Honey Lemon Yarrow Summer Beer

Lean more about the devil’s nettle herb, Yarrow, and find out how to brew a refreshing bitter beer with this herb.

| August 2018

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    Bottle beer and allow to ferment for 14 to 21 days.
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    Yarrows leaves and blossoms were widely used to bitter beer before hops became popular.
    Photo by Brigita Fuhrmann
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    “The Homebrewer’s Garden” is filled with unique recipes combining both herbs and beer for delicious beverages.
    Courtesy of Storey Publishing

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In The Homebrewer’s Garden (Storey Publishing, 2016) by Joe Fisher and Dennis Fisher, readers will find an abundance of recipes for brewing beer at home. Learn how to incorporate herbs and flowers into homemade beer for a unique beverage. This excerpt can be located in chapter 2, “Brewing Herbs.”


Milfoil, devil’s nettle

Achillea millefolium

Family: compositae (daisy)

Description: Fern-leaved, spreading perennial that grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall. Bears clusters of white to yellow flowers throughout summer. Good dried flower. Many hybrids are available with different colored flowers, such as ‘summer pastels’. Wide­spread roadside weed, easily gathered from the wild.

Similar Species: Fern-leaf yarrow (a. Filipendulina) has large flowers and grows 3 feet (90 cm) tall; cultivars include ‘coronation gold’ and ‘parker’s variety’.

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