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Old 03-31-2009, 11:43 PM   #111
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I don't use grains from my darker beers, just because. No reason, just because.



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Old 04-01-2009, 12:13 AM   #112
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Do you use the grain wet or do you have to dry it in the oven first?



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Old 04-01-2009, 12:45 AM   #113
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Do you use the grain wet or do you have to dry it in the oven first?
Use them wet. Easier to mix. If I can't get to mine right away, they go into a plastic bowl with plastic wrap into the fridge.

Then I take them out and nuke them for about a minute or so to bring back up to room temp.

The only grist I'll avoid is if I have an unusually large amount of rice hulls.

Course...they would take care of that K-9 sphincter itch and save my carpets.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:06 AM   #114
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I make them as I brew, just use them wet as can be, if not you have to add liquid back to the mix.

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Old 04-01-2009, 01:09 AM   #115
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Gawd, I sound like a hill-billy don't I?

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Old 04-01-2009, 02:32 AM   #116
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I give mine to my father, he uses the grains as a natural filter for his Koi pond.

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Old 04-01-2009, 03:29 AM   #117
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I don't be knowin if'n there's a hifone in hillbilly you hillbilly.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:27 PM   #118
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runNaked, how does he use them for a filter? My parents have a Koi pond as well and it would be nice to use the spent grains for this as well.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:26 PM   #119
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These are quite tasty. Wait, these are for the dogs???

Mine was a bit dry when mixing and just crumbles when I give it to the dogs (they are small so I break these in two to give to them). Next time I'll try less flour and dry it longer in the oven.
I found them a bit dry, too. Now I add more egg so there will be more liquid to get a smoother mix. It's messy as hell to work with but they come out way better and more consistent in the end.

Also, I skip the cookie cutter and just score the mixture into 1" squares (like a grid) once it is spread out onto the cookie sheet. If I am patient (HA!) I can get about 128 treats from the few grains I have from a 5 Gallon Extract-w/-Grains recipe...so that's like a pound or 1-1/2 at the most with excellent yeild for the treats.

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One more question... how thick do you usually press the layer in the pan?



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