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Reuse Spent Grains for Everyone in your House

At the end of a brew day, it is easy to throw away all the grains you have used to brew your fantastic beer.  But, wait, why disregard a tremendous resource that can be reused in the kitchen? As a matter of fact, you can repurpose the grains to make delicious treats that everyone in your house will love.  Here are three recipes that you can make, before the beer even starts to ferment.

Spent Grain Applesauce Muffins

There is nothing better than a warm muffin for breakfast or a treat in the middle of the day. These muffins will make even the most finicky eater ask for seconds.

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Spent Grains

Spent Grain Applesauce Muffins


  • Author: Thomas Monti
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

Super Spent Grain Muffins


Ingredients

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1  cup all-purpose flour

1 cup spent grain, dried*

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup packed light brown sugar, plus 3 tablespoons for sprinkling

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease with baking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, dried spent grain, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate larger bowl, whisk together eggs, 1 cup of brown sugar, and oil until well combined; stir in applesauce.
  4. Fold in flour mixture until just moistened (it’s ok if it’s still a little lumpy).
  5. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over tops.
  6. Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.                                                                                                                                                                                *To dry your spent grain, spread the grain in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 180ºF for about 7 hours, stirring every hour or so.

Spent Grain Granola

Have you seen the price of quality granola in your local grocery store?! You’d be surprised to see what is used to process it too. Seriously, take a look at the back of the package. Instead of paying too much for a product that isn’t necessarily “all natural”, try this simple version and make an excellent energy source for your next hike.

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Granola made with 2pent grains

Spent Grain Granola


  • Author: Thomas Monti
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Description

Brewers Super Food


Ingredients

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2 cups Dried Spent Grain

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup raw nuts (Dealers Choice)

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup raw seeds, hulled (we used pumpkin and sunflower)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon all-spice

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 

1/2 cup dried fruit (we love dates and apples)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except for dried fruit, if using) and stir with a spatula until well mixed.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Spread the granola mixture evenly and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  4. Let granola cool completely on a rack. Once cool, toss granola with dried fruit. Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to a month (although we normally devour it within a day or two). Enjoy!

Spent Grain Dog Treats

Don’t forget humans’ best friend, good ol’ Fido. Your dog also deserves a reward from your zymergistic prowess. And, these treats will make sure your pup will be your brew buddy for years to come.

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Spent Grain Dog Treats


  • Author: Thomas Monti
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 180
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Description

All Dogs Deserve a Treat


Ingredients

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4 cups spent grain from your local brewery or homebrewer

2 cups flour

2 large eggs

1 cup natural peanut butter

1 banana


Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together with your hands in a large bowl, then roll out on a flour coated surface and use a cookie cutter to make desired shapes.
  2. Place on a cookie sheet and pop in a 350 degree F oven for 30 min.
  3. Reduce heat to 225 degrees for 2 hrs to get longer lasting treats.  

Notes

DO NOT USE SPENT GRAINS THAT HAVE HOPS IN THEM! Poisonous ☠️  to Dogs

Makes approximately 100 small treats.

You can always ask when our next brew day is and we would be more than happy to set aside a couple of pounds of spent grains for you.

And, if you have a recipe that you would like to share, please leave a comment below.

Thomas

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