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Matt F
03/05/11 12:45 PM  
A few years back at BCTC I tasted an excellent Dandelion Saison (I think it was brewed by Shuan Hill from The Shed at the time). Anyway, I'd like to try doing something similar. I'm having trouble finding information on using dandelions in brewing. Primarily I'm curious about the best way to source them. Should they be ordered dry from a spice merchant? Can I literally walk into my backyard this summer and just start grabbing handfuls? (Sounds like a bad idea).

If anyone has tried this please let me know if its worth a shot. Thanks.

03/05/11 01:56 PM  
Re: Dandelions
You most certainly can use them from your own yard or someone elses IF... the source is not sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizers! If you can find them growing somewhere where you are certain there is no chemical interference pick away. You can use the flowers, leaves and roots. Each has different characteristics. Roots and leaves have more of a bittering effect if I recall correctly. Flowers are what are used for dandelion wines. "Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers" is a good reference to consult.

I was hoping at my last residence to harvest some dandelions one year for a brew as they had been always prevalent in the past (I have a pretty "natural" lawn care routine ;) ) then the year I wanted them I had NONE! A sure way to get rid of a weed is to actually want it to grow!

03/05/11 08:01 PM  
Re: Dandelions
Upland brewery does a dandelion lambic that's decent as well. I got to try some at the Great Lakes Beer Festival in Racine last fall.
04/24/11 12:34 PM  
Re: Dandelions
Fantome does a dandelion saison as well. Pissenlet, I think? I know they use the flowers. There are a number of other beers out there that use the greens.

I picked my yard clean of flowers this spring with the intent of making something... I just haven't gotten around to deciding what yet.

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