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Old 10-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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After my recent brew session, I got to pondering on how malt extract is made and what it is used for. After spending more time than I should've Googling the subject, I discovered that malt is used with more frequency in foods than it is in beer. So, there sat a hot pile of freshly sparged grain with plenty of moisture remaining in it, destined for my chickens and the compost heap.

Instead of just lugging it out and dumping it, I squeezed as much moisture as I could possible get out of it and drained that into a soup pan. Then I left it on low heat to evaporate the water, until it became a thick molasses-like syrup...or malt syrup to be exact I suppose.

It is AMAZING!!! Roasted chicken never tasted so good! And I can make an excellent malted milkshake or cold malt and coffee drink. It adds depth and flavor to food, without adding a sugary sweetness. And on chicken and turkey, it gives the skin that rich, chestnut brown glow, while permeating the meat and keeping it juicy. From here on out, I will use every last drop from my grain!

Does anyone else have suggestions for frugal use of spent grain or yeast? Ways to get more bang for the buck, homesteading style.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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SWMBO and I love the smell of grains so much that we're going to make some spent grain candles one of these days. Thought about doing some hop candles, too, but I feel like that would be a waste of hops.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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I've used spent grain to make bread. My family enjoyed it.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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hop candles sound good....or hop soap! I grew some hops this year, but the crop was pretty small being the first season. I expect that I will grow more than I can use at some point. Has anyone done anything with the yeast trub? I'm trying to figure out how to dry it and use it as a supplement to sprinkle on my chicken's food. It's really high in vitamins I guess.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:11 AM   #6
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I've used spent grain to make bread. My family enjoyed it.
That sounds interesting. How do you use it? It seems like it would be pretty crunchy. Do you mill it finer, or just use a small portion for added texture in a normal bread recipe?

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:02 AM   #7
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That sounds interesting. How do you use it? It seems like it would be pretty crunchy. Do you mill it finer, or just use a small portion for added texture in a normal bread recipe?
I blend it up in the cuisinart, divide it into 1/2 cup portions and freeze it. 1/2 cup per loaf of bread. I also replace the water and sugar with second runnings.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #8
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What if anything do you do to the grain before giving it to your chickens? My neighbor has them and I've been wanting to offer up my grain but I thought it would need to be dried or something.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #9
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This is the recipe I use




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Old 10-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #10
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I used spent grains in a pizza crust just mixed 1/2cup wet grains with a standard pizza dough recipe. Came out pretty good too.
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