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    I tried a few nettle beer recipes, one was similar to yours BL but without the carragheen. Can't remember the quantities but in the end I made it from nettles, sugar, yeast, lemon juice and half a teaspoon of marmite (vitamin B to help the yeast). It came out about 6%, was pleasant enough in taste and smell and tasted like neither nettles nor beer. It was better too after it had stood bottled for a while, the last bottle of a five gallon batch was always the best one.

    One word of caution though, don't mix it with other drinks. Less than half a pint of nettle beer as an aperitif followed by a glass or two of red wine with dinner resulted in the mother of all hangovers. Not a normal hangover but something more like the result of a chemical reaction. This happened to a few people on different occasions, (me included) before I realised the connection. Maybe it was something in a particular wine that clashed with something from the nettles, I don't know.
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    Might make some and give to the neighbors.
    Many Thanks for posting.
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    You could leave out the carrageenan. It is a kind of sea weed that gives beer a head.

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    hi all thanks for all the replys ,as delta said carrageenan is a seaweed ,from the west coast of ireland i belive and i prob wont add any as is rather expensive ,cheers
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    i made my 1st batch of nettle beer today (apart from the yeast ,i havent got any i`ll have to get some on thursday) it looks a nice goldeny beer colour which is quiet odd as it looked green in the pan as i was boiling the nettles but the orange and lemon juice has changed it ,smells pretty good too ,cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big lebowski View Post
    1 kg nettle tops ( approx 1 carrier bag full)
    Thanks for the recipe TBL, nettle tops obviously are the new growth, any one have any experience with using grown nettles (so more than the tops) and how that affects flavour, maybe too bitter?

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    mr bones how long did you leave yours for ? i bottled mine this morning and was thinking about leaving it till july (my bday) do you think that will be long enough ? cheers
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    Started drinking it as soon as it was bottled, refreshing and sherberty in a ginger beer sort of way. The last few bottles were stashed at the back of a cupboard for a whole year (I made three five gallon batches that year). Just had to watch out for the sediment as it was lifted by the gas when opened.

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