12 Brews of Christmas: #12 Mugwort Sage
And on the 12th day she rested… It’s over. The Twelve Days of Christmas brew-a-thon comes to an end with a back-to-basics Mugwort ale. This is the brew that started it all earlier this year when I learned how easy it is to make beer with just foraged mugwort, lemons, brown sugar and water. For this brew I tossed in a little sage.
I did have a slight moment of panic when I realized that I ran out of one gallon fermenters but then I found this 64 oz jug lying on it’s side on a bottom shelf. Whew!
Here’s the recipe:
64 oz. of H2O boiled to 170 degrees
Turn off heat and add:
6 oz. Brown sugar
3 grams dried mugwort
1/2 gram dried sage
Juice from 2 Lemons
Toss in half of one entire lemon (This was an accident but I rolled with it.)
Turn heat back on an make sure the temp gets back to 165-170 degrees (FOOD SAFETY FIRST)
Boil another 15-20 minutes or so.
Cool in ice bath to 70-ish degrees.
Transfer to fermenting jug and add around a quarter of a pack or so of Safale US 05 yeast and a smidgen of Yeast nutrient. Sanitize your hand, cover the top and shake the bottle like crazy to oxygenate the wort.
Add airlock and wait 2 weeks.
OK, people time to kick back and relax for a few days. The 12 days of bottling starts on Saturday.