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Old 01-24-2016, 06:03 AM   #1
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I have bin planing to make some stinging nettle wine for some years. But where I live I rather not pick anny nettles, becasue there ar to hevvy trafick around. But I'm wondering if you could use dried nettles instead of fresh? This would give me the posibility to pick when I wissiting my parents!

 
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:23 AM   #2
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Lets see if this will work. @Bernard Smith , makes some light flower type wines. Maybe he will know the answer you want. If this doesn't get him to help, try p.m.ing him. Find a post he has made on here, click on his user name and it should come up where you can private message him. Arne.

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Old 01-25-2016, 09:04 AM   #3
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I have never tried to make a nettle wine and have no knowledge about any differences dried nettles may have from fresh plants. Don't have any access to my books at the moment (won't be home until later this evening) but I wonder if CCJ Berry discusses making nettle wine using dried nettles (I know he has a recipe for nettle wine and I would assume that in principle you could use about 1 - 2 oz of dried leaves for every pint of fresh leaves) But that said, and again, I am speaking totally without any practical knowledge of this kind of wine, I believe that you can buy stinging nettle tea. Assuming that there is no problem with overly extracting tannins, I would make a gallon of the tea but rather than add more tea bags to the liquid take the boiling water off the heat and allow the tea to steep at about 210 F for about an hour and then strain the liquid from the leaves and add your fermentables (sugar or honey ) to the liquid, aerate, add K-meta and allow the tea to cool overnight then pitch your yeast 24 hours after you added the k-meta (or campden tabs). But I cannot emphasize enough that I have never had any dealings with nettles except as a boy in Scotland where I was routinely stung by this plant in overgrown and untended yards and gardens

 
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:12 PM   #4
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You could just drink ground glass...

Not sure I would make any food item from a "stinging" plant. I don't think poison ivy wine would be a big seller either!
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:29 PM   #5
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I might try that

 
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:23 PM   #6
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I might try that

Which one? The ground glass or the poison ivy wine lol?

 
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:02 PM   #7
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But CCJ Barry does have recipes for stinging nettle wine... and apparently it is a lovely wine...

 
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But CCJ Barry does have recipes for stinging nettle wine... and apparently it is a lovely wine...
Maybe it is, but I think I'll skip it,. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go rack my Owens Corning Pink insulation wine. 😂
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But CCJ Barry does have recipes for stinging nettle wine... and apparently it is a lovely wine...

AHHHH, yet another wine that is based on a dare..

Just who told you that wine made from a weed is any good? Was this source the butt of a "dare you to drink this" challenge?? Perhaps he/she is looking for another patsy??

I really need to ask why on earth someone would spend time, money, and equipment on something like this???
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