What To Do With That Spent Grain
Ever wonder what you can do with the spent grain from your homebrew ?
Do you just toss it in the trash ?
Well there is a whole lot more you can do with it. There are many products made from spent grain. Big breweries sell their spent grain to bakeries and animal feed manufacturers. Smaller craft breweries sell their left over ingredients to local people who make dog snacks, soap, lip balm and other products.
You can toss it in the back yard and compost it to make fertilizer for your garden. Just toss out around the yard and let the birds and other animals eat it. Pour it thick on the ground as mulch around your garden.
It has so many uses that throwing it away just does not make sense. Some of the best uses I think are in the kitchen. It makes great bread and other edible stuff. Dried properly it makes flour.
There is always a possibility that if you have plenty of it you could sell it to your local bakery. They love specialty grains as they make for some very tasty breads , pastries and snack bars.
If you would like to dry out your grain to use as flour you can simply spread it out on a cookie sheet and put in the oven to bake.
Squeeze out as much water as possible. Place it in oven at no more than 200 degrees. Leave in until completely dry. This will take 6 or 7 hours depending on how much grain you have.
After you have made flour from the grain you can use it in any recipe that calls for flour.
Here is my favorite thing to do with them.
Do not just think they are for the dog. They make a great snack for people as well. The best tasting are made from specialty grains. You can also add in oatmeal and honey or other ingredients to make some really good granola bars.
4 cups dried grain ( does not have to be oven dried. I just lay it outside in the sun for a while )
2 cups flour ( your grain flour is best for this )
1/8 cup oil. I use olive oil.
1 cup peanut butter
Any other tasty things you might like in it
Mix well and spread out on cookie sheet about 1/2 thick. You can use a fancy cookie cutter to make them look cool.
Bake them at 350 for about 30 minutes. Check to see if they are hard enough. This will make a softer biscuit.
Bake at 225 for a longer time if you want a good hard biscuit. Just keep an eye on them because when they get hard they get real hard and do not taste so great if you burn the bottom of them.
After it is dry just run it through your food processor to fine grind it. Use it just like any other flour.
There are lots of websites that have recipes on them so I won’t list any more. A good site is Brooklyn Brew Shop. They have lots of recipes for spent grain.