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Grandfather's Dandelion Wine


1 gallon boiling water
1-quart dandelion blossoms packed tight
3-1/2 lbs. granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 yeast cake
1/2 lb. seeded raisins


Boil water for ten minutes. Place dandelion petals in a large stone crock or glass jar. Cover with sugar. Add boiling water. When water is lukewarm, add lemon and orange juice. Break up the yeast cake and add to the liquid. Stir well. Cover loosely and let stand 1 week. Strain through cheesecloth and discard solids. Return liquid to the crock, add raisins, cover loosely and let stand for 3 days. Strain through cheesecloth. Return liquid to crock and allow to ferment, about one more week. Strain once more and bottle. Store in a cool place like a basement for 3 to 4 months before drinking.


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