Uses for Beer

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May 23, 2011

Uses for BeerUse leftover beer to clean a greasy gas or electric stove. Also works well for cleaning glass windows. Just soak a thin cotton fabric with beer and scrub! Follow up with a clean cloth.


Source: My mother has been doing this for years!

By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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September 24, 2010

When you spatter liquid shoe polish on the bathroom sink, pour a little flat beer over it. The polish comes right off even after it's dry.

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October 28, 2010

Clean gilded picture frames with beer. Dip a soft cloth in beer and wipe.

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September 3, 2004

Can't get your man to clean up after his poker night with his buddies? What are you supposed to do with all that leftover warm, flat beer? Put it in your hair of course. If you've got fine, thin or oily hair this is a spectacular way to give it sheen and bounce. Even though you're sure your husband would love you to smell like beer and would think you found a new aphrodisiac, you like something a little more feminine?


They sell fruit flavored beer or add your own essential oils. Go crazy! Throw in your homegrown chamomile or lavender. Just remember if the cops pull you over, offer to take the test and then tell them why. Oh ya, and if the cop asks - you don't know me! By Suzanne S.

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November 24, 2009

How do I utilize some bottles of stale beer?

By zarunkaur from Malaysia


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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

Beer Bread

Make 1 loaf
Time: 2 min. plus 55 min. baking
Just two ingredients and no kneading--Fresh baked has never been easier!

Store airtight at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. I always store my homemade bread in the refrigerator for safe keeping. It doesn't matter if the beer is fresh or stale, you can't tell the difference in the taste.


2 2/3 cups self-rising flour
12 oz. beer, freshly opened, chilled or at room temperature

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a
9x5 x 3-in. loaf pan.

2. Put flour in a medium bowl. Add beer and stir with a rubber spatula just until mixed and flour is moistened completely. Scrape into a greased pan.

3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes until top is lightly browned, sides pull away from pan and poke a knife in center to see if it comes out clean.

4. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes, then turn out on rack to cool.

5. Brush with butter or margarine on top and cover with towel for a soft crust.

6. To serve: Cut in 1/2-in. thick slices with a serrated bread knife.

Self-Rising Flour

Makes 1 cup

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
his mixture can be used in recipes calling for self-rising flour.


Note: My husband and I love this bread!

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

21 uses:

Seems like I read they used to use it to set hair in rollers with or use as conditioner too back in the day. I always wondered if it made your hair smell like a brewery.

And beer bread (posted below by MCW) is awesome...especially toasted.

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

Make beer batter for fish by mixing either pancake mix or all purpose baking mix (Bisquick) thinly by directions except replace any liquids with the beer.

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

Cup of epsom salts to a cup, I think, of stale beer. Use it on windows to create a frosted look! jj from Atlanta

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

Makes an excellent meat tenderizer. Just soak any kind of "solid" (not ground) meat for a couple of hours, in the fridge please! and it will melt in your mouth.


Also gives a great taste to stews and pot roasts. Just pour a bottle, or can, into the cooking liquid. The alcohol cooks off, so the kids can eat it, too!

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November 26, 20090 found this helpful

Do you have snails eating your garden? If so a dish of beer left out overnight will take care of them. The snails are attracted to the yeast in beer and can't resist it - they crawl into it and die - I'm not an advocate of killing anything usually, but this does stop the snails destroying my vegies!

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August 19, 2005

Tips for using beer in the garden. Post your ideas.


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August 19, 20050 found this helpful

Have any flat or stale beer? Pour it into your garden. Your plants will love you for it. They love yeast.

By Terri

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By Mary (Guest Post)
August 19, 20050 found this helpful

If you have slugs, put a saucer of beer out for them. They crawl in, drink and die. And I do'nt feel the least bit sorry for the slimey things!

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By SNIGDIBBLY (Guest Post)
August 20, 20050 found this helpful

So do the slugs. Try adding a bunch of salt to the beer and it will attract and then kill the slugs.

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August 23, 20050 found this helpful

I read of a homemade fertilizer made with very small amounts of beer, household ammonia, whiskey, I believe, plus maybe some more stuff. It was in an Atlanta paper 10 or more years ago. I haven't been able to locate it, and I wouldn't want to try it out without having the proper measurements.


The person who wrote the article said not to be afraid to use this "petal punch" on the whole yard, not just for flowers. Does anyone have this recipe?

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By Ella (Guest Post)
June 28, 20060 found this helpful

I think the recipe calls for 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.

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November 30, 2011

Do you leave beer in your hair when using it as a rinse?

By West Texas Cutie

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January 23, 2008

After a party, there are a lot of half empty bottles and cans of beer laying around. I recycle the bottles and cans, but I was wondering what is the best use for that old beer? Remember, it's other people left over, so I can't use it in food. I was wondering whether I could put in plants or what. I have some composting going on. Any ideas?

Asad from Jonesboro, AR


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January 23, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, you can water it down and use as plant food. They love it, except for ferns(too strong for ferns, it will kill them). It's also a good slug killer: put some in a shallow dish; they will crawl into it and drown. It's also a good rinse for hair, strips all the conditioner, etc... off and makes the hair look light and fluffy. Be sure to rinse it out well.

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I hope someone can give me some suggestions. I found a crate of lager beer that is out-dated by 3months, probably left over from a party. I don't know if I can make use of them. I'm not a beer drinker, so there's no point in tasting them since I would have no idea if they are good or bad. All beer tastes awful to me. Can I use it to make beer bread or to cook with, or can the beer be used for other things? Since I don't know if it's bad or not, would it be better, and safer, to just toss it out?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

By cettina from Malta, Europe

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March 15, 2017

By setting out shallow bowls filled with beer you can control slugs in your garden without the use of pesticides. This is a page about use beer to prevent slugs.

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If you are having problems with slugs, get a small saucer and pour a little beer in it. Late in the evening is best and then the next morning, you'll find some dead slugs.

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