Nettle Beer

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Beers made from plants or herbs were once common in Britain before hops was introduced. Nettles in particular were a popular ingredient. Pick only the tops, and do so before they flower as older nettles are bitter and somewhat poisonous... and don't forget to wear gloves


  • 1 Kg young nettle tips
  • 450g malt extract
  • 4 lt of water
  • Brewers yeast

Making Nettle Beer

  1. Put the nettles into a large pan with the water and bring to the boil, and simmer for 15 mins.
  2. Pour the malt extract into a fermenting bin, and the strain the nettle water onto this and stir until dissolved.
  3. Cover and leave to cool, and then add the yeast.
  4. Keep covered and stir daily for a week, then siphon into a fermenting jar and seal with an airlock.
  5. Leave the beer for another week until fairly clear then siphon into clean sterilised beer or pop bottles leaving a space of about 1 inch at the top of each bottle.
  6. Add 1/4 tsp sugar to each bottle then seal.
  7. Leave in a warm place for a week or so, then store in a cool place for another 3-4 weeks before drinking.


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