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what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 23, 2010, 08:16:15 PM »
Out of curiosity, what do some of you do with the grain left over from mashing? I would imagine composting is an option, but what other uses have you all found short of just tossing it in the trash?
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 08:18:29 PM »
There have been many discussions on this. Some of the most popular seems to be making bread, feeding chickens and composting.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 10:45:07 PM »
There's so much of it that one either has to throw it away or compost it. But a small fraction can end up in bread and muffins.

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 01:24:46 AM »
Mine ends up in the garden out back. It will stink big time for a few days.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 01:33:51 AM »
I'm intrigued by adding it to bread, but can someone give me an idea of quantities?
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2010, 05:21:06 AM »
Mine goes to my neighbor's chickens...he says they love it and can't get enough.  I guess I better start brewing more then.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2010, 05:22:41 AM »
I place mine at the edge of the woods, and the deer come and clean it up.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2010, 05:25:49 AM »
Mine ends up in the garden out back. It will stink big time for a few days.

If you spread it out, it stinks less... or maybe my garden is far enough from the house that I don't notice.  When I dump it in the composter, it stinks like a dead body.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2010, 06:10:11 AM »
Compost pile.  Guess it's far enough away from the house, I've never noticed too bad a smell.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2010, 06:16:24 AM »
Compost pile, deer , birds, etc...

I haven't tried making bread yet.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2010, 06:20:38 AM »
You guys don't just dump it over the fence into the neighbor's yard? I thought everyone did that.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2010, 07:28:45 AM »
We make bread and Dog biscuits.  Here are the recipes:

                Spent “Malted Grain” Beer Bread

3 ½  cups Flour
2 cups  Malted Barley left over from the mashing or steeping process
1 ½ teaspoons Salt
1 ½ tablespoons Wheat Gluten (omit if using bread flour)
1 ½ tablespoons Oil
1 ½ tablespoons Honey
Water
1 teaspoon Yeast

Add all ingredients except yeast and watert to a bowl and mix well. 
Add the yeast and enough water to form a very dry mixture.

Place in the bread machine on Muti-Grain cycle or if not using a bread machine let rise for 30 minutes, punch down, knead and let rise for 2 hours.  Bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 425 degrees.

Note:  This dough is very deceiving. When kneading it will start out VERY dry but will end up just right due to the remaining moisture in the grains.




Spent Grain Dog Biscuits

•  4 cups spent grain
•  4 cups flour
•  1 cup peanut butter
•  1 egg

 Note : hops are toxic to some species of dogs. Please do not use grain that has been mash-hopped! 
Mix together (works well with hands) and roll onto cookie sheet. Score (almost through) into shapes you want, or use a cookie cutter as you would for cookies. They don't spread out and they pretty much end up the thickness you start with. This recipe made one cookie sheet but they are pretty thick so you could adjust that if you want them thinner.
They end up very crisp after they've been baked and dried. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Let cool enough to break them up then place back in the oven to dry for 4-6 hours at 200. You want to make sure they dry adequately, if they look like a fig newton when you break one they're not dry. If they don't dry enough they will mold. Dried thoroughly they will store well in an airtight container.


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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2010, 07:34:15 AM »
We make bread and Dog biscuits.  Here are the recipes:

Spent Grain Dog Biscuits

•  4 cups spent grain
•  4 cups flour
•  1 cup peanut butter
•  1 egg

 Note : hops are toxic to some species of dogs. Please do not use grain that has been mash-hopped! 
Mix together (works well with hands) and roll onto cookie sheet. Score (almost through) into shapes you want, or use a cookie cutter as you would for cookies. They don't spread out and they pretty much end up the thickness you start with. This recipe made one cookie sheet but they are pretty thick so you could adjust that if you want them thinner.
They end up very crisp after they've been baked and dried. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Let cool enough to break them up then place back in the oven to dry for 4-6 hours at 200. You want to make sure they dry adequately, if they look like a fig newton when you break one they're not dry. If they don't dry enough they will mold. Dried thoroughly they will store well in an airtight container.


Excellent idea.  Thanks.  I'm going to give this one a try.  I think my dogs will love them.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2010, 07:48:35 AM »
You guys don't just dump it over the fence into the neighbor's yard? I thought everyone did that.

My nearest neighbor is over 1/4 mile away...too much work!
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2010, 07:57:07 AM »
You guys don't just dump it over the fence into the neighbor's yard? I thought everyone did that.

My nearest neighbor is over 1/4 mile away...too much work!
Same here...  I just throw it out for the deer & turkeys.
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