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Now is the time to be makeing spring wines and beers using fresh young fruit, flowers and leaves from the countryside.

Here is one for Nettle Beer


1 Gallon of young nettles (ie 8 x 1pint jugfuls)

12oz sugar

1 lemon

2 lbs malted barley

1/4 oz root ginger

1oz dried hops (try Goldings)

1 gallon water

1 tablespoon General Purpose yeast (sachet)

Boil together the nettles,water,ginger,malt and hops for 15 minutes. strain into a bucket, add sugar and lemon juice, stir well to dissolve the sugar. When cooled to blood heat add yeast (start the yeast in a saucer with a little sugar and water)

Cover and leave in a warm place for 3 to 5 days till fermentation slows, skimming the surface froth off regularly. Stain again into strong bottles keep upright and keep in a cool place (stops secondry fermentation) till its required for consumption.



This article was published on Friday 06 May, 2005.
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