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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2010, 05:21:47 AM »
If you live in the warmer parts of America during the summer your compost pile might be visited by Black Soldier flies (not houseflies) and their larva can make quick work of spent grain.  When they're really active I've seen them eat 10lbs of spent grain in less than a week.  But now in the fall they aren't very active.

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2010, 08:45:16 AM »
Dry it and put it in home made soap as an exfoliant.   
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2010, 08:51:10 AM »
If you live in the warmer parts of America during the summer your compost pile might be visited by Black Soldier flies (not houseflies) and their larva can make quick work of spent grain.  When they're really active I've seen them eat 10lbs of spent grain in less than a week.  But now in the fall they aren't very active.

Aren't those the ones that produce larva that look like huge maggots? If so, I have a gazillion of them.

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2010, 09:39:30 AM »
Aren't those the ones that produce larva that look like huge maggots? If so, I have a gazillion of them.

Those are the ones-  The adult black soldier fly looks like a cross between a fly and a wasp (no stinger).  And apparently since the adult doesn't eat anything it won't spread pathogens like a housefly might.

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2010, 11:13:48 AM »
Wow...That's pretty cool...
http://www.eawag.ch/organisation/abteilungen/sandec/schwerpunkte/swm/projects/5000larvae/index_EN


That's amazing. And disgusting. Looks like they'll make short work of anything they go after.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2010, 11:21:53 AM »
They certainly don't seem to hurt my compost.

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2010, 08:15:44 PM »
I dump mine in the woods and the deer and turkeys clean it up real fast.  Probably keeps them pretty regular too.   8)

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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2010, 05:22:03 AM »
I compost in a barrel composter.  It helps make short work of the other crap I put in there.
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Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« Reply #39 on: October 03, 2010, 06:07:02 AM »
Wow...That's pretty cool...
http://www.eawag.ch/organisation/abteilungen/sandec/schwerpunkte/swm/projects/5000larvae/index_EN


That's amazing. And disgusting. Looks like they'll make short work of anything they go after.
I bet the aroma was interesting....
and in the middle of the crawler across the top of the video was the reference to
LOW to MIDDLE income countries....I personally think that the RICH countries should have
to use this as well...so that they can enjoy the aroma right along with the crumudgeons.... ;)
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