Boiling with finished beer instead of water - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Boiling with finished beer instead of water

Thread Tools
Old 08-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #11
Jun 2005
Eugene, OR
Posts: 4,896
Liked 696 Times on 501 Posts

You aren't the first person to think of this, or even try it. The idea has been around for at least the 15 years I've been brewing. The one person I know of who tried it said that the results ranged fron terrible to weird. Try it yourself if you like.
Life begins at 60....1.060, that is! - "Homebrew All Stars" now shipping!

Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 11:43 PM   #12
Jan 2011
lincoln, illinois
Posts: 384
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Do it. I say do it. Could be realy good. Try a small batch and see.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #13
scottab's Avatar
Nov 2011
hawthorne, nj
Posts: 343
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts

It would cause a time dilation paradox in subspace resulting in anti-mater particles entering our universe uncontrolled and ultimately end up in a total mater/anti-mater annihilation of the whole universe.

CBXBob Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:08 AM   #14
bottlebomber's Avatar
Apr 2011
Ukiah, CA
Posts: 14,342
Liked 2739 Times on 2113 Posts

Originally Posted by Soma
Green Flash's 'PALATE WRECKER' double IPA is brewed this way I believe.
They are using hopped wort to mash, not fermented, boiled beer.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:14 AM   #15
Brew the brew!
nukebrewer's Avatar
Oct 2008
Groton, CT
Posts: 5,666
Liked 2865 Times on 1733 Posts

Originally Posted by david_42 View Post
I can't think of a worse use of beer. I'd rate using it for snail bait higher. All that will carry over is the bitterness, unfermentable sugars, and the color. Hop flavor, aroma and alcohol will boil off. Unfermentable sugars will further caramelize. Utilization and subsequent IBUs will be impossible to calculate. Instead of having two batches of drinkable beer, you'll have some horrible sludge.

But, it's your time, your money, and your beer. Have fun.
You know this from personal experience? I agree with the OP that it could possibly be used to re-purpose a beer that might otherwise get dumped. Further caremelization of unfermentable sugars might provide a more interesting flavor profile. Assuming the batch size of the original beer and the beer being brewed were the same, bitterness could easily be calculated by adding on the IBU from the original beer (hop bitterness doesn't get boiled off) to that of the new beer with utilization being a function of boil gravity. You'd have to do it on the fly after you take your boil gravity reading, but it could be done.

I agree with your point that the hop flavor, hop aroma and alcohol will get boiled off, but if a brewer chose to do something like this, they would be accepting these as justifiable casualties.

Also, I just want to make it clear that I am not saying you are wrong, I just don't think you are necessarily right, either. I'll be interested to see how this turns out if the OP (or anyone else for that matter) gives it a shot.
The only thing more asinine than stupid rules is the enforcement of rules simply because they are the rules.

Inhopsicated: A Beer Blog

Inhopsicated on Twitter

Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #16
November's Avatar
Aug 2009
Southern AZ
Posts: 618
Liked 138 Times on 74 Posts

Here is a write up of an attempt at this.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 02:11 AM   #17
Aug 2012
Turlock, CA
Posts: 373
Liked 46 Times on 26 Posts

Wow, BMC even. It's all been done before. See, this is exactly how things like mad cow disease get started.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
starsan in a finished beer Malric General Beer Discussion 9 08-26-2012 03:52 PM
Checking thermometer with boiling water LarryC General Beer Discussion 4 11-24-2011 05:40 PM
Water boiling question spinnaker305 General Beer Discussion 1 02-07-2011 03:36 PM
Can you add water to a finished beer? shoestealer17 General Beer Discussion 11 02-03-2011 07:52 AM
Hard water ever effect the taste of your finished beer? Meatball358 General Beer Discussion 14 09-03-2010 12:23 AM

Forum Jump