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Old 09-01-2009, 04:14 AM   #21
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You could try putting an ad on craigslist for anyone to come pick it up. Someone else might want to compost it or feed it to their chickens or other livestock.
I've tried twice to put spent grain on craigslist and i only get emails back saying to effect, "screw the grain, how about the beer?" I don't do that anymore.


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Old 09-01-2009, 04:22 AM   #22
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How long will the grains stink? As a newb AG brewer I had no way to get rid of them so i tossed them in the flower bed and raked them smooth, it stinks to high heaven, you can be on the other side of my house and it still stinks. I think I'm going to have to bury them tomorrow or something.
The birds having been feasting on 20lb of grain in my backyard. If they could talk they be saying thanks man! They dried out pretty quick and I don't smell anything bad at all.


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Old 09-01-2009, 04:38 AM   #23
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How long will the grains stink? As a newb AG brewer I had no way to get rid of them so i tossed them in the flower bed and raked them smooth, it stinks to high heaven, you can be on the other side of my house and it still stinks. I think I'm going to have to bury them tomorrow or something.
Water the bed pretty well and it will rinse everything out of the grain, there's bacteria feasting on the left over sugar. Mine never smells too bad though, and I kinda like the sweetish smell I get when I water.
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I finally have a solution to this problem! The nearest local brewery (5 blocks!) said I can dump my grains in their compost bins. They get sent to a pig farm. This is great and super easy. I just fill up a 5gal bucket, take it over there and I'm done.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:48 PM   #25
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Those must be some very regular pigs.
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Could you use a ton of left-over grain and make more beer with it? It might not be any good to you, but you could push it off on people or sell it cheap to your friends.
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I used to dump mine in my garden until one day I saw my dag eating the dirt. He likes grain. Nice and sweet.

Horses and rodents can not digest the grain. Pigs LOVE it.

Most brewery's sell their spent grain to pig farms!
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:58 PM   #28
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I used to dump mine in my garden until one day I saw my dag eating the dirt. He likes grain. Nice and sweet.

Horses and rodents can not digest the grain. Pigs LOVE it.

Most brewery's sell their spent grain to pig farms!
I feed spent grain to my horses. They love it. In fact, they have figured out when they smell the wort boiling, they start hanging around.
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Their worry is that while barly is good, cooked crushed barly can be very bad

It should never be crushed to finely and when cooked, it's generally best to do so without crushing or rolling.

The result can be a gluggy mass of food that runs the risk of packing down in a horse's stomach and triggering a colic attack. Like many grains, it simply does not have the bulk that a forage diet provides - and that is bulk critical to the normal function of a horse's digestive tract.
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personally i'm a big fan of just tossing the grain in the trash and letting the trash man take it away. it cant be any worse than whats already in there. but i do like globeboxxr's idea of making dog snacks out of it.


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