Categories: brew, cook
Last month, I got a puppy. Here she is!
I had heard of people making doggie biscuits out of spent grain, and seeing as we rocket through about 8-or-so lb of malt every week, I had to try making them. It’s really, really simple. All you need is:
4 cups spent grain
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup peanut butter
First time making these was after brewing ESB, so needless to say, Libby is one very lucky puppy. I used chunky peanut butter, but I’d say smooth would work just as well.
Mix everything together in a large bowl. This will work your forearms and triceps nicely (it’ll be really thick and pasty). Press the batter down with your hands onto a large, ungreased, rimmed baking sheet. Cut the batter into whatever shape you want. I just cut mine into squares to make things simple. Make sure to cut all the way through to the bottom, it’ll make your life easier later.
Bake at 350° F for about 30-45 minutes, or until they’re solidified. Loosen them from the sheet and break them apart (here’s where you’ll be glad that you cut them before baking them). Return the biscuits to the baking sheet, spreading them out evenly.
Reduce the temperature to 250° F and return them to the oven for another couple hours, until they’re completely dried out (you want to remove all moisture so they don’t get moldy). Remove the treats from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store them in an airtight container.
My dog went nuts for these! Probably because of the peanut butter. We stuck one in her Kong toy and she went berserk trying to get at it.
By the way, these don’t really taste great to humans. I know because I tried them. Very bland. Nice and crunchy though. Perhaps if we had poorer brewhouse efficiency (we usually get around 85-87% efficiency), our spent grain would still have enough sugar left behind to make these taste sweeter.
This really makes me want to try making spent grain human treats too. I smell an experiment coming on…