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Dar V
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Thank you. You've hit it on the nail. I appreciate your input and
experience. As I told Ray, I would never give her a bottle of Dandelion
wine, whatever I thought either way. My wines usually clear very nicely on
their own and I don't have to filter them. I'll admit to having a problem
with a few of them over the past few years, but this Dandelion batch wasn't
one of them. I checked my records, this wine was racked 3 times and very,
very clear when bottled. So clear that I would give it as a gift. I'm sure
I'll have other get-togethers, so it is interesting to hear your thoughts in
case the question arises again. I don't know what to think. But I'm not
going to get too worried about it, other than I won't offer her that wine
again, and I'll have something else for her.
I hope your brother gets out of the doghouse. My hubby has always
thought his sister's allergy to dogs was "not quite real", but he never put
it too the test. lol
I doubt my friend has ever had mead; drinking my homemade wine is a walk
on the wild side for her.
Thanks again,

"Jack Keller" > wrote in message
> Darlene, there are at least three possibilities. (1) Dandelion pollen
> got into the wine and she had a reaction to it. I have never, ever
> heard of an allergy to dandelions or their pollen, but admit it is
> possible. (2) She had a reaction to something else in the environment
> and the dandelion took the rap. (3) She knew it was dandelion wine
> and had a hypochondrical reaction. One of my sister-in-laws had a
> similar reaction to a crabapple wine after my brother told her it was
> white clover wine. He was trying to prove to her that many of her
> so-called "allergy attacks" were self-induced. He proved his point,
> but she is unforgiving to a fault and he has been living in the dog
> house ever since. Moral of this story: do not make a fool of your
> spouse if you do not want to live with a fool.
> I honestly have difficulty believing your friend's reaction had
> anything to do with the dandelions, but I have been wrong before.
> How does she react to mead? There is potentially far more pollen in
> mead than dandelion wine, but there should be none in either if the
> wine was racked a few times and brilliantly clear when bottled.
> Jack Keller, The Winemaking Home Page