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Old 11-09-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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Greetings All,
I just finished my first batch which is now comfortably fermenting.

I'm curious as to what do you guys do with the used grains. My first thought is to toss it into a community compost near my apartment. Google search results say that bread could be baked using these but I cant find anyone whos actual done this.



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Old 11-09-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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These have been a big hit: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/spent-grain-make-your-best-friend-cookies-87097/



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Old 11-09-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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I made some bread with spent grains yesterday. Still haven't perfected it yet, but I just replaced half a cup of flour in a white bread recipe with a cup of spent grains. My advice would be to lay them out and bake the grains at a low temperature first to dry them out though. Both times I've tried making bread with the grains it's turned out a little soggy.

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Old 11-09-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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As above....dog treats and breads (pretzels, bread, pizza crust, etc) is what I've done. I usually put most of them in the compost pile though.

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I put mine in the yard waste for recycling.

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Most of mine end up in compost (nothing I can do to use all the grain from a 10-12 lb batch in 3 weeks to a month). I always save some for bread, though. For most batches, I scoop out four 1 cup scoops & put them in ziploc baggies & stick 'em in the freezer. Whenever I use my bread machine to make bread, I just add a baggie of spent grain to the ingredients. I set the machine for a slightly longer cycle because of the extra grain & it always comes out great. Lots of texture & character added.

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mine go into dog cookies, or into the garden, I just turn them into the soil. excess that I dont use goes to a friend with horses.

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I make bread with 'em. Basically, take a cornbread recipe and swap your spent grains for the cornmeal. Add a little extra flour to make up for the extra moisture the grains contribute.

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All mine go into the compost bin. My roommate maintains a fairly decent sized garden in our back yard and I'm sure he appreciates the additional 30-40 lbs of organic matter that's getting added to it every month.

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I made chocolate chip cookies with some spent grain a couple weeks ago. They were okay, but would've been better without the spent grain.

Going to give the dog biscuit recipe a try next.



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