nettle beer

3 litres of nettle tips


8oz demerara sugar


1 lemon


Pick only the nettle tips of young nettles. Cover with two litres of water, and the thinly peeled lemon peel. Bring to the boil and boil for half to one hour. Strain onto the sugar. Add the lemon juice and cover. When cooler, add the yeast. Leave in a warm place (like the kitchen) for 3-4 days. Bottle in ex-fizzy drink bottles and let stand for another day or two. When the bottles feel 'tight' move to the fridge and leave for another day or two.

Really tasty and refreshing.

nb save the nettle pulp for making nettle pasta

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