Meadowsweet Ale

Amazing smell this prolific native plant.  Apparently the name is derived its use as a flavouring in Mead, from ‘Mead Sweet’

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Much the same as making elderflower wine or beer, I roughly strip the flowers from the stalks (I used about 3 pints of stripped flowers for 2 gallons this time) and covered with water and 1lb sugar per gallon.  I added a general purpose brewing yeast and also the juice of a lemon to help fermenting.

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Brewing with Flowers at Small World Theatre

Back in June a small group of us met at Small World Theatre to pick and brew with flowers from our local hedgerows.

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We picked Elderflowers and made 2 gallons of wine and around 2 gallons of ale.

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A few days later I returned to strain the wine into demijohns. Now installed with others in the Theatre.

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About a week later I strained the ale into recycled fizzy drinks bottles to mature for another week or so and get fizzy!

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There will be another day of picking and brewing in Small World Theatre in August.