Birch Beer Recipe

This Birch Beer Recipe uses food foraged from the wild to make this tasty homemade beer.
By James L. Churchill
March/April 1971
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Use birch tree twigs to make this Birch Beer Recipe.
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Learn how to make this Birch Beer Recipe using food foraged from the wild.

Birch Beer Recipe

Here is a recipe for birch beer that I got out of an old cookbook. I haven't tried it but it's enough like one in Euell Gibbon's book, Stalking The Wild Asparagus, to reassure me.

Place four quarts of black birch twigs cut into small pieces in the bottom of a five gallon crock. Add eight pounds of brown sugar to four gallons of water in a large kettle. Stir until the sugar dissolves, heat to boiling, boil for ten minutes and pour the bubbling mixture over the chopped birch twigs in the crock.

Stir in one cake of yeast dissolved in a half cup of warm water. Cover and let it work for ten days, or until the cloudiness is gone. Bottle and cap tightly. It's ready to serve immediately. Chill before serving. Caution: This is an alcoholic drink and some hemlock needle tea might taste good the next morning.


Read more about wild food recipes and preparation: Foraging for Wild Foods in Winter.








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