Surely, you looked surprised when you see the title. Yes, beer from nettles. It’s possible. The process is pretty simple, and it has a unique taste. However, this drink isn’t recommended for pregnant women and kids because it is still an alcoholic drink. Today, we will show you how to make it at home.
How To Make Homemade Nettle Beer
You will need the following ingredients:
- 3 and 1/3 cups nettle leaves
- 1 gallon of water
- 2 cups of unrefined brown sugar
- Freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
- A packet of yeast (or about a teaspoon)
If you have nettles in your garden it’s best to pick it up. You will need a big pile of nettles, so make sure to put them in a clean and safe area to avoid any undesirable situations. (Do not forget the gloves). Wash the nettle leaves, and briefly soak them in distilled vinegar, to remove any impurities and bugs. (Also, it is very important to sterilize all containers, spoons, funnels and other kitchen “helpers” that you will use during the process).
If this is too troubling to you, you can buy organic nettle leaves in the farmer’s market and avoid the procedure described above.
Then, put two pots of water on the stove. In one pot add the nettle and cook it for about 30 seconds until it loses its “sting”. Once you’ve done that transfer them into the second pot, where you will cook the beer. When you move all the nettle leaves in the second pot leave them to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Strain the nettle tea into another pot, and in this tea add the brown sugar and lemon juice.
Allow the mixture to cool, preferably to stand a day or a couple of days. After that, you should sip it in glass bottles with wicker cover. (Keep in mind that at least a quarter of your bottles should be left empty because of fermentation). Add the yeast and put the cover on the bottles. Leave them in a warm place so they can ferment. During this process, your beer will start to “boil” and be foamy. After 7 to 10 days, transfer it into smaller bottles. And leave it for three more days.
After that your homemade nettle drink is ready to be consumed, and it has a taste of unusual beer.
This drink has a diuretic effect and some probiotic cultures in it (just like the kombucha tea). That’s why it stimulates the digestive system and acts as a blood purifier.
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