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How to make dandelion wine
Dandelion wine making is an important part of the home-brewer's calendar, and it's a wonderful drink. Although the flowers can make an appearance at any time of the year, 99% of them bloom in a flamboyant spring flush which runs from the end of March ...

Now is the time to try dandelions
Dandelions can be eaten raw in salads or sautéed or steamed. The roots can be dried and ground and used as a coffee substitute. There are recipes out there for salted and cured dandelion leaves, dandelion jam and, of course, dandelion wine.

A Conversation with Southern Novelist Michael Potts
Ray Bradbury was another major influence, especially his book, “Dandelion Wine,” which captures the deep nostalgia of an idyllic childhood. My other major influence was Ernest Hemingway's writing. His short sentences get to the point quickly, ...

Lisa's Laws: Savor the sugar rush (Cadbury Egg) or get wired right now (Peeps)
The Peeps person has decided that she will mow the lawn a bit less this year, having come across Internet directions for homemade dandelion wine. --The Cadbury Egg person considers herself an artist at heart, and like Monet, she finds the spring to be ...

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Magaretwpjhc RT @GatsbyNouvel: @JoeMantegna That IS seriously cool Dandelion Wine has been one of my favorite novels since college Im a little jealous

algerdublorelei RT @jaxies: The 10 Ive not tasted are: crickets dandelion wine frito pie fugu moon pie nettle tea phaal pineapple cottage cheese

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ChristinaNowak1 But "Dandelion Wine" is still the overall winner in every category. If you want to be happy forever, read Dandelion Wine

Bradreah2 @juliekoh Try some DANDELION WINE well it's a great RAY BRADBURY story brings all the joy of summer.

faithlessphil @foodlovesmarian Dandelion Wine and Nettle Tea. That's it.

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GatsbyNouvel @JoeMantegna That IS seriously cool. Dandelion Wine has been one of my favorite novels since college. I'm a little jealous.

tgjer Dandelions have steeped for 2 days; adding sugar, orange peel & yeast tonight, for future dandelion wine! http://t.co/15jR72rz

jaxies The 10 I've not tasted are: crickets, dandelion wine, frito pie (?!), fugu, moon pie (?!), nettle tea, phaal, pineapple & cottage cheese...

katrwauln First taste of last year's black and blueberry dandelion wine, and it is fantastic! Yay!

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How is dandelion wine made? by Chelsea K Q:

A: The following is very similar to what my grandmother used to make. Good stuff! * 3 qts dandelion flowers * 1 lb white raisins * 1 gallon water * 3 lbs granulated sugar * 2 lemons * 1 orange * yeast and nutrient Pick the flowers just before starting, so they're fresh. You do not need to pick the petals off the flower heads, but the heads should be trimmed of any stalk. Put the flowers in a large bowl. Set aside 1 pint of water and bring the remainder to a boil. Pour the boiling water over the dandelion flowers and cover tightly with cloth or plastic wrap. Leave for two days, stirring twice daily. Do not exceed this time. Pour flowers and water in large pot and bring to a low boil. Add the sugar and the peels (peel thinly and avoid any of the white pith) of the lemons and orange. Boil for one hour, then pour into a crock or plastic pail. Add the juice and pulp of the lemons and orange. Allow to stand until cool (70-75 degrees F.). Add yeast and yeast nutrient, cover, and put in a warm place for three days. Strain and pour into a secondary fermentation vessel (bottle or jug). Add the raisins and fit a fermentation trap to the vessel. Leave until fermentation ceases completely, then rack and add the reserved pint of water and whatever else is required to top up. Refit the airlock and set aside until clear. Rack and bottle. This wine must age six months in the bottle before tasting, but will improve remarkably if allowed a year.

has anyone ever tasted dandelion wine? by ♥CHEERLEADER!♥ Q: if you have... how did it taste? lol

A: No but there was a book by Ray Bradbury with that as the title. Very good story...I wonder if it's really made?

what are some songs that describe characters and/or situations from Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine? by Told You So Q:

A: There's a song by Ron Sexsmith called "Dandelion Wine". Not sure if it has to do with Bradbury's book, as I've never read it. But it's a good song nonetheless, and may be of some use to you.

Do you like dandelion wine? by sally_dood Q: I started making some a few days ago. Just wondering if anyone has ever had it before and if they like it. I have never tried it and won't be able to for months (until mine is done).. beet wine? never heard of that. sounds very interesting. l8A: thx! :) bluebutt: yes i did. got them from the field next to my house. picked 16 cups of dandelion heads. jpie: you can use the whole dandelion head you don't have to de-petal.

A: I've never had it, but my friend's dad made it with his dad when he was a kid. We're collecting dandelions right now, actually, to make up a batch. We'll be "brewing" in a week or two, but obviously it won't be ready for a while after that. Supposedly it's quite delicious - I can see how it would be - lots of nice earthy, citrusy flavors with a hint of bitterness. Only problem is de-petaling the flowers... my hands looked like Big Bird the other day. Cheers

dandelion wine yeast specifics? by Q: so i'm going to make some dandelion wine. the field by my house has like... BIJILLIONS of dandelions about to bloom. anyway, i've found some helpful recipes, except what kind of yeast am i supposed to use? it says "dry active yeast" which makes me think of the stuff they sell in the grocery store that's used in breads and whatnot. ...can that be the same stuff? i know dandelion wine is an old-as-dirt hobby, so any help is appreciated. also... can i use the same for strawberry wine if i wanted to make that too?

A: You can select any wine yeast to do this for you. I find it odd that the recipes do not offer a "kind of yeast" to use. This man will be able to help you along. http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelio.asp The street word "BIJILLIONS" for a number of a mega-magnitude is now a standard dictinary entry.

where can i buy dandelion wine? by bal10ons3 Q:

A: Have you ever consider making your own? Here are recipes: http://www.culinarycafe.com/Drinks/Dandelion_Wine.html Searched for dandelion wine : Found 10 recipes here: http://fooddownunder.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=dandelion+wine

Dandelion wine help!!!? by CullenLuver Q: in the novel dandelion wine by ray bradbury what are three suggestions ray bradbury makes about human nature in dandelion wine? thanks.....?

Dandelion Wine. Question for english. Help! PLEASE!? by Emily Q: Using the book Dandelion Wine, I have to answer this question.. and i need some help: List eight uses of music. Explain Bradbury's (the authors) point in using that motif.

A: Here is a free study guide for Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury http://thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Dandelion_Wine/Dandelion_Wine01.html

What's dandelion wine like? by Q: So, I just prepared a batch of dandelion wine, it's fermenting in my basement at the moment. Did any of you ever have dandelion wine, what did it taste like?

where can i find dandelion wine ( the audiobook) by bradbury to download? by Mariah Q:

A: You can buy a copy on Amazon. It would not be legal to get a free one because that would cheat Ray Bradbury.

in the book dandelion wine??? by Emily Q: In the book dandelion wine, what are some instances when bradbury the author uses a motif or some kind of symbolisom with color? here is what i have so far: 1. the green machine 2. the golden dandelions & the dandelion wine 3. the happiness machine which is orange and i need 8 PLEASE HELP!

A: Green Town. picking fox grapes. Does invisible ink count as a color? Or lack of color? Pax - C

What is a good thesis statement for Dandelion Wine?? Please help? by Serena Q: How could I start the thesis off as? Would it be interesting to use symbolism, imagery, loss of innocence...? What exactly and how should I word it??? Please help me?? Thanks in advance and have an excellent day. =)

A: Go for imagery. You want to grab the readers attention and that is most effectively done by imagery.

i am making dandelion wine when is it ready? by Q: i started 2 weeks ago, and at first the balloons on the bottles were filling up with the gases. however 1 of the bottles is deflated now, does that mean it is ready, or is that bottle no good. i have 4 others that still have the balloons filled with gas. let me know, i want to drink it, but not if it ain't safe

A: Give it a try it wont kill you! Its done fermenting or your balloon is a leaker.

when making dandelion wine do i have to take the green off from each top or just pull out the yellow? by loonscrew Q:

A: take the green off, its bitter and spoils the wine.

How do u make dandelion wine? by Suzie Q Q: Help!!!!

A: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelion.asp http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Dandelion-Wine http://www.wineintro.com/making/batches/dandelion/

Does anyone have a good recipe for dandelion wine? by Tanner D Q:

A: Tons of sugar and fruit and dandelion petals...I love dandelion greens because they are so bitter. Imagine the sugar you need!!! This alone will give you severe diabetes...better to drink a $2 buck chuck from Trader Joe's and read the Ray Bradbury novel with that title.

What does Dandelion Wine represent? by The Stereotype Q: In the Novel Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, what does dandelion wine represent? Plz don't gimme the sparknotes answer

A: I don't know about the Bradbury novel, but Dandelion Wine was the staple of the poor people during the Great Depression, (it could be made for free by just gathering the dandelions and putting it in a jar with some bread coated with jam) so to ME... Dandelion wine represents a time of great poverty and unrest in AmeriKa... My Grandmother still made Dandelion wine until the day she went to the nursing home... Elderberry wine too, because they grew wild on our property.

How strong is dandelion wine? by Our Mutual Friend Q:

A: A whopping 0% alcohol.

how does the book Dandelion Wine end? by ♥ Xite ♥ Q:

A: CHAPTER SUMMARIES WITH NOTES Chapter Thirty-Eight Last chapter summary below http://thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Dandelion_Wine/Dandelion_Wine19.html EXCERPT: Grandpa decides that a limit has been reached, collects money from all the boarders, and uses Douglas as a decoy to distract Aunt Rose. When she returns, she finds her bags packed and on the porch; the boarders watch as Grandpa wishes her goodbye. Grandma returns home and tries to cook a new meal, but again it fails; she is distraught at having lost her abilities. Late that night, Douglas restores chaos to the now-orderly kitchen, hiding the new eyeglasses and burning the cookbook. Grandma investigates the clamor but Douglas hides from her; at one-thirty in the morning Grandma cooks another meal, this time with the same wonderful smells and tastes. Everyone gathers for a rich meal in the wee early of the mornings, and Grandpa offers Grandma a book of Shakespeare to prepare for the next meal. Douglas goes to sleep knowing he has thanked Mr. Jonas properly, and dreams of breakfast. HOME PAGE/ALL CHAPTERS http://thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Dandelion_Wine/Dandelion_Wine01.html

what is the genre of Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ? by rudy Q:

A: Ray Bradbury is a science fiction writer. He wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the library of the University of California at Los Angeles on typewriters that you had to put a dime into to get a half-hour of typing time. Sort of like a laundromat except that the machines were typewriters.

how do you make dandelion wine? by Blondie Q: i would really like to try this, anyone have a good recipe?

A: soak dandelion in some white wine & viola dandelion wine.

does anyone know any good quotes about death from dandelion wine by ray bradbury? by Q:

A: Censorship: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Head vs. Heart: “If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: ‘It’s gonna go wrong.’ Or ‘She’s going to hurt me.’ ‘Or, ‘I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore…’ Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” Philosophy: “From now on I hope always to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in the future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Politics: “I think we have a chance to do something about education… It doesn’t matter who does it—Democrats or Republicans—but it’s long overdue.” Problem Solving: “You feed yourself. Make sure you have all the information, whether it’s aesthetic, scientific, mathematical, I don’t care what it is. Then you walk away from it and let it ferment. You ignore it and pretend you don’t care. Next thing you know, the answer comes.” Science Fiction: “Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.” “Science fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.” Writing: “All that stuff that’s collected up in my head—poetry and mythology and comic strips and science fiction magazines—comes out in my stories. So you get to a certain age and you’re like a pomegranate, you just burst. And the ideas spill out.” “And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.” “So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.”

major help- someone who owns dandelion wine (book)? by Mari :) Q: ok i have a project due tomorrow but I don't have my copy of Dandelion WIne at home with me and im not good at internet searches- i cant find anything! anyways would someone do me a major favor and somehow find me as many quotes about trains or that mention them from the book? maybe something like sparknotes.... its a project on the train motif. please help!!

A: Here are some important quotes from the book: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/dandelion/quotes.html

Question regarding Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury? by heinzketchup3 Q: Is the main character Douglas a teenager? and does he show any rebelliousness throughout the novel? I have to do a project on teen rebellion in different books and i need some titles! thanks!

A: Douglas is twelve Douglas Douglas is the most important character in Dandelion Wine. The novel is the story of his summer. Douglas is a twelve-year-old boy who faces many challenges and changes over the course of the season. He loves the magic of summer and early on he realizes that he has become conscious for the first time of being alive. Douglas feels tremendous joy and appreciation for all of life. However, this realization of what it means to be alive carries with it a dark side: Douglas also must come face to face with the concept of death. The battle in the book is his attempt to come to terms with life. Douglas is inquisitive and pensive, and although he does not understand the process of growing up, he quickly begins to see links between the events of the summer. Douglas thinks things through and draws conclusions based upon what he knows. However, he is also willing to revise his conclusions when events disprove them. He reasons out his own mortality based upon his observations that nothing lasts forever—neither machines nor people can outlast time. Despite the cold nature of this rationalization, Douglas is still very much a kid, and he wants to believe in things like magic, the Lonely One, and witches. Because of his urge to believe in the fantastical, Douglas is unwilling to admit that he has to die. The realism of death threatens to take away his belief in magic. At the end of the book Douglas is able to reconcile his love for life with an understanding of death. He sees that the magic is everywhere, which the magic is living itself. Although the events of Douglas's summer seem far from ordinary, the changes that he goes through are ones that everyone must face. Douglas's story is that of every child, for at some point we all stumble upon the certain truth that we are mortal. The time and circumstances of that discovery are not as important as the result. Douglas does not simply decide that life is worth living. He comes to the conclusion that life is magical. Douglas may be Bradbury's ideal response to the dilemma of mortality. In the end, although he is more mature in many ways, Douglas still retains the happiness of a child, a happiness that life itself inspires.

In the book Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, What is the green machine? by CB. Q:

A: The electric car that belongs to Miss Fern and Miss Roberta; they think they've run over and killed Quartermain with their Green Machine.

Do you know of any book notes websites for Dandelion Wine? by Serena Q: Its by Ray Bradbury. I already know about the sparknotes one, but do you know of any others..If you could tell them to me that would be great..thanks in advance =-)

A: http://www.bookrags.com/Dandelion_Wine This might help ya.

Books that are similar to Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury? by kristen_a Q: I loved that book. I realize it's more a children-becoming-teenager's book but i fell in love with the story. It is about life as seen through a 12 year old boy's eyes(the book is written in an original style). I've also read the sequel Farewell Summer. Any suggestions?

A: What to Read Next Enter a book you like and the site will analyse the database of real readers' favourite books (over 47,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next. http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ http://cyfair.lonestar.edu/59090/ http://www.allconsuming.net/ Free e-books. http://2020ok.com/ http://www.loudlit.org/ ***** http://books.google.com/ http://www.truly-free.org/ http://www.ebooklobby.com/

Can someone tell me how to make dandelion wine, how to use the leaves to make tea, and what to do with roots? by Lady S Q: I would appreciate some recipes. Thanks!

A: Dandelion Wine: Four good quarts of dandelion blossoms, four pounds of sugar, six oranges, five lemons. Wash dandelion blossoms and place them in an earthenware crock. Pour five quarts of boiling water over them and let stand 36 hours. Then strain through a muslin bag, squeezing out all moisture from dandelions. Put the strained juice in a deep stone crock or jug and add to it the grated rind and juice of the six oranges and five lemons. Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment. Then stand away from stove in an outer kitchen or cooler place, not in the cellar, for three months. At the end of three months put in bottles. This is a clear, amber, almost colorless liquid. A pleasant drink of medicinal value. Dandelion tea: Ingredients: 6 dandelion leaves boiling water 1 teaspoon honey (optional) Method: Remove the leaves from the stems and tear them into strips. Place in the bottom of a mug, pour on enough boiling water to fill the mug and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink. For a sweeter brew, add 1 teaspoon of honey. Good luck! We learned about this in my Environmental Science class....we even made some. It was actually pretty good...

Where Can I buy Dandelion or Honey Wine in Texas? by Esmeralda Q: Where Can I buy Dandelion or Honey Wine in Texas?

A: If you've got the time, mead (honeywine) is really easy to make.

Compare/Contrast Dandelion Wine and the Martian Chronicles? by asdfjkl; Q: Can you please tell me the differences and similarities (the plot, themes, characters, etc.) between the two novels by Ray Bradbury? It'd be great if you added a lot of details too. Thanks!

A: Tell you what - go read the books, do your assignment, then ask us if you left anything significant out.

I need a good recipie for Dandelion Wine!? by LovedbyTwo Q: I would like to make homemade Dandelion Wine, and I'm not exactly sure how. Do I use the flowers, or just the greens? Do I add Yeast like raisin wine? Do I need to add sugar? Please, only serious answers from people who have a legit recipie or have done it before. Thanks!!!

A: Pick and use the flowers only. Here is Jack Keller's recipe with full instructions, expanation and comments that answer all your questions - http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/texdande.asp Jack has the web's leading resource site on home winemaking - it is worth taking time to have a look at the rest of his site and also to read his instructions on basic winemaking.

Do you know of any themes in Dandelion Wine? by Madeline the Bard Q: I'm doing a project about it. So do you know of any important themes and also if you have read this book, what did you think was interesting, what did you learn from it, and would you recommend it to others? Also what could be a short, condensed version of a short summary of what the overall novel is about. I've already tried sparknotes and monkeynotes. please help. thanks in advance.

A: It is about tension and how the human mind acts in times of stress. When the woman enters her house the reader believes she is safe, but discovers the fact she is not alone. This makes the reader question what makes us safe?

dandelion wine...does it really exist? How you make it? by Bones Q: there isn't any sugar in a flower is there?so what do you ferment to make it?

A: I'm not sure how you make it other then the fact that you use dandelions,but it does exist I have drank it before. It's really good. I would assume you need lots of sugar to make it sweet. Try to google dandelion wine recipes

How do I make Dandelion wine? by Q: Is it even good? I want to try it and make it a spring tradition

A: It's is good if done right. I wish I could find the recipe. My aunt made it one year, and it was good. It was also a lot of work. I know that we had to gather 5 gallons of dandelion petals, no green stuff.

How does dandelion wine make you feel? by Q: I've heard that it has a different affect than other alcohols such as giving you a euphoric high or buzz and if enough is consumed, it could even produce hallucinations???

A: It makes me feel the same as if I'd drunk an equal amount of stout or a couple quick shots of Irish whiskey. I've drunk enough of it on two occasions to get thoroughly blasted, but never had an hallucination, nor have the dozen people I've known who also drank themselves stupid on dandelion wine.

Anyone ever had dandelion wine? by SeVen . Q: whats dandelion wine like?

A: Yes, and I would liken it drinking gasoline. Seriously, I've never had moon shine but I would guess it's very similar to that. It's very strong and doesn't have much of a taste except for the fact that you know it's got a high alcohol content. I had it after my high school graduation and I have to tell you, if I never have it again - that'll be just fine.

where can i buy dandelion wine online? by Mark B Q: were cani buy dandelion wine online, and have it shipped to indiana. I found one place but for some dumb reason they don't ship to my state. go figure. p.s. dandelion wine is not a brand name, it is actually made with dandelions....that weedy flower that spreads like crazy.

A: Try wine.com If they don't ship to your state then most likely no site will. I ran into this problem a while back. It has to do with your state laws

What is some artwork that supports one or more themes in Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury? by supergirl Q: The question explains most of it. Questions welcome. Well this is basically my assignment: "Find three pieces of artwork, each of which should correspond with one of the several themes you found in the novel."

What importance does dandelion wine play in the book Dandelion Wine? by rexx Q:

A: It's symbolic of life, the summer and the joy of being alive: "In the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois, 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding realizes he is alive - that is, he becomes self-aware in a manner he had never been before, and is exhilarated by the new richness it gives everyday experiences, especially at the start of summer: the harvest of fox grapes, the making of dandelion wine, the purchase of new sneakers, the setting up of the porch swing." or, maybe even better: "The title refers to a wine made with dandelion petals and other ingredients, commonly citrus fruit. In the story, dandelion wine, as made by the protagonist's grandfather, serves as a metaphor for packing all of the joys of summer into a single bottle."

What is unusual about the format in the book Dandelion Wine ? by Q: Please answer as soon as possible.

A: It's a great book. What's different about it is that many of the chapters can be read as small stories with their own little problems and characters. The whole book is about a boy's life growing up in small town Illinois in the 50's over the period of one summer.

What is the alchohol content of dandelion wine? by kyuuketsuki25 Q: You know, the kind you make at home out of like, a quart of dandilions, and 3 lbs of sugar? what is a seving of that and what is the alchohol per volume?

A: It really depends on the volume that you are making. I usually make 5 or 6 gallon batches of whatever I am brewing, and if I were to make a 5 gallon batch with 3 lbs of sugar, it would only be about 2% aalcohol, + or -. So I would assume you are working at a smaller batch to have a higher alcohol con tenet? Give me a few more details and I'll try to give you a better answer.

My dandelion wine tastes like a mixture of sugar and rubbing alcohol? by Em Q: If I continue to let it mature, will it get better? If not, what went wrong?

A: It might. What can you lose? As it is, it turned out better than my attempt. I must have included some of the green parts, because it was mouth-puckeringly bad. I tossed it. BTW, how do you know what rubbing alcohol tastes like? Spent some time on Skid Row, did you?

When does the book "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury start to pick up the tempo and get interesting? by Q: I have to read this book for summer work and do a project on it... I tried reading the first couple chapters but it is so boring!!! So i am going to read chapter summaries for the beginning of the book and start reading where it get interesting. So can anyone tell me what chapter the book starts getting good in?

A: Been a while since I read that particular book, but I remember really enjoying the chapter with Lavinia Nebbs and the murderer, The Lonely One. Very suspenseful. Also, I really recommend that you really work to appreciate the quality of the writing as you read. Bradbury wrote some really amazing sentences in that book. I still remember ..."she was cool as mint ice cream..." what a great simile!

What is a good thesis statement for Dandelion Wine? (I'm writing a research paper about it) Help please? by Madeline the Bard Q: Ok, see the thing is I'm supposed to be analyzing Dandelion Wine. What do you think I should pinpoint my essay on, like should my topic be about symbolism, irony, imagery..what is one that stands out the most in Dandelion Wine.Which could I talk about the most? Like what exactly? Please help me...Thanks in advance and have a fabulous day..

A: I would pick imagery. Isn't the whole book revolving around the end of innocence? I'd focus largely on that.

I'm writing an essay about the book Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury and I'm stuck. Help? by Q: Okay, so here is the question that I have to answer in my five paragraph essay: Could a novel such as Dandelion Wine be written in 21st century America? How would it be the same, how would it be different? I already answered how it would be the same in the first body paragraph and how it would be different in the second body paragraph. I just don't know what to write about in the 3rd body paragraph. Any ideas? (This essay is due on Monday, so the sooner I finish this essay, the better!)

A: Ah, I love Dandelion WIne! Well, the book has an "old-timey" feel to it all. For it to be written in modern terms, I would think that the theme of carpe diem would need to be emphasized and kept same. I think Bradbury would need though to modernize the way he portrays it- instead of wine and using elders to convey his point, he would probably use young adults who suffered tragedies and learned life lessons more early to relate to modern readers, and use the symbol of a simplistic toy of sorts, like a paper airplane or something.

Why is the title of the book "Dandelion Wine" appropriate? by Q: ????????????? Why is the title of the book "Dandelion Wine" appropriate?

A: Because dandelion wine is made from a plant that can only be harvested in summer and the book itself is an elegiac ode to the author's childhood days of summer.

Swing top bottles okay for mead and dandelion wine? by Q: Making mead and dandelion wine this spring and im wondering if swing top bottles will be okay to use for long term storeing? I dont really have the founds at the moment for a proper bottling device. Any advice or ideas would be very much welcome.

A: I agree with another answer that wine should be stored in a wine bottle. To expand on that, punted wine bottles (that's an upper depression at the bottom of the bottle), should be used for sparkling Wines and Meads. Swing-top bottles are great for Mead that has been filtered or pasteurized. They were meant for Beer because beer yeast has a low alcohol tolerance level and will expected to become exhausted below 10% Alcohol by Volume.

Does anyone possibly know where I could find dandelion blossoms for making wine in the middle of January? by Linnea F Q: I have been searching the internet trying to find someone who is selling fresh or frozen dandelion blossoms. An odd request, right? Well, I'm getting married in the summer and, as a child, I always remembered picking dandelions for my Dad to make Dandelion Wine. But by the time I was able to request for him to make it for the wedding, it was too late in the year. I have been searching for months now and with no luck. If you have any information or recommendations for me it would be absolutely appreciated. The wedding is in July, so I only have a month or so to track some down. Thank you so much for your time. Please contact me at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you soon!

A: First, congratulations on your wedding, and what a lovely idea to have your dad make his dandelion wine for the celebration. I'm a bit doubtful about being able to find fresh or frozen dandelion blossoms in stores. I think you'd be better off growing your own, as you will need a lot (the recipes I found call for 2 to 3 quarts of blossoms.) http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelion.asp Here is a company that sells the seed. You could dedicate a corner of your yard to growing them, and have the blossoms within about 3 weeks of sowing the seed. http://seedrack.com/10.html The recipes say to keep the wine for 6 months before drinking, so you'd have to hurry in order to have it ready for your wedding. I think it's a lovely idea though!

Dandelion Wine? by all work and no play Q: For those who have read this book, I was looking for some feedback on it. I was initially disappointed that there didn't seem to be much of a "plot" in the first set of chapters. I just finished Something Wicked and by comparison, it was almost polar opposite -- from dark wicked carnivals to calm, warm summer afternoons mowing the lawn etc etc. It seems to be somewhat sporadic, each chapter having its own mini-story, mini-message, about growing up (a common theme of Bradbury's, aging, growing old, time, childhood, etc.). So, what do you think? Is it as good, after reading all of it, as Bradbury's other books/shorts? Is it meant to be an enthralling thematic rollercoaster of a plot or just more of a commentary on Bradbury's childhood? I'm confused, slightly bored (sorry R.B., you know I love you), and a little offput. I love little things about this book but overall, by page 100, I'm just kind of waiting for the plot to kick in. Help? Suggestions? Comments? Thanks. Thanks, all of you. Shakespeare, I'm glad you liked it. I thought I read something about it being about "time travel" as if the wine allowed Doug and Tom to travel through time. Though, I suppose that's the point: that's exactly what happens. I think I'm warming up to it, I just maybe shouldn't have based my expectations on his other works.

A: It's my personal favorite of Bradbury's books, an evocative celebration of childhood. It's not intended to have a "plot" other than life itself. There is development, of course, rendered in a series of epiphanies rather than dramatic events. It gives the impression that it is the quieter, apparently less significant experiences in one's childhood that truly make us the unique individuals we are. Many people are disappointed by it because they've just read his sci-fi works and are expecting more of the same.

dandelion wine? by Crystal L ™ Q: My friend's mom had a recipe for this wine, and I had it, but lost it. She died, and didn't give the recipe to any of her kids. Does anyone know where I can find it?

A: "Four good quarts of dandelion blossoms, four pounds of sugar, six oranges, five lemons. Wash dandelion blossoms and place them in an earthenware crock. Pour five quarts of boiling water over them and let stand 36 hours. Then strain through a muslin bag, squeezing out all moisture from dandelions. Put the strained juice in a deep stone crock or jug and add to it the grated rind and juice of the six oranges and five lemons. Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment. Then stand away from stove in an outer kitchen or cooler place, not in the cellar, for three months. At the end of three months put in bottles. This is a clear, amber, almost colorless liquid. A pleasant drink of medicinal value. Aunt Sarah always used this recipe for making dandelion wine, but Mary preferred a recipe in which yeast was used, as the wine could be used a short time after making." For dandelion wine made with yeast: "Four quarts of dandelion blossoms. Pour over them four quarts of boiling water; let stand 24 hours, strain and add grated rind and juice of two oranges and two lemons, four pounds of granulated sugar and two tablespoonfuls of home-made yeast. Let stand one week, then strain and fill bottles." Source: "Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled During Her Visit Among the "Pennsylvania Germans," by Edith M. Thomas, 1915. Disclaimer: if you make dandelion wine using either of these recipes, you do so at your own risk.

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