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M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:29 PM


My dad died a couple of years ago. As we've gone through the things he left behind, we found a couple of cases of a wide variety of beers. Dad rarely drank, but when he had cookouts, guests would often leave a beer or two in his microfridge, some imported, some domestic. I now have it in my basement, but I know beer goes out of date, so I'm looking for recipes for which the age of beer is unimportant. Pity that it doesn't improve with age like wine and bourbon. Some of them are probably 30 years old.

What brought this to mind is today's mail brought a booklet for Jerry Baker's Gardening Tonics, and the blurbs mention beer's many uses, but don't give specifics.

I figure if any group knows an answer, it would be here. Help, please. I hate to just throw it out, don't plan to drink it myself, and don't know anyone close that I would inflict it on.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:31 PM

What's "old beer"?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:32 PM

Sell them on Ebay as valuable antiques.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:33 PM

Beer bread, it is very easy to make and super yummy. It can also be used as a hair conditioner, just pour it on, let it sit, and rinse.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:50 PM

Smoke - Old beer is stuff folks give you when they think you're not beer-savvy and won't know (Love your wit!)

Jank - Good idea on some of them. Do you know a website where I could find values for the rare ones? I doubt 'Old Milwaukee' is very valuable.

Erin - My wife has a bread maker so we may try that. Does its age affect the taste? If you every saw a picture of me you'll know why the beer shampoo won't work. I shampoo with a washrag.

Anyone know the Jerry Baker recipe for improving your yard with beer? (Yes, Smoke, I know that with enough beer the grass looks great, but I need Jerry's recipe.)

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:53 PM

I know there is a company here in the Dallas area that sells expensive compost, and they advertise that it's the best compost because it contains beer and wine. So it must be a great ingredient if you have a compost pile. Guess you could entertain your earthworms with it, too?

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 3:06 PM

I bought my wife one of those huge round composters for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago (She was thrilled - gotta love a woman like that loves making artificial manure!). One of Jerry's recipes is called "Compost Accelerator" and lists beer as an ingredient, but again, the blurb doesn't give the recipe. I just want to get the worms drunk enough to work harder (crooked tunnels make more compost), not drown them.

Madamec8  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 890)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 3:26 PM

This is a good place to tell you about my friend ... she cracks me up. She served a delicious bread with one meal, it was dense and had a slightly sweet flavor. I asked her about it, she said someone had given her the pre-packaged fixings for Beer Batter Bread. When it was time to add the beer, she didn't have any (she doesn't drink), so she added a Coke instead. I couldn't stop laughing. What can I say, it was good!

Buchanan  (Level: 80.7 - Posts: 339)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 3:45 PM

if you are bothered with slugs in your garden,put out a small container of beer,next am there will be dead slugs in it.set it out @ night. buchanan

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 3:54 PM

Did you ever explain to her how yeast works?

I didn't know until recently that diet colas go out of date also. If you don't use it by the date on the container it develops a strange, unappealing taste that is hard to describe. Sort of like drinking stale water from an old tin can, but still carbonated.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 3:56 PM

Don't have slugs. Does it work on raccoons and deer? As I was typing my last message, my wife called me to take a picture of a deer that was standing barely 10 feet from our house, eating the apples in our yard.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:28 PM

Found these ideas with some searching:

1 Marinate meat in it - Use beer instead of wine to marinate your meat. Not only does it taste better, but it also makes the meat softer and more tender.

2 Help grass grow easier - pour beer on those irritating brown spots on your lawns to help your grass grow. The grass absorbs the nutrients, sugar and energy it needs to be able to grow.

3 Kill slugs & snails - Fill containers or wide-mouthed bottles or something of the sort with beer about a quarter to half way up. Then bury these in your garden. The slugs or snails will be attracted to them and drown.

4 Kill mice - This may sound a little far-fetched but fill a bucket or pail up about a third of the way with cheap beer with a board or something leading to the rim at the top. The mice, smelling this, will jump in, and not be able to climb out.

5 Calm a stomach-ache - Just sit down and drink a beer. This carbonated drink will settle your stomach right down. The alcohol helps reduce the pain as well. Don't use if you have an ulcer or gastritis.

6 Polish gold - Wet a piece of cloth with some beer and start rubbing your gold (no stones) to get the shine back. Use a second cloth to dry it.

7 Bathe in it - Add a few cans of beer into your bath. Believe it or not, it will do you good. The yeasts are good for softening and soothing the skin.

8 Polish wood furniture - Let some beer sit until it goes flat, then, dampen a washcloth with it, and rub your wooden furniture. This will polish it, and give it a more shiny and healthy look.

9 Cook with it - When boiling shrimp, try using beer for the cooking liquid. Season as you wish, but don't overcook.

This is supposedly the "recipe" for gardening with it, but I'd check with Suzannec before trying:

1 cup of beer, 2 T whiskey, 2 T fish emulsion, 1 T corn syrup, 2 T ammonia, 2 T dishwashing liquid and warm water in watering can with warm water, use every 3 weeks

Here's the one I'd try:

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:33 PM

I am offended by all this!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:34 PM

Judy, I've seen that recipe before, but with one addition. The Dirt Doctor puts urine in it, too.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:56 PM

You can wash your hair in it..I heard it makes soft and shiny!

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:58 PM

Thanks for all your research. I probably have enough to do #7 undiluted. I have a slow bath drain, so it might clear it up also.

No beer soup for you!

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