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sjo

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I have been collecting dandelions for Luc's dandelion strawberry wine.(read the blog also) I currently have about 1 gallon of petals. Jack Keller has a dandelion recipe that has won medals in competition that uses the dandelion head. He says drinkable in 6 month but better to age a year. That recipe uses the dandelion head, not just the petals. I am planing on trying both recipes but am curious what method everyone has done and some and the results. Just petals or entire head.
I have seen the other dandelion posts and know what some of you think. Has anyone done it both ways? Is the bitterness the only difference?
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Wade E

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I have only done it once and just used the petals as I was afrid of the heads making it too bitter.
 

Leanne

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I have tried both methods and the petal only method does seem the way to go. There are parts of the head that break down far too quickly and give off a nasty odour and a very strange flavour. The bitterness does mellow with aging but never quite goes away. The colour of the wine is also compromised.
I now stick to petals.
 

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