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Spent grain
« on: May 21, 2011, 06:51:24 PM »
What do you all do with your spent grain?
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 07:09:37 PM »
Into the compost pile it goes! Make sure it's mixed in well or there will be flies!
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 08:38:41 PM »
Into the compost pile it goes! Make sure it's mixed in well or there will be flies!

+1 same here.  If you leave it sit on top of the compost pile it will get quite smelly after a couple of days too.

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 08:41:46 PM »
I always fill a gallon zip lock which goes in the freezer for using in bread, the rest I either feed to the neighborhood chickens (well my friends neighborhood chickens) or compost. and Yes stir that compost

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 09:12:13 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 #5 on: May 21, 2011, 09:25:01 PM »
I've made bread with mine that was pretty good.  This month in" Brew Your Own" magazine has some recipes for pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, and dog treats.  I have a recipe somewhere for energy bars as well, just haven't tried to make them yet.  Hope to do the pizza dough and cinnamon rolls with my next batch.

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2011, 08:04:42 AM »
Onto the compost pile here
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2011, 09:12:57 AM »
+1 on the compost

Before and after the growing season i just spread it really thin on the garden soil and let it dry. Then i mix it into the soil every so often. Great for the ground.

Also, if you grow beer related stuff in the garden (corriander, hops, herbs and spices) you have a complete beer cycle going on!  ;)
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2011, 12:24:28 PM »
I have a local farmer who feeds it to their chickens.  They come pick it up and all I have to do is leave it out by my garage.  One less thing to deal with on brew day ;D
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2011, 12:26:01 PM »
I compost the spent grain and the hops.  Next year maybe I'll have some chickens to feed some to.  Someone nearby has goats, they might take some but I don't know them and have never asked.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2011, 06:05:19 PM »
+1 for composting, and echoing "euge" and "chezteth" reminding you to mix it well and somewhat often to avoid flies and RANK smells.  i didn't know any better last year.  this year my compost smells really good... err... for a compost.

when my compst gets too full i have others who take it for their compost or to feed goats

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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2011, 06:46:49 PM »
brew day dinner bread!
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2011, 07:24:18 PM »
Is there a preferred style for bread?
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2011, 07:45:21 PM »
We've used it for in wheat, honey wheat and French. Adds nice texture and aroma. I'd say my favorite was the honey wheat. I took some into work and folks scarfed it down happily.
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Re: Spent grain
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2011, 08:07:16 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.
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