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Old 05-13-2007, 01:36 AM   #1
Mar 2007
Tigard, Oregon
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Has anyone ever used their spent grains for garden mulch or some kind of fertilizer? Will they work for that or is there even a good use for them? I live in the city and don't want to just keep putting them in the trash.


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Old 05-13-2007, 01:39 AM   #2
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I dump all my spent grain and hops in my garden. Also, if you do a search there are a number of recipes for spent grain bread.

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Old 05-13-2007, 01:40 AM   #3
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Mine go in the compost pile for next springs garden

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Old 05-13-2007, 02:05 AM   #4
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I was wondering if you couldn't roast them dry and save them to use instead of rice hulls in a wheat mash.
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:54 AM   #5
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Critters and bugs like the grains because of the sugar. If you live in the city, I wouldnt keep them. Especially hops, they can kill dogs (and Im assuming other animals) if ingested. Find a farm with horses or pigs, animals LOVE the spent grains! But, in the city, dont keep them.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:16 AM   #6
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When I worked at a Ubrew I used to cart the spent grains out back where a local farmer would pick them up for his cows.

That's a good use for spent grains, but that's also about 18 times as much as your typical imperial five gallon batch will produce.

I suppose if you sanitised those grains in a pressure cooker you could use them to cultivate magic mushrooms. (haven't tried it yet)

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Old 05-13-2007, 04:18 AM   #7
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I take mine out and spread them on hot rocks in front of my house. They are completely gone by the next day.

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Old 05-14-2007, 01:35 AM   #8
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:37 AM   #9
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Nothing seems to like my spent grains. I throw them out back of my house next to the timber with hopes all the deer and turkeys that live out there will come up and feed. So far, it does nothing but attract wood roaches. The squirrels won't even come near them. My dogs run through them, fall down, and get covered with grain goo.

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Old 05-14-2007, 11:15 AM   #10
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Here in LA we got no chickens or pigs (except for the Farmer John slaughter house). I thought I'd try the mulch trick around a rose and the next day I was nearly over run by a swarm of knats!! Its the tightly sealed trash can from now on

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