Brew A Nettle Beer

Maybe you have lots of stinging nettle and don’t know what to do with it.  What about making beer? I haven’t tried it, but If you make it let me know what it tastes like!

11 cups young nettle leaves

11 cups water

1 ¼ cups sugar

4 tsp cream of tartar

5 mint leaves

2 lemons

30g sliced fresh ginger

2 tsp orange rind, grated

20g fresh yeast

Boil the nettles in the water for 15 minutes.

Chop the lemon with the rind, crush the mint leaves and combine with the sugar, cream of tartar, ginger and orange rind.

Strain the nettles and pour the water over the lemon mixture.

Cool it to 37 C and then add the yeast.  Stand in a warm place for 24 hours and then skim, strain and pour into screw top bottles. Leave to stand for 2-3 days before using.

Taken from Herbs & Spices for all Seasoning – Anne Machanik

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