drinking the hedgerow – Nettle beer


This is the perfect time of year to get hedgerow brews on the go. The young fresh tips of the nettles are at there prime round here at the moment and with may celebrations on the way it was time to get the brew bucket out. It’s also a great way to get the first free food of our new home.

The recipe is dead simple

4 carrier bags full of nettles
9 liters of water
bag of brown sugar
3 lemons
bit of ginger

Collect the youngest tips of the nettles, be careful at the edges of crop fields, if the nettles have a yellow tinge leave well alone. Boil the nettles, lemons and ginger for twenty mins. Strain the liquid, remembering to add the nettles to the compost. Stir in the sugar and leave to cool. Once the liquid is cooled add the yeast. I use a brew bucket with a lid for this.

Leave for a few days in a warm place then transfer to a cooler one for a further few days. I’m not being exact because I always leave it normally in the same place for about four days but John Seymor says otherwise. If it looks like it’s going crazy move to a cooler place.

Then it needs to be bottled up in screw tight bottles this is really important as it can have a real fizz, I store mine as cool as possible. It’s ready in a week and won’t keep long so needs drinking, like most booze.


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2 thoughts on “drinking the hedgerow – Nettle beer

  1. Recipe man says:

    i love it! i make something very similar with differnet ingredients:
    1. bread –> the beer is called Kvas ( from russian)
    2. ginger or lemon – indian kashmiri kinda beer..

  2. dibnah says:

    I’m glad to hear from fellow brewers . I thought that this time it was a little too yeasty though so may try adding less next time.

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