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    Been and collected the dandelions this afternoon,, ok picking them, but sooo boring pulling the yellow petals off,,,still got enought to do the two wines.
    I washed them in a 1 pint of water to 1 camden tablet solution to clean them and then rinsed them off afterwards in clean water.
    I got them in the freezer now until they are ready to add to the base wines..

    One question,, when added at an SG of 1020 to 1010,, do they get left in till the end of the fermentation?? or do they need to be strained out after a few days/week ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockwood1956 View Post
    Fermented to 1.010 then added flower petals (chopped earlier and frozen)
    Did you sulphite the petals prior to freezing?

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    I didn't David no.....

    did think about it, but figured they should be safe whilst frozen

    seemed to work ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by waggoner View Post
    Been and collected the dandelions this afternoon,, ok picking them, but sooo boring pulling the yellow petals off,,,still got enought to do the two wines.

    don't pull the petals off....nip the bit beneath the yellow petals between thumb and forefinger and squeeze, the petals will go flat and protrude a little, you can then snip them off with scissors

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    Quote Originally Posted by waggoner View Post
    One question,, when added at an SG of 1020 to 1010,, do they get left in till the end of the fermentation?? or do they need to be strained out after a few days/week ??

    From 1.010 to end of ferment isnt very long, so i leave them in till the end
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    Quote Originally Posted by lockwood1956 View Post
    I didn't David no.....

    did think about it, but figured they should be safe whilst frozen

    seemed to work ok

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    Bob
    It was the possibility of infection being introduced into the almost fermented must from un-santitised ingredients I was wondering about, rather than frozen petals going off.

    As reduced amounts/late addition works with dandelions, any reason why it shouldn't be used with gorse flowers? Anything to reduce the amount of picking from amongst the thorns + I'm on holiday on Exmoor at the moment which is covered with the stuff and taking enough frozen flowers back for a gall would be a nice memento.

    P.S. Was that 500ml of flowers loose or lightly pressed down?
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    Just thinking out loud here...

    " almost fermented must " = fermenting.

    Fermenting is a process of sterilization.

    So surely IMO this is the safest time to add stuff if there is any risk.

    As opposed to adding something sulphited 'could' prematurely stop the fermentation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    It was the possibility of infection being introduced into the almost fermented must from un-santitised ingredients I was wondering about, rather than frozen petals going off.
    there is enough alcohol in the must at that point to negate infection

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    Just made the two base wines up,,following Bobs recipes, So thats good.

    I washed the petals in the camden tablet solution, not so much for infection side, more for in case of dirt/dust/bugs on them,,maybe the odd bit of dog pee too,,, they came from a big park!!

    I rinsed them off afterwards in clean water,,becaused it occured to me at the time that if i left the solution on them it might stop the fermintation when they are added to the wine..

    So really thats the only reason i washed them first..

    Thanks.
    Mark.

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    Two lots of dandelion wine,, one on the left is made with the grape concentrate and the one on the right is a No1 wine.
    Had to pour a bit out of both, because the petals floated on the top and the gas built up underneath them, forcing the petals up the airlocks!!
    Been stirring them daily to keep the petals mixed up..

    But so far so good!!
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