Spent Grain! Your Newest Baking Buddy

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

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  • 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!