What do you do with your spent grains?

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Alternatively leave in a sealed box outside your house ( or neighbours if they are out) with a " sold sign awaiting collection" and that will also be gone in 5 minutes.
 

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Alternatively leave in a sealed box outside your house ( or neighbours if they are out) with a " sold sign awaiting collection" and that will also be gone in 5 minutes.
I would vote for the neighbor's house. That way when they come back it's their house that gets trashed.
 

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I bury 10 gallon batches. I dig a small hole and mix it with the dirt. It never smells. I assume some of it will turn into decent soil. It rains everyday in the summer in South Florida. Lucky I have a decent size back yard with a small area I section off for the digging. It's along a hedge section and they seem to grow really well.

If you don't mix it with dirt it smells like puke. Literally like puke back in elementary school when a kid would throw up.
 

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Spread it out on garden bed and rake it in with the soil. As previous poster indicated that if it's mixed with the soil, smell is not a problem.

Folks buy rice hulls to use as a soil amendment (maybe they used it before brewers did) so if someone could figure out how to dry it out economically, I'm sure there are gardeners that would buy it by the pound to use in same manner peat moss is used. Animals also seem to hate the taste or maybe faint smell. My dogs which will eat most things won't get near the garden after I've spread it out.
 

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fwiw, the neighbor's chickens and ducks are still holed up in their shelter, but the local deer plundered the last two ~25 pound spent mashes which each had a half pound of rice hulls. That's three batches in a row so I reckon at least while there's heavy snow still on the ground they can be counted on to clean up after me until the fowl get back to foraging :)

Cheers!
 

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Our dog will eat it if given a chance. It's the lactic fermentation that makes it smell like vomit.
It is bacterial but not a lactic fermentation that makes it smell like butyric acid (vomit).

Rodents seem to have no problem consuming the grains no matter how bad the smell. Squirrels are extremely eager to eat it out of the compost even after it smells horrific.
 

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Our dog will eat it if given a chance. It's the lactic fermentation that makes it smell like vomit.
When I lived in upstate NY, I initially dumped my grains in the backyard. One day, we were out for a few hours and when we got home, I thought a Shetland pony had broken into our place! There were mounds of grain manure in 3 rooms of our house. The crazy dog must have consumed many, many pounds of the spent grain. After that, I dumped them in the river across the street
 

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Sounds as bad as when our dog ate more than half of a multicoloured sponge cake that was iced for our sons' 18th birthday.
It was about 4 inches thick and 16 inch by 16 inch. Each sponge layer was one colour of the rainbow. Dog swelled up the more water it drank and lay in the garden looking like a snake that had swallowed a rabbit and pretty miserable.
Needless to say the vomit and manure was all the colours of the rainbow.

But on the plus side no grains in it and easy to spot on the lawn.
 

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my neighbors own horses and chickens... but she said she wants to control what the animals eat -.- i understand that but i want to share.
 

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Jako Not sure that a diet of hay, grass and grains would be that good for you. But it might give you a nice shiny coat!
 

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When I lived in upstate NY, I initially dumped my grains in the backyard. One day, we were out for a few hours and when we got home, I thought a Shetland pony had broken into our place! There were mounds of grain manure in 3 rooms of our house. The crazy dog must have consumed many, many pounds of the spent grain. After that, I dumped them in the river across the street
Don't you mean a Shitland pony?
 

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The crazy dog must have consumed many, many pounds of the spent grain. After that, I dumped them in the river across the street
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That's no way to treat your dog! Anyway we want to know what you did with the grain
 

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Do you live in a city? Put them in a plastic bag, then into a box. Wrap with gift wrap and a ribbon and leave in in the back seat of your car while you are grocery shopping. Likely gone when you return. (Apologies--this was probably suggested already somewhere in the past 4 pages.)
No, because I was going to suggest putting them in an Amazon box, taping it up, and leaving it on the front porch...
 

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I compost them. I bought a 15 page paper shredder on Craigslist and I shred cardboard boxes that mix with the grains. It makes great compost and I dispose all of my grain and cardboard this way. If you mix daily it can be usable compost very quickly. It takes a lot of cardboard scrap to make it work for me.
 

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I dump mine in the chicken run...they are scattered immediately and are gone.
 
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Just put an ad in facebook marketplace. I trade my spent grain for eggs! I have two containers so the chicken hobby man just leaves a clean tote when he picks up next batch. I did 51 kegs last year from April to November so there was lots of spent grain. His ducks do not like it!
 

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I trash mine and I know on a hot summer day, it dont take long for them to go south real quick. Flies and maggots I mean. All bugs seem to love the hell out of them and they stink to high heaven after a week in the trash can
 
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