We all have had parties at our homes and the next morning you wake up to find a beer that has been opened and left out to go flat. If you are like me you sigh, cringe, and walk over to the sink and pour the beer down the drain. I decided to research and experiment with the uses for flat beer. I have discovered many practical and interesting ways your flat beer can be of use to you again.
- Beer for your hair: Beer contains many vitamins and natural sugars that helps with shine and body. All you have to do is pour the flat beer into a glass and allow it to get warm. I decided to try this out myself to see if I noticed any fantastic results with volume and shine. I shampooed my hair like always and rinsed. After the shampoo was rinsed out completely I poured the beer onto my hair and rinsed with cool water. I quizzed my Hubs about if he thought my hair looked different and yes he said that my hair was softer and even shinier. I did notice after rinsing there was a faint smell of hops, that quickly went away. If hops is not your favorite smell you can add a few drops of essential oil to the beer. I bet lavender would smell great.
- Cooking with Beer: While researching this topic I found many creative ways to cook with flat beer. Everything from how to marinade steaks to even how to put out a kitchen fire. What really intrigued me was adding beer to a bread recipe. It makes perfect sense to me after all bread and beer share similar ingredients. I found a great beer bread recipe and now that the days are finally cooler in Charlotte, I may actually turn on the oven and bake. I plan on using Sugar Creek Brewing Co.’s pale ale in my bread.
- Go Green with Beer: Many people do not want to use harsh cleaning chemicals, like furniture polish in their homes, especially if they have small children and even pets in the house. You can actually use flat beer on a soft cloth to clean and shine your wooden furniture. I would definitely spot test any area first before to see how the beer reacts with the finish on the wood.
- Become a master gardener using beer: Gardeners have been using leftover beer to get rid of slugs and even snails for a very long time. No one wants to spray their beautiful veggies with harmful pesticides, so flat beer is a great alternative. All you need to do is bury a clean container in the ground and pour in the flat beer. The next morning you should find drunk and dead slugs. You can also add the beer to the soil in your garden, the yeast will help your plants grow stronger and greener.
Now armed with a new appreciation for flat beer I have vowed to never pour out that lonely bottle. After all, that bottle has many uses around the house and garden.
P.S. If you have any other uses for beer please leave a comment. I would love to see all of the great ideas.