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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!

SPENT GRAIN FLOUR

See the link for a how-to on making BSG flour by Instructables.com.

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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.

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POTPOURRI BAGS

Add a couple of drops of essential oils to grains and dried flowers. Fill a potpourri bag or create beautiful displays.

PIZZA CRUST

Use any pizza crust recipe, but add a serving of spent grain to the mix. The result is a crispy, rough crust that tastes great. Recipe Here.

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VEGGIE BURGER


Jo In the Kitche
n compiled a unique recipe for making veggie burgers. Find it here.

GARDEN COMPOST

Spent grains have been used for centuries as fertilizers. If you have no idea how to use it in your garden, see the link below to Garden Guides.

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SPENT GRAIN BREAD

One of the most common uses of spent grain is by making bread. It adds a nutty taste, which most everyone enjoys.

SPENT GRAIN WAFFLES

Mouthwatering, delicious, and different, create some spent grain waffles

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DOG TREATS & BISCUITS


Your dogs will love you for these tasty treats.

OTHER USES

Spent grain can also be used for:

  • Animal Fodder
  • Bio-fuel
  • Fertilizers
  • Growing medium for mushrooms
  • Plastic Bags
  • Creating Artwork
  • Ethanol
  • 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.

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