ok to feed spent grain from brewing beer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by margaritamama, May 9, 2011.

  1. margaritamama

    margaritamama New Egg

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    My spouse and I own a brewery and we always have a lot of spent grain from brewing beer. Can the chickens have some of the spent grain and hops to eat? Thanks for any info!
     
  2. 2DogsCoop

    2DogsCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chickens will be very happy [​IMG]
     
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  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grain is grain, I suppose...is there any alcohol in it? Birds and animals certainly eat fermented fruit in the wild...

    I would give them some, and see how they react. Regulate the amount so they don't get snockered [​IMG]
     
  4. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. AyeUpChuck

    AyeUpChuck Striving for Self-Sufficiency

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    It's totally fine and no there's no alcohol as you're using grain that's been sparged or steeped to start your wort. No alcohol comes into play until after first fermentation.
     
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  6. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, darn! I was hoping to see some really good videos [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't know how much nutrition is left in the grains as I have never looked into it, but please note that you wouldn't want to feed it if it is moldy.

    Moldy feed can kill chickens.
     
  8. floyd242

    floyd242 Out Of The Brooder

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    I homebrew also and am planning on at least giving the chickens some of the spent grain. I make bread a dog biscuits out of them also. Just be careful because, as I'm sure you know, the grains can go sour pretty quickly...
     
  9. margaritamama

    margaritamama New Egg

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  10. swatskee

    swatskee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Farmers feed spent grains to pigs all the time.... The spent grains do get nasty QUICK! PeeeeeUUUUwwww!! [​IMG]
     

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