Bottling Dandelion Wine

kriswrite(zone 8)April 22, 2013

I have never made wine before, but THIS is the year I'm going to try dandelion wine. My question is: Can I bottle it in canning jars/lids? Or do I have to use bottles with corks? I am a bit worried about jars exploding, too...What should I know about that?

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flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

Wow-I celebrated my parents 60th aniversary with my last bottle of 35 year old dandelion wine in November. It was great, like a nice sherry. So go for it. You can bottle it any way; screw cap wine bottles are good to recycle. Don't use canning jars as they allow too much surface area for oxygen to get into the wine. As for explosions- just make sure fermentation is truely over and stabilize with sulphite. Paul

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 1:01PM
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creativesolver

I think so too, too much air surface in a canning jar. Wine bottles don't explode if there's no yeast activity in the wine. You would never bottle wine that wasn't completely finished and you will need a hydrometer to check that. It's just a little, inexpensive glass tube that floats in a bit of wine with a reading on it like an oldtime thermometer. Not at all complicated.

I have made dandelion wine before. It needs at least two years to age properly but is great stuff if you can wait that long! We always drink our wine before it's time, usually fairly green but I'm used to the jet fuel flavor. :-)

    Bookmark   on Tuesday at 1:31PM
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