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WHAT IS SPENT GRAIN?
Spent grain is the by-product that is left over after a brewery’s mash has extracted quite a bit of the nutrients, sugars, and proteins found in grains. These leftovers are called malt. An alarming 85% of malt is often thrown away after the extraction process, which has inspired many craft breweries in the world to come up with innovative alternatives to prevent spent grain from going to waste. We put together a list of fun and creative DIY ideas on the various uses of spent grain. Have fun!
STUFFED SOFT TOYS
Use spent grains to fill home-made soft toys instead of other materials. Ideal for those creating their own toys.
A BAKERS GARDEN
Have a backyard garden?
Fill the space with DIY areas for kids to entertain themselves by making various items with spent grain while parents can enjoy nibbling on spent grain bakery delights.
Add a couple of drops of essential oils to grains and dried flowers. Fill a potpourri bag or create beautiful displays.
Spent grain can also be used for:
- Animal Fodder
- Growing medium for mushrooms
- Plastic Bags
- Creating Artwork
- Making homemade paper
WHERE TO FIND SPENT GRAIN
Search for any local breweries in your area. They usually have a lot of spent grain (malt) to remove.