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Old 03-10-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Aside from making a yeast starter (I think. Still learning and may have misread something) is there anything else I can use the trub for? SWMBO asked me that and it got me thinking.


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Old 03-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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trub is the coagulated stuff left over after the boil. you would not want to use it in a starter. I think you may actually be referring to the yeast cake thats left over after primary fermentation. In that case, there are a couple of different ways you can store that yeast - some people will "clean" it, which i have never done - and store it.

Something you may be more interested in if you are doing AG brewing is making doggie treats with the spent grain. I saw someone on here do that!


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Old 03-10-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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Trub is useless except for harvesting yeast for re-use. It's a fairly easy process and there is a sticky on the fermentation and yeast section:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/yea...strated-41768/

As mentioned above, trub is hot break, cold break, hop break, and live and dead yeast that settle on the bottom of your fermenter. The only thing brewers want out of that is the yeast.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Mine goes into compost after yeast harvesting.
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Something you may be more interested in if you are doing AG brewing is making doggie treats with the spent grain. I saw someone on here do that!
If you use extract kits that contain specialty grains you can use those to make doggie treats or you could try making an "artisan" loaf of whole grain bread...that's something I'm experimenting with at the moment
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If you use extract kits that contain specialty grains you can use those to make doggie treats or you could try making an "artisan" loaf of whole grain bread...that's something I'm experimenting with at the moment
The spent grain is lower in calories since the sugars are extracted so they are perfect for low cal breads. I've even heard of breweries selling spent grain to bakeries to offset costs. And I've made the doggie treats, they are awesome and I even nibble on one every so often. Just make sure they are very dry as grain tends to mold quickly.
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I started dumping it on my compost pile.
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Make marmite or vegimite. Probably have to do a decent rinse as AFAIK they use the yeast fraction and not the break. If I liked the stuff I would do it. It could be quite interesting using odd yeasts like heffe, belgian, saison..... Could make for an interesting taste relative to the standard stuff.
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+1 to compost heaps


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