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Old 10-18-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Are there any uses for the sediments after a boil or fermentation?
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I don't really think for after boil, but after fermentation you can look up yeast washing.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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Fertilizer...

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Are there any uses for the sediments after a boil or fermentation?
Funny you should ask this. I was just listening to a podcast from The Brewing Network, and they asked Shawn Paxton (homebrewchef.com) about other uses for the spent grains, yeast and hops, and other than "spent grain bread" which basically adds just fiber if you've mashed efficiently, he had nothin'. I give my spent grains to a friend who has pigs, and I think you could harvest some yeast to make a sourdough starter, but I think the rest is pretty much compost.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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If you're really cheap, you can throw the dry hop from the previous batch into the boil of the next to get some bittering out of it...

 
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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I too would use it for the compost pile. Before doing that I also would save a cup or two, and wash the yeast for my next batch. Hey, 8 bucks is 8 bucks.

 
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #7
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Funny you should ask this. I was just listening to a podcast from The Brewing Network, and they asked Shawn Paxton (homebrewchef.com) about other uses for the spent grains, yeast and hops, and other than "spent grain bread" which basically adds just fiber if you've mashed efficiently, he had nothin'. I give my spent grains to a friend who has pigs, and I think you could harvest some yeast to make a sourdough starter, but I think the rest is pretty much compost.
For the trub, besides rinsing it, or racking another beer on top, the only other use I've heard of is to use the slurry to make some bread.

As for spent grain, I've made dog biscuits before. Here's an example recipe:
http://www.17apart.com/2013/07/how-t...og-treats.html

As it turns out, my dog has a grain sensitivity, so I can't do that anymore :-(
I think I've heard of someone who makes the dog treats, and sells them to pet shops.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #8
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I have an interesting use for spent grain!

I dehydrate and dry the spent grain on a pallet and window screens in my back yard. When the grain is dry, add it to a garden and rake it into the surface. The grain will accomplish a few pretty amazing things:

It has vitamins and can act as a fertilizer but more importantly it is a completely natural herbicide (weed killer). The grain decomposes into the soil and promotes the growth of many healthy microorganisms. These microorganisms will eat away at most weeds. I have been adding grain to my garden all year and we have not had any weed issues. I learned this science from a book called: Alcohol Can be a Gas by David Blume. He does this with distillers grains but it works the same way.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:03 PM   #9
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I pour the trub from my fermenters down the drain. Having a septic system, the yeast helps to break down the solids in the septic system.

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:50 PM   #10
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Great ideas folks! Thanks!
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