fermenting barley

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MyTDogs, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. MyTDogs

    MyTDogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was given 5-5gallon buckets of spent barley. It was free so I didn't ask many questions :D
    Now I need to figure how to store it. It is Wet so I'm thinking I should try to put it all into a big plastic trash can and add some acv or yeast & ferment it. It would take me 3 weeks to utilize 5 buckets full. Will the ferment/silage last that long? Or do i have to worry about it going bad? Today is cool but im sure the heat will return to us soon....any thoughts?

  2. MyTDogs

    MyTDogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well if anyone cares I went ahead and mixed the barley with a little water and yeast in a 20 gallon trash can. I will post tomorrow with an update on the fermentation. BTW, after a day of avoiding the mash, today the birds (chickens,ducks,geese) were going crazy for it.
  3. Sally8

    Sally8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    I don't have any experience with fermenting feeds. Just did a gallon size of laying mash and scratch grain with ACV and water. They loved it. Now need to ferment a larger qty. my question was, if I made up a 5 gal bucket and used from it daily, but added to it daily, would it spoil?
    I'll see if I can research for both of us.

    Can you sprout some of it so they could get some greens?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  4. terimay

    terimay Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    I work at a brewery and they give me their spent grain, I freeze it. it will sour within a day or two if left at room temp or warmer, it will last a bit longer in the fridge. If you live where its really cold outside, you could probably leave it in a bucket outside in the shade, but I just freeze it myself. The love the stuff...I actually have to ration it out, because once they start eating it, they won't stop.

    Happy brewing [​IMG]

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