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    hi all ive been going up the plot the last few days (digging and weeding) and ive seen the the stinging nettles are about ready for picking to make nettle beer so heres my recipe for it

    makes 1 gallon

    1 kg nettle tops ( approx 1 carrier bag full)
    50 g cream of tartar
    1 tsp dried carragheen
    450 g sugar
    juice of 2 lemons
    1 sachet of yeast

    i have heard of other recipes with juice of oranges in too so feel free to add your own twist on here too ,cheers
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    What do you do with the ingredients?

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    bring 5 liters of water to the boil in a large pan ,add the nettle tops ,cream of tartar and carrageen and boil for 15 mins ,stirring from time to time ,strain the liquor through a colander or sieve into a fermentation bucket ,add the sugar and stir until dissolved ,leave to cool to room temp

    add the lemon juice and the yeast .cover and leave to ferment for 3 days - this will probably do the trick but if you want but if you want to be safe ,bottle when it reaches a specific gravity of 1010 .carefully siphon into strong sterilised bottles ,making sure you do not disturb the sediment that will have accumalated at the bottom of the bucket .

    the beer will continue to ferment ,gradually building up a head of steam ,and is ready to drink in a week ,although if you leave it longer it will be better .this beer is usually cloudy - remember that this is a homebrew ,so murkiness is considered to be `character'.

    this is how john wright makes his and the description is from his book (worth buying imo) hope it helps ,cheers
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    What does it taste like?
    Any idea what the alcohol percentage is?
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    Twynyrodyn is offline Seedling
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    What does it smell like? As bad as nettle fertilizer?

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    not sure what it tastes like ,i hope it doesnt taste like nettle fert ,i`ll have a bottle in one hand and a finger and thumb on my nose with the other if it does , its 4% apparently ,cheers
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    My golden retriever decided to roll in some sludge left from a batch of nettle fertilizer. ...worse than fox poo!

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    The taste is really good, they used to sell it in Heysham when I was a child and on holiday. The alcohol laws must have been more lax in those days. I am going to make some next week.

    David

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