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Matty22

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What is the general consensus on hanging the steeping bag/grains to dry and then hanging them outside for the birds? There's no alcohol in them so I don't see how it could harm any animals. Thought it might be a creative use for used steeping grains. :)
 

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deer fodder, squirrel fodder, bird fodder, and dog treats...I prefer the latter!!! :)
 

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Pretty cool idea, although in my neighborhood the cats/racoons would probably be getting into them quicker.

Hmmm maybe I'll hang some out back right in front of the haybales/target.
 

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+1 on the dog treats, especially if you are only doing steeping grains.

I could make enough dog treats to feed my entire city when I do 10 gallon AG batches now. I usually scoop a pitcher of it out for treats and the rest goes on the compost pile.
 
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How do you make dog treats out of it? Add more ingredients and make some sort of solid?
 

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I feed my spent grains to the chickens hense the name "Lucky Chicken Brewery"... they love it and it dosent last very long.
 

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I wouldn't really leave them outside unless they are in the compost bin. They will probably attract flies and get a bunch of maggots in them...eww. I left some out for the birds and/or squirrels once and they wouldn't touch them, I don't know why.

I usually make the dog biscuits (which I like to eat too...lol) and then toss the rest in the compost.
 

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+1 on the dog treats. I grind the spent grains in the food processor first to make them a little finer. Dogs love 'em. When partially cooked, score them into squares on the cookie sheet (greased) so they break apart easy. Cook 'em till they're good and dry.
 

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I have a stretch of wood with wild hogs here in Texas. We throw it out the morning after brew night and sit that night with bows in hand! Oink oink
 

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We make dog treats out the spent grains. Homemade peanut butter, stock, and grains make a good combination for dog biscuits. I'm up to my ears in dog biscuits now, so what I tend to do right now is to spread the grains into the yard where I could use some extra bacteria in the soil -- works pretty well and the other critters can enjoy at will.
 

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Matty22 said:
What is the general consensus on hanging the steeping bag/grains to dry and then hanging them outside for the birds? There's no alcohol in them so I don't see how it could harm any animals. Thought it might be a creative use for used steeping grains. :)
I add my spent grain to the vegetable garden, and have had good results for two growing seasons.

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I feed my spent grains to the chickens hense the name "Lucky Chicken Brewery"... they love it and it dosent last very long.
Same here, hense the name "Wicked Chicken Brewery". :D
I also do the dog treat thing. Some dogs don't do well with wheat though so it depends a little on what grains I'm using.
 
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