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How To Make Spent Grain Doggy Treats October 04, 2017 16:02 2 Comments

As on any brew day, we have carboys of beer, and a CRAPLOAD of spent grain.  Spent Grain is the grain bi- product of the beer process.  It CAN produce a lot of waste.  Many brewers try use it in different ways to keep it out of the landfill. We use spent grain in our soaps. But today, I made it into doggy treats.

I used the Deschutes Brewery recipe that you see below. (By the way, their Freshly Squeezed IPA is AMAZE-BALLS!)

Ingredients:

4 C spent grain from your local brewery or homebrewer

2 C flour

2 large eggs

1 C natural peanut butter

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together with your hands in large bowl, then roll out on flour coated surface and use cookie cutter to make desired shapes. Put onto cookie sheet and pop in a 350 degree oven for 30 min and then reduce heat to 225 degrees for 2 hrs to get longer lasting treats. Your pups will love ’em!!

Makes approximately 100 small treats.

Lessons learned:

We dried out our spent grain, but realized after that I probably didn’t have too.  If you want to learn how to dry out spent grain, look here!

Also, there are no preservatives in these so they can mold within days… so, throw those bad boys in the freezer to keep them fresh!

One last thing, don’t forget, hops are poison to dogs, so keep them away from our furry friends!

Let me know how this recipe worked out for you!

Cheers!


How to Dry Spent Grain May 10, 2017 10:30 2 Comments

spent grains

As you know, we add spent grains (and hops) to our soaps.  It is important to us to keep as many of the beer by-products out of the landfill.  So how do we do this?  Lets get started.

Grains are used to make wort (grain tea) that becomes beer through a fermentation process. To reuse grains for our soaps, we first have to dry them out....

  1. We spread out the wet grains on baking sheets and pop them into the oven on low for about 2 hours. 

  2. About an hour into the drying process, we stir the grains to make sure they are drying evenly. 

  3. Once they are dried, we grind them up and add them to our soap mixture right before we pour the soap into the molds.

You can use this same technique if you are making other spent grain products such as dog treats and bread.   Here are our suggestions for other ways to use spent grains! 

What do you make out of your spent grains?

Cheers!


Sustainable, Renewable…. Homebrewed Beer Soap May 03, 2017 00:00

Spiced Ale Beer Soap

We often get the question, “Is your Beer Soap made from by-products of beer?” So today, we are going to dive deep into answering that question.  

There are three main by-products from brewing beer:  spent (aka used) grains, hops, and yeast. We use two of these three in our soaps. Spent grain is added to our Spiced Ale Beer Soap, while spent hops (which are also homegrown) are add to all of our IPA soaps.  Both are added as texture to the soaps to aide in exfoliation and smoothing rougher areas of your skin..(think feet!) Learn how to dry your own spent grain HERE

Now what about the beer?  Are we ‘wasting’ beer to make soap?  We DO actually use the beer.  A lot of beer is wasted when it goes down the drain during keg transfer and tap line clearing. So, we use that otherwise 'wasted' beer to make our beer soap.  

So the answer is yes. We use the by-products of brewing beer as much as possible!  Now you can confidently know that by using our soaps, you are keeping beer from going down the drain, and grains / hops from going into the land fill.

Bathing With Brew has never been so much fun!

Cheers,