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Old 04-06-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default What do you do with your spent grains?

Chuck em in the trash? Compost pile? Just wondering what everyone else does with the grains the use.

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I have been throwing them out on the two all grain batches that I have done so far. I'm new to brewing so I don't have any answers but I feel that composting them would have to be advantageous. I just have not done so because I don't know if it makes good composte. I would assume it would..... right?

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I would think so, I don't have a compost box or bin, so I have actually spread mine on my rose beds. But after several batches, I think I should lay off of that. I have raked the grains in with my mulch there, but there is an odor issue sometimes.

I am just trying to figure out what else to do with the stuff, I have been ramping up my production schedule, and I don't want to throw the grain away if there is a good use for it.

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I dump them into my garden spot and will turn them under if the ground will ever get dry. Then I will sart a compost pile.

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:01 AM   #5
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I've heard of people making dog treats out of them. Also have seen pictures of people putting them out for wildlife, deer and such.

I made a few PM batches when I had my squirrel and he seemed to enjoy the hell out of them...

I'd put a picture of'em but I'm not so sure I know how to do that.. And I might be a little

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:11 AM   #6
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compost bin

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:11 AM   #7
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I've been making bread with them. I'm still doing extract batches, so I don't have much grain. Also, so far lighter grains (from Pale Ale) have done better than grain from making Stout. I really like it, but I like multigrain bread.

My basic recipe is:
what was 1/2 lb grain before it got used
about 6oz water + 1tbsp sugar + bread yeast (starter)
about 1/2 tsp salt
about 2 tbsp honey
enough wheat flour to make it into dough (approx 3 1/2 cups)

Activate the yeast. Grind the spent grains in a food processor (not necessary, just improves texture). Mix everything except the flour together. Slowly add flour until you've got bread dough. Knead for a while, adding flour as needed. Put it in a loaf pan with some oil (coat all sides) and let rise for about an hour. Bake for 35 minutes at 375F. Eat.

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I may have to try making some of that bread!

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Seattle just started putting out food waste pick up bins. I made some dog treats out of the last batch and the rest now goes into the bin.

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just have not done so because I don't know if it makes good composte. I would assume it would..... right?
It makes GREAT compost...breaks down very quickly, into rich black soil. We throw all of our kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, etc. in there too, as well as some leaves and finely shredded paper. Even the corn starch packing peanuts that NorthernBrewer uses go into the pile!

Other spent grains uses commonly cited on this site include:

Baking into bread. (I replace a cup of wheat flour with a cup of spent grain.)

Baking into dog biscuits, there are a few recipes on the site.

EdWort feeds it to his neighborhood deer, and has photographic evidence of it!
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