We also decided to order our baby chickies for June 2nd delivery. Not much time to prep, but
Oh yeah - we tapped into the nettle beer. Nearly a month old, and not much carbonation, which is odd. We're trying to learn more about herbal brewing and this book, Sacred and Healing Herbal Beers has information and recipes about fermented plant beverages from all kinds of cultures. That's where we got the nettle beer idea. It's bascially an adapted braggot - honey, malt, hops, nettles, yeast and water. Even though the brew is still immature (maybe another 3 weeks in the bottle) we noticed a warm, slightly flushed feeling, and an altered sensation, like colors being sharper and more vivid. Also a bit more energized feeling. Supposedly, the act of fermenting a plant brings it's medicinal qualities out even further, and honey has it's own package of benefits to add. After doing some research into historical brews, we found out that before hops ( a new world plant) were added to beers, hundreds of various herbs were used to add bitter flavors, preservative qualities, or even psychotropic effects. And we also found out that some of the herbs used are common garden weeds, like nettles and ground ivy. Lots of interesting inspiration for future brews, and additions to the herb garden!