How to Brew Potions in Minecraft

Brewing potions in Minecraft is easier than it seems! When drunk or splashed upon your character, potions give you a special effect. There are many different potions you can brew in Minecraft.

Crafting a Brewing Stand

You need a brewing stand to be able to make potions. Brewing stands are what you put your materials into, and they give you potions in return.

Brewing stand crafting recipe.

For a more in-depth tutorial on how to craft a brewing stand, check out one of our other threads here!

Once your brewing stand is crafted, this is the GUI you will see when it is right clicked on!

Brewing stand GUI.

And now you’re ready to brew some potions!

How to Brew

Brewing potions is easy, but you will need glass bottles. Glass bottles are crafted by putting three glass blocks in a V shape.

Glass bottle crafting recipe.

You will receive 3 bottles once crafted, which is the perfect amount for your brewing stand!

Once you have your glass bottles, you will need to fill them with water. This is simple, go to a water source and right click with a bottle in your hand. This will fill the bottle with water!

You can then put your water bottles into your brewing stand!

Where to put water bottles in your brewing stand.

Next, you are going to put blaze powder into the brewing stand. Similar to how a furnace needs to burn coal to smelt, a brewing stand needs to burn blaze powder to brew. 

Blaze powder can be made by putting blaze rods into a crafting table.

Where to put blaze powder in your brewing stand.

The next item you put into the brewing stand will be needed for almost every potion you brew, which is nether wart. This will turn your water bottles into an awkward potion, which has no effect, but it is needed to brew other potions.

Where to put the nether wart to make awkward potion.

The next item you put into your brewing stand will determine the type of potion it will be! For this example, I am using a pufferfish which will turn the awkward potion into a water breathing potion.

A pufferfish going into a brewing stand to make a potion.

Once it finishes brewing, you will have three potions!

Drinking your Potion

To use your potion, simply hold down your right-click with the bottle in your hand. The potion effects should display to the left of your inventory!

An active potion of water breathing.

The timer underneath the name of the potion says how long the potion will be active for. In this example, my water breathing potion will be active for 2 minutes and 50 seconds. The timer actively goes down as your time runs out.

Potion Recipes

Useful Potions:

  • Nether wart = Awkward Potion
  • Awkward Potion + Glistering melon slice = Potion of Healing
  • Awkward Potion + Ghast tear = Potion of Regeneration
  • Awkward Potion + Magma cream = Potion of Fire Resistance
  • Awkward Potion + Blaze powder = Potion of Strength
  • Awkward Potion + Sugar = Potion of Swiftness
  • Awkward Potion + Pufferfish = Potion of Water Breathing
  • Awkward Potion + Golden carrot = Potion of Night Vision
  • Potion of Night Vision + Fermented spider eye = Potion of Invisibility
  • Awkward Potion + Rabbit’s foot = Potion of Leaping

Harmful Potions:

  • Awkward Potion + Spider eye = Potion of Poison
  • Potion of Swiftness + Fermented spider eye = Potion of Slowness
  • Potion of Strength + Fermented spider eye = Potion of Weakness

Keep in mind that some potions cannot be brewed, only found!