Spent brewing grains for chickens

dashman1319

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Jul 31, 2018
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Hey all,

I just finished a batch of homebrew, after which I find myself with about 10 pounds of spent grains. Instead of just tossing them in the compost, I spooned a bit out for the chickens (still hot) and they went crazy for it. Essentially, the grains you'd find in a homebrew are just different varieties of malted barley plus some adjuncts like cracked oats, rice hulls, corn, or white rice. You know - chicken food. The only difference is that they've been held at a certain heat for a period of time to allow enzymes to catalyze the breakdown of the starches in the grains into simpler sugars, much (but not all) of which is extracted for the beer.

So I was wondering - any conceivable objection to throwing these grains out as warm treats? They certainly wouldn't take the place of regular feed as much of their nutritional benefit has been extracted anyway.

Thanks!
 

Compost King

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Apr 19, 2018
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I have no idea if its a good or bad thing as a treat, I assume its good as a treat and a great way to make a product go a little further. Unless someone has some sort nutritional objection I bet you found yourself a great use for a previously spent product.
 

PirateGirl

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Mar 11, 2017
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I've looked into this before as there is a brewery down the street (unfortunately they want someone to take all or none, which is a lot of grains). It is safe to feed the birds, but the nutritional value is not what the grains once had, so definitely feed it as a treat. The other thing is that I do not believe they will keep long, perhaps it's a moisture/mold issue, I don't remember, so keep an eye on them and feed them out relatively quickly. Definitely don't just waste the spent grains!
 

Acre4Me

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Nov 12, 2017
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Some to chickens as a treat, should be fine. Freeze it in a quantity you would give them, that way it lasts.

Or start an additional hobby of breadmaking (also a fermentation if sorts) as @IamRainey suggests.
 

we3ernes

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It’s perfectly safe. We freeze ours in one pound balls (in plastic grocery sacks) and then feed throughout the summer. Spent grain also makes good bread (as mentioned upthread) and awesome dog treats.
 

Melky

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Jul 23, 2018
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There is a company brewhouse here that makes dog biscuits from spent grains barley with peanut butter in them. They are no corn wheat or soy and packaged and sold for people with disabilities. Great cause. Probably fine treat for chickens.
 

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