is still very much a kid, and he wants to believe in things like magic, the Lonely One, and witches. Because of his urge to believe in the fantastical, Douglas is unwilling to admit that he has to die. The realism of death threatens to take away his belief in magic. At the end of the book Douglas is able to reconcile his love for life with an understanding of death. He sees that the magic is everywhere, which the magic is living itself.
Although the events of Douglas's summer seem far from ordinary, the changes that he goes through are ones that everyone must face. Douglas's story is that of every child, for at some point we all stumble upon the certain truth that we are mortal. The time and circumstances of that discovery are not as important as the result. Douglas does not simply decide that life is worth living. He comes to the conclusion that life is magical. Douglas may be Bradbury's ideal response to the dilemma of mortality. In the end, although he is more mature in many ways, Douglas still retains the happiness of a child, a happiness that life itself inspires.
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Can someone tell me how to make dandelion wine, how to use the leaves to make tea, and what to do with roots?
Dandelion Wine: Four good quarts of dandelion blossoms, four pounds of sugar, six oranges, five lemons. Wash dandelion blossoms and place them in an earthenware crock. Pour five quarts of boiling water over them and let stand 36 hours. Then strain through a muslin bag, squeezing out all moisture from dandelions. Put the strained juice in a deep stone crock or jug and add to it the grated rind and juice of the six oranges and five lemons. Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment. Then stand away from stove in an outer kitchen or cooler place, not in the cellar, for three months. At the end of three months put in bottles. This is a clear, amber, almost colorless liquid. A pleasant drink of medicinal value.
6 dandelion leaves
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Remove the leaves from the stems and tear them into strips. Place in the bottom of a mug, pour on enough boiling water to fill the mug and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink. For a sweeter brew, add 1 teaspoon of honey.
Good luck! We learned about this in my Environmental Science class....we even made some. It was actually pretty good...
Pick and use the flowers only.
Here is Jack Keller's recipe with full instructions, expanation and comments that answer all your questions - http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/texdande.asp
Jack has the web's leading resource site on home winemaking - it is worth taking time to have a look at the rest of his site and also to read his instructions on basic winemaking.
It is about tension and how the human mind acts in times of stress. When the woman enters her house the reader believes she is safe, but discovers the fact she is not alone. This makes the reader question what makes us safe?
dandelion wine...does it really exist? How you make it?
I'm not sure how you make it other then the fact that you use dandelions,but it does exist I have drank it before. It's really good. I would assume you need lots of sugar to make it sweet. Try to google dandelion wine recipes
It's is good if done right. I wish I could find the recipe. My aunt made it one year, and it was good. It was also a lot of work. I know that we had to gather 5 gallons of dandelion petals, no green stuff.
It makes me feel the same as if I'd drunk an equal amount of stout or a couple quick shots of Irish whiskey. I've drunk enough of it on two occasions to get thoroughly blasted, but never had an hallucination, nor have the dozen people I've known who also drank themselves stupid on dandelion wine.
Yes, and I would liken it drinking gasoline. Seriously, I've never had moon shine but I would guess it's very similar to that. It's very strong and doesn't have much of a taste except for the fact that you know it's got a high alcohol content. I had it after my high school graduation and I have to tell you, if I never have it again - that'll be just fine.
What importance does dandelion wine play in the book Dandelion Wine?
It's symbolic of life, the summer and the joy of being alive:
"In the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois, 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding realizes he is alive - that is, he becomes self-aware in a manner he had never been before, and is exhilarated by the new richness it gives everyday experiences, especially at the start of summer: the harvest of fox grapes, the making of dandelion wine, the purchase of new sneakers, the setting up of the porch swing."
or, maybe even better:
"The title refers to a wine made with dandelion petals and other ingredients, commonly citrus fruit. In the story, dandelion wine, as made by the protagonist's grandfather, serves as a metaphor for packing all of the joys of summer into a single bottle."
What is unusual about the format in the book Dandelion Wine ?
It's a great book. What's different about it is that many of the chapters can be read as small stories with their own little problems and characters. The whole book is about a boy's life growing up in small town Illinois in the 50's over the period of one summer.
It really depends on the volume that you are making. I usually make 5 or 6 gallon batches of whatever I am brewing, and if I were to make a 5 gallon batch with 3 lbs of sugar, it would only be about 2% aalcohol, + or -. So I would assume you are working at a smaller batch to have a higher alcohol con tenet? Give me a few more details and I'll try to give you a better answer.
My dandelion wine tastes like a mixture of sugar and rubbing alcohol?
It might. What can you lose?
As it is, it turned out better than my attempt. I must have included some of the green parts, because it was mouth-puckeringly bad. I tossed it.
BTW, how do you know what rubbing alcohol tastes like? Spent some time on Skid Row, did you?
When does the book "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury start to pick up the tempo and get interesting?
Been a while since I read that particular book, but I remember really enjoying the chapter with Lavinia Nebbs and the murderer, The Lonely One. Very suspenseful.
Also, I really recommend that you really work to appreciate the quality of the writing as you read. Bradbury wrote some really amazing sentences in that book. I still remember ..."she was cool as mint ice cream..." what a great simile!
I'm writing an essay about the book Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury and I'm stuck. Help?
Ah, I love Dandelion WIne! Well, the book has an "old-timey" feel to it all. For it to be written in modern terms, I would think that the theme of carpe diem would need to be emphasized and kept same. I think Bradbury would need though to modernize the way he portrays it- instead of wine and using elders to convey his point, he would probably use young adults who suffered tragedies and learned life lessons more early to relate to modern readers, and use the symbol of a simplistic toy of sorts, like a paper airplane or something.
Swing top bottles okay for mead and dandelion wine?
I agree with another answer that wine should be stored in a wine bottle. To expand on that, punted wine bottles (that's an upper depression at the bottom of the bottle), should be used for sparkling Wines and Meads.
Swing-top bottles are great for Mead that has been filtered or pasteurized. They were meant for Beer because beer yeast has a low alcohol tolerance level and will expected to become exhausted below 10% Alcohol by Volume.
Does anyone possibly know where I could find dandelion blossoms for making wine in the middle of January?
First, congratulations on your wedding, and what a lovely idea to have your dad make his dandelion wine for the celebration. I'm a bit doubtful about being able to find fresh or frozen dandelion blossoms in stores. I think you'd be better off growing your own, as you will need a lot (the recipes I found call for 2 to 3 quarts of blossoms.) http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelion.asp
Here is a company that sells the seed. You could dedicate a corner of your yard to growing them, and have the blossoms within about 3 weeks of sowing the seed.
The recipes say to keep the wine for 6 months before drinking, so you'd have to hurry in order to have it ready for your wedding. I think it's a lovely idea though!
It's my personal favorite of Bradbury's books, an evocative celebration of childhood. It's not intended to have a "plot" other than life itself. There is development, of course, rendered in a series of epiphanies rather than dramatic events. It gives the impression that it is the quieter, apparently less significant experiences in one's childhood that truly make us the unique individuals we are.
Many people are disappointed by it because they've just read his sci-fi works and are expecting more of the same.
"Four good quarts of dandelion blossoms, four pounds of sugar, six oranges, five lemons. Wash dandelion blossoms and place them in an earthenware crock. Pour five quarts of boiling water over them and let stand 36 hours. Then strain through a muslin bag, squeezing out all moisture from dandelions. Put the strained juice in a deep stone crock or jug and add to it the grated rind and juice of the six oranges and five lemons. Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment. Then stand away from stove in an outer kitchen or cooler place, not in the cellar, for three months. At the end of three months put in bottles. This is a clear, amber, almost colorless liquid. A pleasant drink of medicinal value. Aunt Sarah always used this recipe for making dandelion wine, but Mary preferred a recipe in which yeast was used, as the wine could be used a short time after making."
For dandelion wine made with yeast: "Four quarts of dandelion blossoms. Pour over them four quarts of boiling water; let stand 24 hours, strain and add grated rind and juice of two oranges and two lemons, four pounds of granulated sugar and two tablespoonfuls of home-made yeast. Let stand one week, then strain and fill bottles." Source: "Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled During Her Visit Among the "Pennsylvania Germans," by Edith M. Thomas, 1915.
Disclaimer: if you make dandelion wine using either of these recipes, you do so at your own risk.