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Old 12-20-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Just curious - I keep a compost bin. Is there any issue with composting spent grain/hops/trub?

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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No issue with putting the spent grain in there. If you don't have any dogs, then its safe to toss the hop trub in too.

My brew buddy and I toss all our spent grain into his compost bins every brew-day. Seems to break down really well and makes even better soil.

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Nope! Awesome for composting. Just be aware, the grain reeks to high heaven for a day or so if its warm & moist. (Sour mash, anyone?)

Also, if you have a dog, keep it away from hops - HIGHLY toxic to some breeds.

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Mine gets spread right on the garden. Turn it into the soil as needed.

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Nope! Awesome for composting. Just be aware, the grain reeks to high heaven for a day or so if its warm & moist. (Sour mash, anyone?)

Also, if you have a dog, keep it away from hops - HIGHLY toxic to some breeds.
The compost heap is enclosed, though I'm sure some drippings will be out there. Just to be safe I may keep them out though - I have a greyhound, and they don't have the most mass to spread something across should he happen to get ahold of it. Grain it is!
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I just found mice in our compost pile, I assume the spent grains are a buffet for them.

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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I just found mice in our compost pile, I assume the spent grains are a buffet for them.
As an upside, mouse poop is a buffet for plants! The cirrrrrrrrrrcle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife!
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Toss them in but also add some shredded leaves or other brown material and you won't have the stink problem.

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Toss them in but also add some shredded leaves or other brown material and you won't have the stink problem.
you said "brown material"
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I think this stuff makes great fertilizer. I dump it right on my hop plants and right on my garden.

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