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Old 08-15-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Left over mash grain

Any one know what to do with left over mash grains.


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Old 08-15-2011, 09:25 PM   #2
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Livestock feed (i have 3 chickens and they will eat about 20% of a 10 gallon batch's grain before it goes bad)
Compost (I give some to the worms, and the rest in the rotating composter from Costco)
I have had some great bread and crackers made from spent grain, but haven't done it myself yet. Reportedly great source of fiber.

Before I had the chicks and Compost, I would scatter the spent grain around the Iceplant. The trick is to get it spread out somewhere before it goes lactic. As long as it is spread out thin, with no anaerobic piles anywhere, it won't get stinky and will mulch/compost nicely. I put it in a trash bag for pickup exactly once.


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Old 08-15-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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My gf just made spent grain cookies based on this recipe with a few modifications

http://www.omnomicon.com/spent-grain-cookies

Cut the peanut butter in half and used walnuts and dried cherries. Freaking awesome. I'm eating one right now with a cup of coffee.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:20 PM   #4
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I have made dog treats and spent grain bread before based off recipes on this site. The dog seems very excited on brew days now.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:28 PM   #5
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I use it along with second runnings for bread. The dogs love the dog treats, and they always look forward to a scoop straight out of the mash tun.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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I have no dogs so it all gets dumped in the compost out back.
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For those of you who make bread or cookies from spent grains, do the husks mellow out? I like to munch on the grains after mashing, but I always have to spit out the husks.

To answer the OP, I'm composting them all right now. Heap is currently a litte overwhelmed.
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For those of you who make bread or cookies from spent grains, do the husks mellow out? I like to munch on the grains after mashing, but I always have to spit out the husks.
In my experience the husks stay as bad or get worse.

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To answer the OP, I'm composting them all right now. Heap is currently a litte overwhelmed.
That's what I do. I've been thinking about dumping them in a pillowcase and throwing it in the dryer to dry and grind into flour. Once I get the chicken coop built that will be the preferred option.
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in the spring time I always give my grains to friends that garden to mix into the soil. In return i get all the fresh veggies I can eat at the end of summer.


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