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Old 04-22-2009, 02:08 PM   #11
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Also makes good bread and dog biscuits and I'm sure there are tons of other things I haven't tried yet.
Make sure there is no hops just grains.
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Brewing removes most of the carbohydrates, but leaves the protein behind. Good for chickens, even better for animals that can digest cellulose.

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How about horses? Do they eat spent grain?

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Old 04-23-2009, 01:40 AM   #14
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Ok - I have a good friend who raises chickens and would probably love to have my spent grains. How do I go about handling the hot grains after the mash? Gut instinct says to just spread em out on a tarp or something to dry - am I on the right track?

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:42 AM   #15
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Ok - I have a good friend who raises chickens and would probably love to have my spent grains. How do I go about handling the hot grains after the mash? Gut instinct says to just spread em out on a tarp or something to dry - am I on the right track?
You can spray the grains with some cold water and let them run off to cool them
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If you don't feed them within a few hours you will regret the smell. Drying them will solve that issue.
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I gave my friends some of the spent grain for them to take to the farm. The chickens wouldn't touch it, the horses didn't like it, but the cows loved it. The animals are picky eaters, just like the owners.

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I vote yes

I just wish the hell they would stand back a bit, at least one gets a back full every time.



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Old 04-23-2009, 02:30 PM   #18
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Make sure there is no hops just grains.
Wrong.

OSU is working with local chicken farmers on substituting hops for antibiotics. So far the results have been excellent.
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Wrong.

OSU is working with local chicken farmers on substituting hops for antibiotics. So far the results have been excellent.
I think he was talking about making the dog treats and making sure your dog doesn't eat the hops. Im not sure if that is true either but I have read not to give dogs hops.
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Ok - I have a good friend who raises chickens and would probably love to have my spent grains. How do I go about handling the hot grains after the mash? Gut instinct says to just spread em out on a tarp or something to dry - am I on the right track?

I just add a bit of cold water to the MLT, and set it aside until I get the boil going. Then I carry it up to the coop and dump it straight on the ground. Chickens love it.......they go nuts. I free range them......but when they see the MLT coming......they all fight to get into the coop where they know it'll get dumped more often then not.

If I'm doing a lot of batches over a weekend........I'll dump it in the yard in front of the coop and spread it with a rake.

Only reason to dry it is if you want to store it and use it as a feed supplement over time. I just give it to mine all at once.....and they will gorge on it. I currently have about 30 adults, and 20 juvies......they eat a 10lb grain bill of spent grains in about 3 hours.......then they just lay around and squirt out eggs for the next 3 or 4 days........won't even touch their scratch, wheat, oats, or flax seed. I always get the best egg production following a grain binge like that........easily 1 per hen per 22-24 hrs.

We use no layer mash/antibiotics or any non grain supplement. They are free range and all grain fed plus fresh veggies and alphalfa and timothy hay for production of high Omega content etc. My brew grains are like their big treat.
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