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Dandelion Wine

Are Dandelions taking over your yard?  Put those weeds to good use and make Dandelion Wine.

For years I have heard about Dandelion Wine and have wanted to make it. this year I finally attempted it and I was super impressed and glad I did!   Dandelion Wine is a sweet dessert wine, made with dandelion petals, lemons and oranges;  It tastes like summer in a glass.   It is a bit time consuming brewing the wine, but it is well worth the effort!  The recipe yield about 5 gallons of wine or about 24 wine bottles.

Dandelion Wine

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Equipment

(All this equipment can be purchased online or better yet, go visit your local homebrew store.  They are fun to visit and the people there are generally a wealth of knowledge.  In Colorado I love Quirky Homebrew and The Brew Hut

Step 1: Picking Dandelion FlowersCollecting Dandelion Flowers

Step 1 is, by far, the most easy and most enjoyable of the process.  Emily and I found a side ditch/canal where there were a … READ MORE...

Bottling Kombucha & Next Batch

If this is your very first time making Kombucha, please follow this link for directions on making your first batch. Make Your First Batch of Kombucha

Also links to the first Kombucha article with Book recommendation and helpful Facebook group.
Fermented Sweet Tea – Kombucha

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Congrats!  You have previously made your first batch of kombucha and it has sat for a week or two and is ready for the second fermentation and for you to start another batch.  Here are my directions, for Bottling Kombucha. Many pictures and directions will look the same as from your very first batch, but with more intricate steps.  Reminder this is for use in a Ball 1 Gallon jar, which will yield three quart jars of bucha per batch (with enough left over to start a second batch)

 

Make Sweetened Tea

    • Take a shallow pan, add some water to about 1 inch high (amount really doesn’t matter as long as it is less than 3/4 gallon), bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add tea bags.  I like to use 3 bags of Bigelow Green Tea and 3 bags of Celestial Seasoning’s Morning Thunder Black Tea.  Let tea bags steep for 5 minutes, then remove.  Add 1 cup sugar to pan and stir until dissolved.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
    • Bottling Kombucha & Next Batch - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER 
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Make Your First Batch of Kombucha

I am super excited that you are here to Make Your First Batch of Kombucha, it is a great replacement for sodas, coffee and other energy drinks!   You can read about all the benefits in the link below, but for now, lets get down to the nitty gritty and start to make your first batch of Kombucha!

Intro to Kombucha and Recommendation for a Kombucha Book and Facebook Groups to Join: Fermented Sweet Tea – Kombucha

Before you make your first batch of kombucha, you will need to gather a few things.  Making Your First Batch of Kombucha

 

Each batch of Kombucha will be made in the 1-Gallon jar and will eventually yield three quart jars of flavored Bucha.  My steps include sanitizing EVERYTHING, this way I don’t develop and mold … READ MORE...

Kombucha – Fermented Sweet Tea

Last winter my husband and I were driving around just exploring andMaking Kombucha - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER we came across a winter farmer’s market in Longmont and decided to go see what was in a winter farmers market.  There were tons of handmade clothes and goodies, some produce and a kombucha vendor.  I initially walked right by the booth.  Luckily, my husband did stop and tried the flavors the Kombucha company was offering.

I had never heard of kombucha before, but the nice people from Happy Leaf Kombucha explained that Kombucha is, basically, a fermented sweet tea that is extremely healthy for you and beneficial to your digestive system.  It has many probiotics and cultures in it that help to support your gut, immune and digestive systems.  I was intrigued and tried their Lavender Cranberry variety.  My husband and I immediately loved the taste!   We got two bottles to take home!

After getting home, I researched Kombucha  and decided to try making it myself.  It is MUCH cheaper to make kombucha at home and I can be creative with the flavors!  My husband got me a book about Kombucha making (Kombucha Revolution) and there is a FANTASTIC Facebook group: Kombucha Nation, that is available for support, tips and good ‘recipes’. 

Kombucha Revolution Kombucha Revolution - COLROADO URBAN HOMESTEADER

Ball Jar for Making Fermented Sweet Tea

Below is a link to my method for making basic Kombucha.  During … READ MORE...