Nettle Beer


  • 2 gallons young nettles
  • 1 oz. root ginger
  • 2 gallons water
  • 4 lb. malt
  • 2 oz. hops
  • 4 oz. sarsaparilla
  • 1½ lb. caster sugar
  • 1 oz. creamed yeast


Wash nettles well and bruise ginger. Put into a pan with water, malt, hops and sarsaparilla. Boil for 15 minutes and strain over sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, then add yeast. Leave to ferment. Make sure fermentation is finished before pouring into bottles, cork and tie down with string. This beer is suitable for drinking in about a week.