Nettle Beer


2 gallons nettles / oz. root ginger 4 lb. malt

1 level teaspoonful granulated yeast

2 oz. hops 4 oz. sarsaparilla 2 gallons water

2 lemons


Choose young nettles. Wash and put into a saucepan with water, ginger, malt, hops and sarsaparilla. Bring to the boil and boil for / hour. Put sugar into a large crock or bread pan and strain the liquor on to it; add the juice of the two lemons. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, and allow to cool to 70 degrees F., keeping pan covered, then stir in the yeast. Keep the crock, covered, in a warm room for three days, then strain the beer into bottles, cork, and tie down or wire the corks. Keep the beer in a cool place for a week before drinking—and keep an eye on the corks.! This makes an excellent summer drink and should be made in May.

To make the beer the recipe is as follows:

Melt 2 lb. sugar, treacle, essence of malt, molasses, or honey, into a gallon of hot water, put in cask or fermentation vessel, add one gallon cold water and two tablespoonsful of the essence of spruce. When the must is tepid add ale yeast. Ferment for two days and bottle. It will be ready for use within one week.

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