Grain disposal & MLT cleaning? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Grain disposal & MLT cleaning?
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 02-21-2008, 12:37 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kansas
Posts: 823
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

Default Grain disposal & MLT cleaning?

I just dump the entire MLT into my backyard near our pond and the geese eat the grain....leaving behind about 10 lbs of geese crap (free yard fertilizer!). I have to change where I dump the grain everytime so I don't step in goose crap. Then I set aside the MLT until the boil is done and use the water coming out of my IC to hose down/rinse out the MLT.

How does everyone else do it?

maltMonkey is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Halifax, Canada
Posts: 279

My city has curbside organics pick-up. It makes my life easier. Cleaning out the MLT, we just leave it outside until it freezes and chip out the grain, then throw it in the green bin. The neighbours don't approve of this practice, especially because we often chip out the grain at 4 in the morning.

The Greenwall
Judd is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 12:58 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
bradsul's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,894
Liked 28 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 4


Being an apartment dweller I don't have the option of composting. So I just scoop the grains out after they've cooled a bit and put them into the bin. I save the warm water discharged from my CFC for cleaning everything when I'm done.
Canadian Brewers Unite!

Projects: Sylvania Kegerator Conversion, Tower Cooling, Grain Milling Station
bradsul is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 01:20 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
chillHayze's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 1,588
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts


When we lived in the country I put them outside for the deer to eat. Now, in the 'burbs, I run them down the disposal. 3/4 HP does the job nicely.

Clean out the MLT? Hose it out and scrub with a drop of dishwashing detergent. It's very easy if you do it SOON. Experience has taught if you wait it is quite stinky due to the lactobacteria.
Every little thing is gonna be alright.

chillHayze is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 01:51 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10

I usually put the spent grain down the garburator but last week when I was brewing my belgian wit, I jammed up the sink. I had to call Mr. Rooter for an unplug. It took him 5 hours to unjam it as the blockage was 45 feet down from my apartment. Total bill.......$683.24!!! That is an expensive batch of homebrew! Now I am just going to start throwing the grain out.
Primary: Empty
Secondary: Kona Fire Rock Pale clone
Bottled: Cider v1.0, Rookie Pale Ale, Full Sail Amber Ale clone, 40 Mile Drinkenweizen
that_ry_guy is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:12 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Hagen's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Posts: 392
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Advice from a plumber... DON'T PUT THAT STUFF DOWN THE DISPOSAL!!!

Unless, of course, you WANT to pay the overtime rates!

Once the grains pass through the disposal, it is essentially paste. If it doesn't clog the drain right away, it deposits a nice layer of the stuff inside the pipes. Compare it to a clogging artery, eventually you'll have a heart attack. In this case, the heart attack is a backup, and the actual heart attack comes when I give you my bill for snaking your drain.
Too much too fast to keep track of...
Hagen is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:18 AM   #7
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Jaybird's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 6,933
Liked 786 Times on 557 Posts
Likes Given: 211


I just spread the grain out on my lawn like lawn seed and what the birds dont eat just gets mixed into the soil. cleaning the mash tun... UH..... water
Need a False Bottom for your Keg, Kettle or Cooler?

I have been making custom False Bottoms for just about everything since 2008

Nor Cal Brewing Solutions, Reddings local homebrew store
(530)243-BEER and (530)221-WINE

Still have questions PM me here or hit the website. and like us on Facebook Facebook only promos too
Smoke Cigars?

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guy Cigar Club
Jaybird is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:18 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: St. Cloud, MN
Posts: 109

I second Hagen.
plumber is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:36 AM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 15

Grain in the compost pile.
Hops in the trash.
Used beer in the toilet
Water to rinse out the MLT with oxyclean every so often
Gruntled is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:20 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
CBBaron's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 2,774
Liked 9 Times on 6 Posts


Compost pile for the spent grains. The stuff seems to be an accelerator for the composting.
I'll also chime in on not using the garbage disposal. That stuff will eventually clog up something and I doubt it is doing any favors to the sewer plant.

CBBaron is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning and sanitizing grain bags. Dukester Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 03-07-2009 01:55 PM
Trub and Grain Disposal? RonRock Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 01-06-2009 01:04 AM
Cleaning grain from MLT BugleBrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 11-26-2008 08:06 PM
washing/cleaning grain bag ApolloSpeed Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-29-2008 11:45 PM
Spent Malted Grain Disposal Question Henryinoregon General Beer Discussion 37 11-15-2007 07:52 PM

Forum Jump