Getting man’s best friend involved in homebrewing.
Homebrewing is an awesome hobby and a great way to try and put your own creative twists into making beer. But, when you’re done, you’re stuck with a whole bunch of leftover spent grain. The spent grain is awesome for feeding cows and other barnyard animals, but the small amount you’re going to have probably isn’t worth driving out to a farm and definitely isn’t going to warrant a farmer driving out to pick it up. No need to waste it though, as chances are you either have a dog or know someone that does, and they seem to love spent grain just as much as cows. It only requires a few more steps, as they prefer it in the dog treat form. So, the next time you brew a batch of beer, here are a few easy steps you can follow to make some dog treats to share your love of making beer with your favorite canine companion (without getting them drunk).
What You Need
4 Cups of Spent Grain
4 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Peanut Butter
How To Do It
Step 1: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients.
Step 2: Spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet and press down to make the mixture as dense as possible.
Step 3: Score the spread out mixture into your favorite dog treat shape. We recommend shaping them like beer bottles rather than the typical bone.
Step 4: Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
Step 5: Remove from oven and loosen them from the cookie sheet. Break the pieces apart and then place back on the cookie sheet, evenly spread out.
Step 6: Place the treats back in the oven and bake for 8-10 hours at 225°F. The extra length of time ensures that they are extra-dry and reduces any risk of mold growth.
Step 7: Share with your dog as you enjoy the beer that was made with those spent grains.