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Davy6Mac

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What is the best way of disposing of the spent grains & hops etc, have heard they can be composted is that true.
 

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Yes. I give mine to the chickens
 

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I normally give mine to our local nature reserve and they put it out for the resident birds and beasts to feast on.
 

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The best way may be to reuse as food. Eg by drying/grinding up for flour to make bread with (you could even use the yeast from the brew too for this). Granted this will be a relative ballache compared to just scooping up and binning it (which is what i have been doing) but its an option!
 

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After putting spent grain in my compost bin I started getting rodents, large ones burrowing up from underneath. Recently had to rat-proof two compost bins underneath with chicken wire. It's working so far.
 

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Not that I plan on making any, so it takes a year to make compost using a compost heap?
Depends on a lot of variables, I have found my system takes longer to get a decent compost. Which reminds me I need to finish empty one of piles and move everything onto the next one.
 

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What does that mean?
The active one gets all the new grass trimmings, home brew waste etc the maturing one gets nothing and is left to the worms , bugs etc to churn through it.
last time it snowed you could tell them apart from which one the snow melted on.
 

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The active one gets all the new grass trimmings, home brew waste etc the maturing one gets nothing and is left to the worms , bugs etc to churn through it.
last time it snowed you could tell them apart from which one the snow melted on.

Ah i see. Absolutely fascinating. Every day is a school day at THBF even if it isnt about brewing
 

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Making good compost is almost an art, or maybe cookery.

I have dumped some in there, and now have grass clippings donated from next door so will dig out the old and make a new pile now the weather is warmer.
If yours stinks you're doing it wrong. Grass and grain both produce sugars so is grain a green or a brown?

I have dried a full large roasting pan and have ground some to flour to make some tortilla chips mixed with maize meal, and will try to make some bran flakes later.
 

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Making good compost is almost an art, or maybe cookery.

I have dumped some in there, and now have grass clippings donated from next door so will dig out the old and make a new pile now the weather is warmer.
If yours stinks you're doing it wrong. Grass and grain both produce sugars so is grain a green or a brown?

I have dried a full large roasting pan and have ground some to flour to make some tortilla chips mixed with maize meal, and will try to make some bran flakes later.
Tell me Im misunderstanding here; You've dried a pan of compost to make tortilla chips?? :?:
 

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I have a super fine shredder in work, just for adding some brown material to my compost. 3 heaps is ideal to keep them rotating.
 

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Making good compost is almost an art, or maybe cookery.

I have dumped some in there, and now have grass clippings donated from next door so will dig out the old and make a new pile now the weather is warmer.
If yours stinks you're doing it wrong. Grass and grain both produce sugars so is grain a green or a brown?

I have dried a full large roasting pan and have ground some to flour to make some tortilla chips mixed with maize meal, and will try to make some bran flakes later.
Spent grains would be classed as a green, rich in nitrogen, so you will need more brown to bring down the nitrogen.
 
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