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Old 08-16-2008, 11:48 PM   #1
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I just throw them away. Today I noticed one of the dogs eating some of the grains that collected on my wooden mash stirrer thing... I'm wondering if I can feed them to the dogs? Is it safe? I'm a bit worried because one of our dogs is a scavenger and eats pretty much everything off the floor. He actually ate a hop pellet and puked green crap everywhere later in the day.

I don't have a horse either. Are grains good for compost? Will birds eat them if I toss them in the lawn? Can I make oatmeal or anything from them? I'm not trying to reduce my carbon footprint or any of that gibberish but maybe there is something better than just tossing these organics away?

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I dump them outside. Birds, rodents, deer etc... love them.

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I dump them next to the salt lick I have out back for the Deer. They don't last long!

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Well, I'm a newbie. But a couple of weeks ago when I made my first AG batch, I just dumped the grains in the big trash bin in the garage, then let them sit in the enclosed space in 85 degree heat for a few days.

I'm thinking of trying a different approach next time.

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My dog gets about a cup of cool spent grain after a brew session- and it's completely safe for him.

I've heard of people making bread with spent grain, but I just dump it on the compost heap. It gets ravaged pretty quickly.

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I eat them. They are very tasty.

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I just throw them away. Today I noticed one of the dogs eating some of the grains that collected on my wooden mash stirrer thing... I'm wondering if I can feed them to the dogs? Is it safe? I'm a bit worried because one of our dogs is a scavenger and eats pretty much everything off the floor. He actually ate a hop pellet and puked green crap everywhere later in the day.

I don't have a horse either. Are grains good for compost? Will birds eat them if I toss them in the lawn? Can I make oatmeal or anything from them? I'm not trying to reduce my carbon footprint or any of that gibberish but maybe there is something better than just tossing these organics away?
I generally dump mine in the compost and some animals appear to eat them. Don't let your dog eat hop pellets as hops are poisonous to dogs!
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I dump my grains in the compost, or use them during deer season for my bait pile.

You can easily make spent grain dog biscuits- spent grain, peanut butter, a little flour to get them to hold together with an egg, and bake until crisp.

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I put mine in the garden and then my dog rolls in them.

Seriously though - you feed them to your dog? I suppose that's OK! Does he fart?

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Well, I'm a newbie. But a couple of weeks ago when I made my first AG batch, I just dumped the grains in the big trash bin in the garage, then let them sit in the enclosed space in 85 degree heat for a few days.

I'm thinking of trying a different approach next time.
That is too funny. I'm laughing my arse off and nearly spit beer all over the monitor. Good luck with your future disposals.
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