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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2011, 08:23:22 PM »
With regards to the bread. Do you just add the spent grains "as is" or do you have to mash or grind them more?

Also, does the flavor of the grain come through in the bread? If so maybe a pumpernickel with special b would be awesome.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2011, 09:29:50 PM »
With regards to the bread. Do you just add the spent grains "as is" or do you have to mash or grind them more?

Also, does the flavor of the grain come through in the bread? If so maybe a pumpernickel with special b would be awesome.

We just add them "as is".  I would say the flavor is subtle and more noticeable with specialty grains.  Don't go overboard as the hulls can get to be a bit prickly. 
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2011, 10:18:25 PM »
There's a dude down the street who has a traveling petting zoo.... so my grain feeds llamas, goats, a few ponies and an ass.

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2011, 11:15:43 PM »
This month in" Brew Your Own" magazine has some recipes for pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, and dog treats.

It's in Zymurgy, actually. This being the AHA forum and all. ;)

I make bread with it, but that only takes up about 2 cups per brewday. The rest gets thrown away or (now) composted.

Haa!   Thanks for correcting me!  It was my first issue of Zymurgy, and I have had a subscription to BYO for awhile.  I am a moron!!!!

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2011, 08:02:40 AM »
If you put an add on Craigslist, folks would be happy to take it away for you.  I have buckets from three different local farmers and I rotate who gets the grain.  And, I get free eggs from two of them.........

They tell me that you shouldn't feed chickens more than 25% spent grain though.  I don't know why or even if that's true. 

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2011, 11:18:17 AM »
I've started just spreading it across the lawn.  Throwing it out in wide arcs with my brewing spoon.  It seems to breakdown into the soil pretty quickly, doesn't smell and it's fun to watch the birds and squirrels try to find it all back.

I used to spread it on the veggie garden and then turn it in but I no longer have a garden.

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2011, 08:50:37 PM »
Speaking of composting: Is spent grain considered "green" or "brown"?
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2011, 10:26:10 PM »
Speaking of composting: Is spent grain considered "green" or "brown"?

Brown.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2011, 10:30:35 PM »
Are you sure euge?  I thought it was green. :-\
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2011, 10:56:10 PM »
Yeah I'm sure. But for asking's sake why would it be green?
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2011, 12:03:22 AM »
Isn't it a chlorophyll kinda thing... or lack thereof? 
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2011, 12:08:57 AM »
Isn't it a chlorophyll kinda thing... or lack thereof? 

Yeah. That's how I understand it. Compost only needs about 10% green. Not sure about wet stuff from the kitchen. That might be green but spent grain is brown. I've composted enough to tell the difference.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2011, 12:22:24 AM »
I have yet to use spent grain in my compost blend, but I'm optimistic that a nice blend of grain, kitchen slop, grass clippins and leaves will yield some prime garden food with good texture.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2011, 12:48:28 AM »
Yeah I'm sure. But for asking's sake why would it be green?
Because it has nothing to do with chlorophyll.  Greens have high nitrogen content, browns have high carbon content.  We wash a lot of the carbon out as sugars, so it ends up with higher than normal nitrogen content.  So it's green. ;)

Many people mistakenly believe that it is a source of carbon, a “brown” material. Because the carbohydrates in the grain are removed for use in the brewing process, the spent grain has a higher concentration of nitrogen (proteins) than does unprocessed grain.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2011, 02:24:04 AM »
Blah. It makes good compost regardless.
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