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Old 04-06-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Bird Feeder Using Spent Grains?

Now that I started all grain brewing, the wife and I are looking for ways to use the spent grains. We found the dog treat thread and already set some spent grain aside from my first all grain batch for our Yellow Lab. The rest will just go into our compost pile for the garden.

But we found a "recipe" for bird feeders that called for a 1:1 ratio of all natural peanut butter and "seeds or corn meal". Do you cats think that we could substitute some or all of the seeds and corn meal with spent grains? I know wild birds can be subject to digestive problems with human "help", and we don't want to hurt our little avian friends.

I searched the forums and didn't find anything. So if this has ben asked before, maybe a quick link to a different thread would be most appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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I don't know how it would work, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea to me at all.

I'm subscribed to see what others think as well. May be a good way to discard lots of grain and keep the dog from ****ting granola bars!

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You could even mix it with melted lard or crisco to make suet bars. Just make sure the fat is cooled,but still liquid. Here's a link for human foods using spent grains; http://brooklynbrewshop.com/themash/...pentgrainchef/

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Sounds like a great idea. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this thread. My only thought on it though, would be are we leaving enough nutritional value in the grains when we are done with them? Never thought of it for Dog treats because it's just a treat, but I wouldn't want to fill the birds up with stuff that isn't giving them enough energy. I supposed the peanut butter would be that nutritional additive though.

This would be great if it's a go though.

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I really like making spent grain bread to eat...its pretty darn good (although really doesnt use up much spent grain, unless you eat a ton of bread)

As far as the bird feed goes you would need to dry it somehow. You are going to use a lot of energy drying it in the oven, dehydrator, etc. Spent grain molds really quickly if left soggy!

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I really like making spent grain bread to eat...its pretty darn good (although really doesnt use up much spent grain, unless you eat a ton of bread)

As far as the bird feed goes you would need to dry it somehow. You are going to use a lot of energy drying it in the oven, dehydrator, etc. Spent grain molds really quickly if left soggy!
With warmer weather coming up in the midwest, I'd probably just be spreading it out on a tarp in the back yard to dry in the sun. If it gets eaten by critters during that process, all the better then.

But yeah, drying the stuff in the oven would probably counteract most of the environmental niceness you are trying to do.
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There's a recipe in the link for drying it in the oven. I wanna try the spent grain pretzel buns. After you dry the grains for storage,you measure out the amount called for in the bun recipe & grind it into flour in a food processor. I also find it takes quite a bit of sparging to rinse all the goodies out. According to what they say on the page,I think I'm right.

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I really like making spent grain bread to eat...its pretty darn good (although really doesnt use up much spent grain, unless you eat a ton of bread)

As far as the bird feed goes you would need to dry it somehow. You are going to use a lot of energy drying it in the oven, dehydrator, etc. Spent grain molds really quickly if left soggy!
do you have that bread recipe
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You could even mix it with melted lard or crisco to make suet bars. Just make sure the fat is cooled,but still liquid. Here's a link for human foods using spent grains; http://brooklynbrewshop.com/themash/...pentgrainchef/
I clicked the link and thank you so much! The very last recipe at the bottom of the page is the "how to dry spent grains". Also some of the recipes are great!

It was mentioned earlier about the nutritional value of spent grains for the birds. I am going to get a hold of the WA State Dept of Wildlife and see what one of their biologists say about it.

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That'd be interesting to find out what they know. I saw a video on youtube today where they showed them using it for cow feed. The spent grains from breweries is mixed with corn & hay. All sort of chopped & dumped in long troughs. They say it makes them gain weight fast right before processing.

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