Nettle Beer Recipe

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 Updated 20/06/2017

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A traditional beer that is well worth trying. Use only young nettles and use thick gardening gloves when picking them to avoid stings!


  • 2lb young nettle tops, washed thoroughly
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • small piece of toastspan
  • enough fresh yeast to spread on the toast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Boil the nettle tops in the water for half an hour.
  2. Strain and add sugar, stirring to dissolve.
  3. Also stir in the ginger. Pour mixture into a sterile container.
  4. Spread the yeast onto the toast and float on the surface of the nettle liquid.
  5. Cover and leave for 3 days.
  6. Strain again and put into clean, strong screw top beer bottles.
  7. This can be drunk after 48 hours.

Prep Time: 3 days

Cook Time: 30

Yield: 1 gallon


how long can the bottles be stored for
#3 - wayne - 11/25/2011 - 01:17
nettle tops mean the top two or three bracts, the smallest 4-6 nettles at the top. The larger leaves are more bitter.

Is it an american or english gallon?
#2 - croesoswallt - 05/15/2010 - 07:49
what do you mean by nettle top? IS it just the top of the nettle?
#1 - marklamb95 - 05/12/2010 - 12:49
nettel beer ok boiled for half hour when fermenting add fruit oranges ok
#0 - we baker - 12/31/2007 - 20:05
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