Home Made Slug Juice for 'Beer Traps'

egnilk66(9 - Southern California)April 11, 2012

I have just tried something new...I made a makeshift quick-beer for the beer traps instead of using good (or even bad) beer. It's MUCH cheaper.

I start with a one gallon cider jug (but any large container should work).

Into that I put some wheat bran and some barley (not totally necessary, but I figure I will sprinkle that around the garden for them to eat once we get to the bottom of the jug (I read that the bran makes them swell....to death). I put a couple table spoons of yeast into the jug with a cup or two of sugar. Then I top that up with lukewarm water. Let that sit for a few days and put it in your beer traps (yogurt cups, etc)

1. Gallon Jug

2. 2 T Yeast...any will do.

3. 2 C sugar (any kind)

4. 1 Cup Bran (not required)

5. 1 Cup whole grain wheat or barley (not required)

This mixture seems to be working just fin! and at the cost of about $2/Gallon.

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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

I'll definitely be trying this! It almost always makes me cry, wasting perfectly good beer. :( Mucho thanks! :)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 11:24PM
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egnilk66(9 - Southern California)

;) My pleasure.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 12:44AM
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gvozdika(8 OR)

This gives me an idea! Sometimes I get quite a bit of hooch in my sourdough starter. It has alcohol. Will it attract slugs? Have to try make a slug trap instead of dumping it in compost. There is an army of them now when it rains. Thanks!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:11PM
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egnilk66(9 - Southern California)

Yes, it should work. Let us know!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 9:41PM
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gvozdika(8 OR)

Finally the first slug or maybe it was an accident. Will try your recipe with sourdough wash out and corn syrup.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:52PM
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livelydirt(Zn 4, Lively, ON)

Hmm... something wrong with my posting here. Check out my post in this forum at "slugs at chard under agribond..."

Here is a link that might be useful: Lively Dirt - The Garden Blog

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 12:01PM
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anita(z5 UT)

I've had *some* success with a molasses/water solution.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 2:42PM
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