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Old 09-09-2010, 06:36 PM   #21
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My hens are enjoying the spent grains from my first all grain batch as we speak.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:52 PM   #22
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I put what they can't eat in one day in zip lock bags in the fridge and they stay fresh long enough to make use of all the grain.

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I just let the grains cool, while I brew, then dump them for the chickens. They go nuts and make a big mess of the grains.

I did get a double yolker last week. I have to see if it is the day after I fed them the grain. . .

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I give mine to the local zoo, the deer love it.

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I think you need to use it quickly. Day old mash leftovers smell like a combination of wet-dog, feet, and a hint of beer.

The oven is probably the only way to dry it fast enough to not deal with the odor.

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I think you need to use it quickly. Day old mash leftovers smell like a combination of wet-dog, feet, and a hint of beer.

The oven is probably the only way to dry it fast enough to not deal with the odor.
It does go bad quickly- but it can be frozen. I've never dried it in the oven, just either given to the dog/deer/whatever while still wet, or froze it right away.
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Mixed about 1 1/2 lbs. of the stuff with fertilizer and spread it around 2 new fruit trees this week. Stuff's like duct tape!

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I dump it in their run as soon as I'm done with it...they figure out its hot pretty quick and take care not to jump on the hottest part of the pile and start working in from the outside. They eat it up faster than anything.

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I think you need to use it quickly. Day old mash leftovers smell like a combination of wet-dog, feet, and a hint of beer.

The oven is probably the only way to dry it fast enough to not deal with the odor.
It really does keep well just refrigerated as soon as it cools or you can freeze as suggested. I would say at least a week refrigerated.
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I've made some contacts with chicken farmers here in Brooklyn (yes, we do have them) exactly for this purpose. I got tired of seeing all that perfectly good biomass going to the landfill. I have several different contacts now and on any given brew day I can be pretty much assured that one of them will be available to come pick up my spent grains. From what they have all told me, the chickens go crazy over this stuff.

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