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Old 05-19-2012, 12:57 AM   #441
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our puppy, a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever, LOVES these treats. we do a lot of training with her so she gets a lot of treats, and these are among her favs. they're also great because she has to chew them. she tends to inhale a lot of other treats without biting them once. not these guys. thanks for the recipe!
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:14 AM   #442
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been brewing for years. my dogs would bite my ankles if they knew i'd been throwing all the grain out all this time. made the treats finally from the last brew i did from grain for a pale ale. these biscuits are their favorite treats. next beer is a dark, so i'm sure they'll love those treats even more
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:55 AM   #443
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Did anyone figure out if rice hulls are OK to have in them?
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should the spent grain going in be dry, or wet? I dried out about 10-12 cups of spent grain for cooking. My first attempt was these dog treats. I used 3 eggs and normal peanut butter instead of all natural. After the initial baking period, the grain didn't solidify into treats. It is more of a granola like it was before it was baked. Is this salvageable?
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should the spent grain going in be dry, or wet? I dried out about 10-12 cups of spent grain for cooking. My first attempt was these dog treats. I used 3 eggs and normal peanut butter instead of all natural. After the initial baking period, the grain didn't solidify into treats. It is more of a granola like it was before it was baked. Is this salvageable?
I use it wet/moist... Never had an issue with it binding together either with a single egg and such. Did you use any flour in the treats?

Try another batch exactly to recipe (all natural PB isn't important). Also use the grains without drying them out.
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I use it wet/moist... Never had an issue with it binding together either with a single egg and such. Did you use any flour in the treats?

Try another batch exactly to recipe (all natural PB isn't important). Also use the grains without drying them out.
This is not rocket science. I use cheap ass peanut butter. I've used wet grain. I've used dry grain. I've packet it hard into the measuring cup. I've loosely scooped it.

They always come out fineand the dogs don't seem to care how I made them.

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This is not rocket science. I use cheap ass peanut butter. I've used wet grain. I've used dry grain. I've packet it hard into the measuring cup. I've loosely scooped it.

They always come out fineand the dogs don't seem to care how I made them.

It's not rocket science, or brain surgery (or plastic surgery in your case... yeesh!!)... Like with most baking type recipes (IME) it's more of using what it takes to get the end result. Some will use more flour than others, or more grain. Or the grain will be wetter than others, etc. You can tweak it as you like, just try to get the same end result.

For the OP, drying out the spent grain was probably the most critical error.

BTW, using a stand mixer for this makes it stupid easy.
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Well I think I salvaged it. I took the granola mixture and put it in a bowl and added some water, put it back on the sheet and scored it. I am thinking that you either need to use wet spent grain or else add water. Dried grain, 3 eggs, peanut butter, and flour didn't create enough of a paste to bond the treats together. After baking it for 30 minutes at 350 with some water introduced, it bonded better. It was a little crumbly breaking up the scored pieces after it was done baking, but it seems like this was normal.

For future reference, do spent grain recipes usually call for wet grain, or dried grain? It looks like some people freeze the wet grain while others dry it by baking it overnight at a low temperature, which is what I did.

This really *isn't* rocket science, but between last night's first attempt at brewing all grain and today's attempt at dog treats it seems like the process always has plenty of room for error and improvement.
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Well I think I salvaged it. I took the granola mixture and put it in a bowl and added some water, put it back on the sheet and scored it. I am thinking that you either need to use wet spent grain or else add water. Dried grain, 3 eggs, peanut butter, and flour didn't create enough of a paste to bond the treats together. After baking it for 30 minutes at 350 with some water introduced, it bonded better. It was a little crumbly breaking up the scored pieces after it was done baking, but it seems like this was normal.

For future reference, do spent grain recipes usually call for wet grain, or dried grain? It looks like some people freeze the wet grain while others dry it by baking it overnight at a low temperature, which is what I did.

This really *isn't* rocket science, but between last night's first attempt at brewing all grain and today's attempt at dog treats it seems like the process always has plenty of room for error and improvement.
I haven't tried making these dog biscuits, but since the op's recipe doesn't call for any added liquids, I would assume to use wet grains...

Brewing beer and baking are VERY closely related, they use nearly the same ingredients and (to some extent) the same processes.
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Success!

My dogs love them!

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