The Beautiful Bounty of Barley and Rye – from Beer to Bread to Livestock Feed.
On Friday I made an all-grain batch of beer – Rye Pale Ale. As some of you may know when you brew an all-grain batch you can use upwards of 25 lbs. of grain before it’s all said and done. Even though the barley and rye are doing a great job to produce 10 gallons of great homebrew I often feel guilty about all the grain left overs.
Problem solved and guilt erased! On Saturday I looked up a Spent Grain Beer Bread recipe a friend sent to me right after I did my last batch of homebrew; unfortunately after I already composted the grain. But, yesterday I was ready with recipe in hand (aka – on computer screen) and commenced to making my first Spent Grain bread!
Recipe for Spent Grain Bread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f56/spent-grain-bread-machine-recipe-85379 ( I substitued whole wheat for white flour)
How did it turn out? Well, my 3 ½ and 1 ½ year old daughters had the first taste and happily gave me their seal of approval – well, they could have enjoyed the honey topping more than the bread?! As for me, it was perfect! It was moist, light to medium consistency, and multi-grain hearty/healthy. Plus, it just gives you about the same feeling you get when you make homebrew. A sense of a job well done and knowing one can make their own beer and bread!
The grain story is not over yet though! Making Spent Grain bread only takes a small portion of the 25 lbs. of spent grain. To further continue the cycle of reusing this grain I had the perfect opportunity as today I picked up 3 new friends who will be spending the next 6 +/- months with us: