Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

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Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby James L » Friday Jul 27, 2007 3:52 pm

I was wondering whether anyone has tried adding beer instead of water when making gravy, or substituted beer for water when making up a stock for a soup when using stock cubes?

My mate tends to put vegemite in his gravy when making it, and occasionally put a tablespoon of vegemite in a casserole to boost the flavours, and i thought this could work the same way....

Any ideas?
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Postby KEG » Friday Jul 27, 2007 4:15 pm

definitely. a bit of stout for a beef or lamb gravy is great :D
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Postby Kevnlis » Friday Jul 27, 2007 4:20 pm

Beer and lemon chicken is one of my favourite dishes. With the juices you can use a bit of gravy mix and make the most amazing gravy you have ever had ;)

A simple pilsner or lager is best for this. I usually do it in the slow cooker. Simply dump a 375ml bottle over the top of it drizzle with olive oil and herbs then top with sliced lemons. Cook all day (only really need a couple hours but more is better) remove the juices and reduce with a bit of gravy mix in a saucepan.
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Postby mobydick » Friday Jul 27, 2007 6:34 pm

A stubby of stout is really good in a pot roast or stew (errr I mean ragout) :lol:
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Postby wildschwein » Friday Jul 27, 2007 10:05 pm

Beer works well in gravy. Generally, I would recommend adding a little sugar to the gravy just to balance the bitterness of the beer. Messing around with different types of brews gives interesting varaitions in the final gravy.
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Postby Whroobushy » Saturday Sep 29, 2007 6:05 pm

Beer n Lemon Chicken sounds good, have to try that one.
Thing is we love the slow cooker. :D
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby drsmurto » Wednesday Jun 18, 2008 3:54 pm

Was making bangers and mash the other day and decided to test this out.

Caramelised 2 onions (oil, butter, sugar and onions) for 45 mins.

Added 300mL dark ale, 300 mL of light beef stock and a bay leaf. Simmered for 20 mins until i had a rich glossy gravy.

And last night my partner made a bloody nice irish stew that was dead simple.

Lamb forequarter chops
Carrots, big chunks
Spuds, big chunks
Leek, 1cm thick slices
Vegie stock
Sprig of thyme
Salt and pepper

Cooked for 2 hours.

Washed down with enough guinness (HB) to class me as a binge drinker...... :twisted:
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby PaulSteele » Friday Aug 22, 2008 2:05 am

I just thought I'd add that I substitute beer anytime water is asked for.

Beer > Water
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Tipsy » Friday Aug 22, 2008 4:12 pm

PaulSteele wrote:I just thought I'd add that I substitute beer anytime water is asked for.

Beer > Water


Boiling an egg :?: :wink:
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Chris » Friday Aug 22, 2008 7:04 pm

Filling you car radiator?
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Chris » Friday Aug 22, 2008 7:04 pm

And what about topping up your pool?
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby KEG » Friday Aug 22, 2008 10:35 pm

Chris wrote:And what about topping up your pool?

pool full of beer? hell yes!
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Chris » Saturday Aug 23, 2008 7:46 am

You'd have to drink it in a hurry! Or keep it chilled. And I'm not swimming in 8*C pilsner.
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby drtom » Saturday Aug 23, 2008 11:17 am

At least no one would be able to tell if you... Oh, never mind.

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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Chris » Saturday Aug 23, 2008 12:23 pm

drtom wrote:At least no one would be able to tell if you... Oh, never mind.


It's not VB! :mrgreen:
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Re: Substituting beer for water when making gravy...?

Postby Biernut » Sunday Sep 14, 2008 7:58 am

Will have to suggest this topic to our local water carrier next time we need him to fill our water tanks up :wink:
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