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Old 08-01-2009, 08:33 PM   #11
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Ok some good suggestions here but not quite applicable for me - I live in the middle of the city, no gardens. I don't even have a yard debris thing at my condos, but maybe I can use those brown bags? Don't really have a way to dry the stuff either. I am producing too much grain (10-30lbs/wk) to be posting on craigslist everytime. With all the brewers in portland, perhaps we should be pooling our spent grain at a local recycler and they could guide it to a better end.

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Old 08-01-2009, 08:40 PM   #12
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Ok some good suggestions here but not quite applicable for me - I live in the middle of the city, no gardens. I don't even have a yard debris thing at my condos, but maybe I can use those brown bags? Don't really have a way to dry the stuff either. I am producing too much grain (10-30lbs/wk) to be posting on craigslist everytime. With all the brewers in portland, perhaps we should be pooling our spent grain at a local recycler and they could guide it to a better end.
Holy cats you brew a lot. I'm a bit jealous. Got no clue what to do with your grains. When Iw as an extract brewer, I could make bread with all of it, but now that I'm AG (and a renter), I throw it out, too, and wish I had a better option. Luckily the trash gets picked up on Fridays and I brew on the weekend, so that heavy-ass bag is at the bottom of the can, making sure it doesn't tip over.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #13
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build a giant bird feeder....

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Old 08-02-2009, 01:37 AM   #14
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You could find a local brewery (I don't know where in NW you are) that already gets rid of its spent grains and see if they'll take 'em. They probably get paid for it as is, and shouldn't be opposed to a little more.

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Old 08-02-2009, 12:15 PM   #15
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Here on Long Island our local Township runs a compost facility that will accept organic matter. They compost it and make the compost free for all residents. I routinely drop off my grains and grass clipping off at the facility. The compost is really nice. You can't purchase compost this nice.

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Old 08-02-2009, 12:26 PM   #16
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You could get worms....
It sounds like you brew a ton. Why not grow your own hops in containers? You can get a cheap plastic rubbermade and poke some holes in it and use the grain for worm composting and BAM you have your own hops, solve the grain problem and get to see the look on people's faces when you tell them you have worms.

And what about community gardens? we have one here around the corner that has an open compost heap. Maybe see if there's one close by and maybe you can get some produce from somebody out of it.

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Old 08-02-2009, 03:17 PM   #17
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I have been using mine recently in all my beds, it makes a nice mulch, and smells good when you water.
That's what I do - awesome option for those with a garden.

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Ok some good suggestions here but not quite applicable for me - I live in the middle of the city, no gardens. I don't even have a yard debris thing at my condos, but maybe I can use those brown bags? Don't really have a way to dry the stuff either. I am producing too much grain (10-30lbs/wk) to be posting on craigslist everytime. With all the brewers in portland, perhaps we should be pooling our spent grain at a local recycler and they could guide it to a better end.
Post a CL ad stating that you'll have grain once a week and how much - you almost certainly have a nearby gardner who'd love a source of awesome composting material.

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You could get worms....
Seriously - awesome idea. You'll need to build the worms up to the volume you produce, but worms LOVE spent grain. You'd have NO problem SELLING the finished worm compost for a pretty penny.
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:46 AM   #18
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How long will the grains stink? As a newb AG brewer I had no way to get rid of them so i tossed them in the flower bed and raked them smooth, it stinks to high heaven, you can be on the other side of my house and it still stinks. I think I'm going to have to bury them tomorrow or something.

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:47 AM   #19
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I was wondering if the grains can be dried by putting them in a pan in the oven, though I don't know how long that would have to go for...

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:14 AM   #20
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Portland's known for it's great curbside compost program. If you live in a condo or apt and don't have a city supplied rolltainer maybe you could talk a neighbor into letting you use theirs. Otherwise I'd put in a call to the city's solid waste division and ask where their commercial compost goes and if you can take it there yourself.

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