Recipes - Nettle Beer

 

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Before the introduction of using hops, most beers were made using nettles to flavour the brew. This beer is best drunk young and is ready in a few weeks. Use young nettles and only the top part of the plant. As with all hedgerow brew avoid picking near to roads or where dogs are likely to have passed by (for obvious reasons).

 

Equipment:

Brewing Bin + Lid

Syphon

Steriliser

You will also need a large pan (big enough to boil 6 litres of water).

Strainer.

Bottles

 

Ingredients:

To Make 8 Pints:

A small carrier bag of nettle tops (washed)

450g of Caster sugar

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 Orange

25g Cream of Tartar

Packet of yeast

Approx 4.5 Litres of bottled water.

You can multiply these ingredients if you want to make a larger batch.

 

Instructions

 
Sanitise and rinse all equipment.

1. Bring the water to the boil.

2. Add the nettles and leave to infuse for about an hour

3. Strain through the sieve.

4. Dissolve the sugar and add the juice and cream of tartar.

5. When cooled to tepid, add the yeast and stir.

6. Cover with a tea towel and Leave to ferment in a warm place for 3 days.

7. Syphon into sterilised bottles and seal. If using glass capped bottles, handle with care as there is a small chance they could explode. Alternatively use PET or strong glass (ideally recycled champagne bottles) with corks/cages to minimise risk.

Ready to drink within a week. Serve chilled.

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