Use this tag for questions about techniques, equipment and ingredients used in serving beer, as well as non-alcoholic substitutes ("near-beer").

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How to chill beer quickly?

We all know the situation. The party is about to begin, it's really hot outside and we forget to put the beer (or similar drink) into the fridge... What is your way to chill beer really fast?
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Can you make a sauce with beer?

Usually when there is alcohol in a recipe, it's wine. Why isn't there more beer? I've only ever seen it used in beer batters. Can beer be made into sauces or other uses? Do ales, lagers, or stouts ...
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Why did my grandfather-in-law salt his beer?

My grandfather-in-law was born in England in the 1920s and fought in World War II. Somewhere along the line he acquired the habit of salting his beer before drinking it, which persisted for the rest ...
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Am I missing something with Beer Can chicken?

I've tried beer can chicken a few times, BBQ and in the oven, but it doesn't seem overly special to me. I am not sure if I should also be covering the chicken with some kind of sauce, but the chicken ...
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Why is the alcohol content in British beer so weak?

I am a Brit married into a French family, so there has obviously been some teasing and so-on over the years about the relative merits of the two cooking cultures :P I recently took my wife's uncle to ...
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Some recipies call for beer to be added, but why?

I've seen some recipies that call for a can of beer to be added, but never have I seen them specify a specific kind or brand. That leads me to believe its less for flavor and more for chemical ...
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Is Beer Can Chicken safe?

Some time ago I've read about Beer Can Chicken. I've never heard of this in my area, but it seems (and looks) tasty! So I would like to give it a try. There is just one thing that worries me: Is it ...
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Beer batter fish, keeping the breading from peeling right off while eating?

A few months back I made beer-batter fish. I don't remember the exact recipe I used but I think I got it from foodnetwork.com. I fried in vegetable oil at 350. Everything came out OK, but the ...
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How to make deep fried beer?

I remember reading about the 2010 Texas State Fair "Most Creative" deep-fried food winner, who made fried beer. The news stories I've read were all published around that time (August 2010), where Mark ...
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How to Pair for Beer Tastings

I am no sommelier, however I understand that while drinking or tasting wines a suitable matching food-stuff (be it a cheese, herb, etc) should be paired to fully engage the drink. Is there a similar ...
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What kind of beer for beer bread?

Beer bread is bread wherein beer is used for liquid and leavening. I tend to use a basic pilsner, but I'm a beer snob, and I've taken to wondering what would happen if I substituted something a little ...
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How is beer classified into different types?

How is beer classified into different types? Can the types of beer be arranged in a hierarchy with "ales" and "lagers" at the top? Are there beers that do not fall under either category or some that ...
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Are N2O and CO2 chargers interchangeable for culinary purposes?

Cream whippers seem to use N2O chargers. Soda siphons seem to use CO2 chargers. But both chargers appear to be physically identical. The MyPressi espresso device, which uses chargers to force water ...
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How to thicken Chili without compromising flavor

I enjoy adding beer to a pot of chili for taste, but at times find the end result is too soupy. What's a good way to thicken it without overcooking or compromising the flavor?
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What's different between canned beer and bottled beer?

Beer produced by large breweries has long been sold in cans, but I've noticed recently that more craft beers are appearing sold in cans as well. Why might they be choosing cans over bottles? Is there ...
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What temperature are dark beers (stouts and nut browns) supposed to be consumed at?

I remember reading somewhere that certain beers are supposed to be drunk much closer to room temperature than most people drink them for optimal flavor. Specifically stout beers and nut brown ales ...
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What role does alcoholic liquid play in cheese fondue recipes?

Pretty much every recipe I've seen for cheese fondue includes either white wine (sometimes alongside kirsch/brandy) or some kind of beer in the delicious cheesy sauce. Why is the added liquid ...
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Beer instead of Seltzer in tempura?

I have a tempura recipe I want to try, however it calls for "Very cold seltzer". Since I'm not a fan of seltzer normally, I don't have any on hand. However, I do have a bottle of beer left from when I ...
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Could I use beer instead of/as well as water in my sourdough?

The sourdough recipe I use calls for 300ml of water to 500g of bread flour (along with the starter). Instead of this water, could I use beer - or a combination of beer and water? The reason I thought ...
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What kind of beer for beer brats?

I have a package of bratwurst that I am going to cook within the next few days. The only two beers I have in the fridge are a stout and a lager. I'm sure I could use the lager and it would turn out ...
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The Opposite of How to Chill Beer Quickly

Recently I had occasion to put @Kevin Selker 's answer to the test in terms of rapidly chilling beer. However, we uncovered a problem the next morning where people had taken beer and thrown it in the ...
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Does beer in bread retard the yeast?

I want to make a bread with a stout in it for extra flavor. The stout will replace most of the liquid content of the bread and I am worried whether it will kill the yeast due to the alcohol (4% ...
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What can I substitute for lager beer in a chili recipe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good substitions for alcohol in cooking? My Husband is a recovering alcoholic. One of our favorite slow cooker chili recipes calls for using Lager beer. ...
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Can I use flavored beers in beer bread?

I'm making beer bread and only have blue moon or leineys lemon shandy. Would these work without a fruity flavor overpowering the bread?
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A recipe calls for Brown Ale, I didn't want to use beer, are there any substitutions?

Here is the recipe - I didn't want to use Beer, any help? 3 lb chuck steak, cut into 2-inch chunks ***1-1/4 pints Liefmans Goudenband*** 2 Tbsp peanut oil 1 oz butter 1 oz brown sugar 1 Tbsp ...
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What makes alcohol-free beer sweet?

Yesterday, I had a can of alcohol free beer which tasted almost like normal beer, just without the alcohol bite. Practically any other alcohol free beer I've had has a different taste. They all are ...
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Is foreigner-grade VB sold within Australia?

As a gift, a friend of mine was given a collection of Australiana. It included some iconic Australian foods, some other knick-knacks, and a can of Victoria Bitter. I suspect that they're from a single ...
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Beer Batter - let it rest before using or use immediately?

I just purchased a deep fryer and have been looking at different recipes for making beer batter. I noticed that some instruct you to let the batter sit for a number of hours before using it to coat ...
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Help with a chili recipe: need help on fruit/sweet selection

Follow up to Bean Selection I am planning on making a new chili using grilled venison, Great Lakes Black Out Stout, and roasted corn. There was a sister thread to this about deciding on a bean. Thanks ...
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Deep frying - beer batter vs. bread crumbs

@Joe thank you for answering my earlier question! After an epic fail trying to deep fry beer battered zucchini (ended up with a beer battered pancake-like blob with some zucchini slices on top) I ...
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Cooking with barleywine

Given that barleywine is a strong ale, is it suitable in recipes which call for ale, or does the extra alcohol and stronger flavor overwhelm the recipe? I realize the answer will be "it depends" if ...
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What I can use to replace black beer on roast recipe?

I have a "basic" recipe for roast beef that uses 1 bottle of black beer as an ingredient. I am looking for a non-alcoholic ingredient to replace it because my parents don't drink alcohol and I ...
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How to do a beer-butt chicken?

A friend of mine told me how great Beer-Butt Chicken is. Apparently you take a chicken and beer flavors it in well, the butt. How can I cook the chicken like that while keeping the beer in the ...
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What is more difficult to make: beer or wine? [closed]

I would like to know, in your opinion, what is harder to produce: wine or beer. I mean, including all the steps: planting grapes or barley, taking care of them, collecting, making, etc... the whole ...
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Uses for cheap beer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one find recipes given an ingredient rather than the recipe name? I have found myself saddled with a preponderance of cheap beer that I have no interest in ...