Beverage Recipes > Nettle Beer

How to make nettle beer:
A traditional beer that is well worth trying. Use only young nettles and use thick gardening gloves when picking them to avoid stings! Remember to shake off any bugs etc. before using the leaves.


2lb young nettle tops, washed thoroughly
1 gallon of water
1 cup of sugar
small piece of toast
enough fresh yeast to spread on the toast
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
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- Boil the nettle tops in the water for half an hour.
- Strain and add sugar, stirring to dissolve.
- Also stir in the ginger. Pour mixture into a sterile container.
- Spread the yeast onto the toast and float on the surface of the nettle liquid.
- Cover and leave for 3 days.
- Strain again and put into clean, strong screw top beer bottles.
- This can be drunk after 48 hours.