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Old 07-24-2007, 08:04 PM   #11
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I threw some on the garden and my SWMBO almost killed me. I didn't spread it out so by the time it came to plant it was a nasty slimy rotting mess.

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Old 07-24-2007, 08:15 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by mattreba
Trash? Really? Doesn't everyone compost? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. And for Pete's sake reduce some landfill and compost. We share a 4'x4'x4' bin with the neighbors. It's basically 4 pallets tacked together. i turn it every other month or so and the compost is great for my hops and garden.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:20 PM   #13
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I add my spent grains to the compost pile, where they quickly become infested with maggots and attract wasps. I try not to go near it for at least two weeks after dumping them in there.

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Old 07-24-2007, 10:36 PM   #14
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yeah...i live in oakland. can't really have a compost pile. have to throw mine in the garbage. i figure it helps the other stuff decompose faster, anyway
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:34 PM   #15
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What I've been doing all summer is dumping them in the empty flower bed and re-covering it with black plastic to keep weeds down. Come fall I intend to turn all of that rotted stuff into the dirt, add some new topsoil, and plant some things appropriate for that time of year like a hydrangea bush. No matter how bad I screw it up nothing can look as bad as the overgrown crap that had become of it when we first moved into this place.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:08 AM   #16
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I take mine down by the river where the ducks hang out. I assume the ducks are eating it because I always check the next day and nothing is ever there. Of course it could be a deer or something finding it, but who cares some animal is enjoying it.
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Default What ELSE not to do with spent grains

1. Put the spent grains in the compost heap
2. Dump a ton of grassclippings onto previous spent grains and water it down
3. Wait a month to turn the pile
4. Wait until it's been the hottest week of the year to turn it
5. Turn the forgotten grains with a pitchfork until the green cloud of mouldy doom wafts in your face
6. Enjoy the aroma!
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as per SWMBO request NEVER am I to toss them in the green waste container that the city comes and collects again. I like the spread on the gress idea I will have to try that. how much can you put down? when we brew we have Oh maybe 55+ LBS of grain is that to much???? in a normal size lawn maybe 1000sf
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:11 PM   #19
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I just leave them out by the bird feeder....the little critters gobble them down, and I smell nothing!
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I just bought a rotating composter, looks like a truck tire, but solid. I hope that being able to mix it will keep the smell down.

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