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Spent Grain! Your Newest Baking Buddy

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What’s spent grain?! Why, you silly little thing, it’s grain that’s already been used for brewing! Let’s say you’re a home brewer and this is your thought process; “I’ve just made a delicious batch of stout, now I have all this grain left over WHAT AM I TO DO?!

Stop worrying your pretty little head, dear reader. The answer is Spent Grain Flour. Take all those yummy grains you just used for your beer, spread those suckers out in a single layer on a couple of sheet pans, set your oven to the lowest setting, and let them dry out over the course of a few hours. Once you’ve dried out your grains, just run them through a grain mill, milling them down as small as you can and VOILA! You’ve got yourself some Spent Grain Flour.

And because I am oh-so-wonderful, I’ve included here a recipe for delicious Spent Grain Brownies

spent grain brownies pic

  • 5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 & ½ sticks of butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup spent grain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz walnuts, chopped

 

  1. Heat oven to 375°
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Gradually stir in eggs to, making sure not to burn them in the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Gradually add into chocolate/butter/egg mixture.
  5. Gradually fold in walnuts.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 375°, lower to 325° and bake for another 25 minutes.

The key to making this a successful batch of brownies is LOVE. So, don’t skimp on that shit at all because your brownies will never forgive you. Neither will the people you serve them to. Brownie Love is Important Love.

Jealous that you don’t have any spent grain to make into these delicious brownies? Totally understandable. Just hook yourself up with any of your sure-to-be-charming home brewing friends and ask for some grain. Or brew your own small batch!

Starting Off

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Well hello there, you magnificent being who so brilliantly chose to read about beer!

As the name of this website suggests, I think beer is fucking cool. I just absolutely love beer. Everything about it. I drink it, I brew it, I talk about it endlessly because I have that crazy-child-chess-prodigy-like obsession with it. Okay, maybe not that extreme an obsession with it, but beer is my passion. So, nothing makes me want to smack someone across the head with a finely crafted wooden tap handle more than when they say they “don’t like beer.” Excuse me? Alright, granted, physical violence may be taking it a bit far, but what a ridiculous statement! You don’t like beer? No, no, my friend; You just haven’t had a beer that you’ve liked.

I suppose you could say my aim here with this site is to help you on your journey of finding a delicious enough beer to make you stop uttering that phrase I despise so much. Or maybe I’m just writing whatever the fuck I feel like about beer and posting it for the world to see. The latter is probably the more likely of the two, if I’m being completely honest. You’ll have to work with me here; I’m not too sure yet what this beast will be. I promise you, this will not be some weird personal blog where I tell you how a squirrel came up to me in my dream and told me to lose 10 lbs. (what a dick, that squirrel). This site will be completely about beer, anything and everything to do with it. A crazy new concoction that’s come out? Done. A cool new brewery someone’s heard about? On here. Seasonal beer choice? Posted. Funny beer pictures or ridiculous stories of drunkenness involving beer? You bet your ass!

This is going to be the first of (hopefully) many posts on this site. Beer Is Fucking Cool is still very much a work in progress, so I hope whomever is doing me the honor of reading this right now will also just stick with me, and keep coming back to see what else is in store.

Awesomeness awaits, my friends!

Cheers!

Emily