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Old 01-30-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Getting ready to do my first all grain batch and ambitious 10 gallon imperial ipa with a 32 pound grain bill. Any suggestions on what to do with all that spent grain? I live in northern az is there any way livestock, horses etc could eat this?



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Old 01-30-2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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As a guy with woods behind his house, I'm always suprised when i see this question.

My brother brews (in Cali) and feeds a lot of it to his chickens. You need to do something pretty quick with it.... 1 or 2 days and it's a sour mash.

Don't try to force it down your garbage disposal. Lots of clogged pipe threads about that.



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Old 01-30-2012, 02:31 AM   #3
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Livestock yes, I have fed it to dear, chickens and you can even make dog biscuits. I compost quite a bit of mine, the garden never looked better.

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Definitely search for the dog biscuit thread if you have a dog.

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Definitely search for the dog biscuit thread if you have a dog.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/spent-grain-make-your-best-friend-cookies-87097/
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I've done the dog treats, but even a pound or two of steeping grains makes a lot. Some people use in bread, but again, doesn't take much. You may be hard pressed to use 32 pounds in any kind of cooking. COmposting would be good, but may attract unwanted varmits.

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I dump mine into the back of a cemetery across the street from my house. Maybe the ghosts make small beer with it?

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There are plenty of threads on this very topic. I see it pop up here every week. In every single thread you will hear about making dog treats and bread. While I imagine dog treats would give your dog gas I really haven't tried it. I don't see taking 4 cups of grain making much of a dent in a 32# grain bill.I know some people can dump in the yard and compost, some dump in a empty area around the house. I compost some, spread some in the yard, but mostly put the bulk in the garbage. From April through November I have yard waste pick up and dump them with my yard waste. From December through March I have no choice but to dump into the garbage. I figure I'm adding some compost to the garbage dump.

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Dump it in the garden.

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Compost for your hop plants.



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