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Old 03-29-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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MOD EDIT: To make the thread more clear (removed "yeast").

My friends have a dog, and since I can't ship my homebrew to them, I was wanting to make dog treats for thier dog out of the grain at the bottom of my mash tun.

What is the best way to do this? Just put them in the oven? What temp? etc.

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If you make your friends the Grain Dog Treats. That dog would hold the flashlight for you if you went to rob them. They just plain love them. Well worth the effort. I had one happy dog. Then the treats ran out. Now she just looks at me, as if saying "Time to brew Ron, Time to brew" Somehow my wife just don't understand dog thought.

The store bought treats just don't cut it after she had a taste of the good life.

Stay away from anything with hops in it though. I think they say that could kill a dog.

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My friends have a dog, and since I can't ship my homebrew to them, I was wanting to make dog treats for thier dog out of the yeast at the bottom of my fermenter.

What is the best way to do this? Just put them in the oven? What temp? etc.
I wouldn't use the yeast, it probably has some hops in it which would kill the dog. The treat recipe that somebody put here is good, but triple the peanut butter and add some oil (otherwise it is too dry and crumbles, though they still like it)
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???? Why did I put yeast???? I totally meant Grain!!!!

Thanks for the info.

Does this work if I only steep? I haven't moved up to all grain yet? I usually use about 1 - 2 lbs of grain so I can probably get some out of them, but probably not the full recipe, maybe half right?

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Spent Grain Dog Biscuits
4 cups spent grain
4 cups flour
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Press down into a dense layer on a large cookie sheet. Score almost all the way through into the shapes you want. Bake for about half an hour at 350 F to solidify them. Loosen them from the sheet, break the biscuits apart and return them, loosely spread out on the cookie sheet, to the oven at 225 F for 3 to 4 hours (or until they are really dry) to prevent mold growth. Store in an airtight container to keep them dry and mold-free.

Edit: you can also just turn the oven off after a few hours and leave them in overnight. This works well also.

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Sure, when I brew I just use a bowl and scoop out some grains for the treats. I didn't measure, but I bet it's only a pound or two (well, after they're wet, it's hard to tell because it's much heavier, but it seems like it would only be a couple of pounds of grain).

The rest of the spent grain goes on the compost pile.

My dog LOVES those treats. He goes wild for then- it's definitely his favorite thing.

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My dog spent half an hour in the kitchen, staring at the oven while I started these... They are like crack to dogs...

The only thing I can stress is to make sure they are completely dry when you finish them... If not, they will get moldy...

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Do they need to be dry when you bake them and mix with other ingredients?

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No... They will be somewhat moist when you start them... Just make sure they are dry when you are finished baking them...

Good luck!

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