Monday, January 25, 2016

Homebrew by product - Spent Grain

Caution - Pictured is the by product of 2.5 gallons of Vanilla Porter. This spent grain is added to my compost pile. When you visit a local Brewery, look for the by product. How is your  local Brewery getting rid of the spent grain? Do they have equipment to get rid of the by product? Are they sourcing the by product to animal husbandry operations?

When I am enjoying a brew at a brewery, I look for the Spent Grain. Some breweries use a malt extract in their brews to boast the ABV level. Typically an all grain porter will have and ABV between 3.5% to 5.5%. Extract brewing, on brew day, is quicker than all grain brewing. Although a malt extract brew cost more than an all grain brew. The cost is for simplicity and a more reliable result. Think of this difference in buying a frozen pie crust and making a pie crust from scratch.

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