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Old 01-10-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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What do you do with a batch of beer that went bad? Just tip it down the sink? I was wondering if it's worth spreading around the garden, or if my lawn could benefit from it.

Or perhaps I could donate it to the local homeless shelter....

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Old 01-10-2008, 07:08 PM   #2
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How bad is it? Can you at least cook with it?

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cook with it. I use my infected batches in the water bowl of my smoker...

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*shiver* Do NOT cook with bad beer. Trust me. Smoker...ok MAYBE.

It is supposed to be good for loosening corroded bolts, killing slugs, and some other things I can't remember.

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Old 01-10-2008, 07:13 PM   #5
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How bad is it? Can you at least cook with it?
It's somewhat drinkable. A dog would probably drink it. I suppose it could be cooked with. It's not infected or anything, I just bottled before it had finished fermenting so it's over carbonated and tastes a bit crappy.
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*shiver* Do NOT cook with bad beer. Trust me. Smoker...ok MAYBE.

It is supposed to be good for loosening corroded bolts, killing slugs, and some other things I can't remember.
depends on how bad. I've used infected batches in food before and it was grrrreat. The smoker is a great use---the last thing you'll notice is the touch of sourness from the beer.
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Whatever you do, don't think it can be blended and magically become a "lambic" or any other "sour" ale. It really bothers me when people try that.

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Do you composte?

A lot of gardners add a 6 of cheap beer in a sprayer to feed the composte pile.

Jerry Baker "America's Master Gardner" is a big advocate of it.

5 gallons would probably be good for a lawn. Google Jerry Baker and take a look at some of his concotions in gardening.

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Hmmm...I'm thinking my lawn will get a boozing once the weather turns warmer...I don't compost, so the lawn could be the best use I have for it.

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Hmmm...I'm thinking my lawn will get a boozing once the weather turns warmer...I don't compost, so the lawn could be the best use I have for it.

He talks about making tonics that include beer and cola for the lawn as spart of the spring clean up once the ground thaws.

But if you're going to hold onto the beer that long, taste it before you commit it to the lawn...You may be surprised in a few months, the beer may end up tasting great. Sometimes you got to leave beers alone for months if not years before they hit their peak....Think Barley wines...

You may be surprised.
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