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Nettle Beer

16 Apr

Nettle beer

  • Servings: 2 gallons
  • Time: one week
  • Difficulty: painful
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Ingredients
* a whole lot of nettle tips (about 0.8-1kg)
* up to 2 gallons boiling water
* 600 g golden caster sugar
* 1 lemon
* brewer’s yeast
Nettle beer

20 bottles of nettle beer for bottle conditioning

I need to emphasize how experimental this recipe is, as it hasn’t yet been tested and won’t be until the weekend. Then I’ll be able to give a better idea of what it produces, whether it’s drinkable, and whether it’s worth doing. Until then a few notes:

  • gloves are vital, long gloves, sturdy trousers, preferably armour if you can get it
  • unlike harvesting dandelions, getting enough nettles takes a long time
  • the nettles can be frozen quite happily

I think that covers the important points. Now for the recipe itself. All we did was gather the nettles, bring them home and rinse them quickly (cursing a little at stings), then throw them in boiling water. Added the sugar, juice of one lemon (and the two lemon halves as well) and allowed to simmer for about half an hour. After that the whole mess was poured into our 2 gallon must bucket and allowed to cool overnight.

The next day we skimmed out the nettles and lemon halves (giving a good squeeze to get the liquid out) and a little sugar and yeast was combined with water to activate it, then poured in. Again it was left overnight (this is the experimental bit – normally I’d bottle straight away but since I’m trying to avoid explosions, and have the bottles last for a few days outside refrigeration, I’m trying to let most of the fermentation get out of the way before bottling, in the hopes that the next couple of days won’t cause enough pressure to build up for detonation but will allow enough for a nice fizz).

I will say that the result does look quite good at least, a nice clear golden colour with a touch of green to it. Whether it lives up to my hopes or not I’ll be able to report back on Tuesday.

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Beer, Experimental, Foraging, Nettles, Recipe

 

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3 responses to “Nettle Beer

  1. Jacob Whittaker

    May 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Any news on how this brew turned out yet?

     
    • Old Boar

      May 9, 2014 at 6:24 am

      It was needed for an event, and unfortunately timing was a little off so it wasn’t fully pressurised in time. However that didn’t stop people from drinking it all very quickly.

      The actual taste was very light and refreshing, and quite sweet. Very easy to drink, with no real taste of alcohol (we reckoned on about two or three percent).

       
      • Jacob Whittaker

        May 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

        Sounds good, Im giving it a go…very similar recipe though im adding ginger as i read that in one of my old recipe books!

         

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