Beer News

  • Homebrew Con is still scheduled for June 18 – 20 in Nashville TN.  You can book your hotel and register at
  • Star San will not kill the Coronavirus, so please do not drink Star San


The meeting was the club’s first virtual meeting, which everyone agree was a big success and reminded me of a Fireside chat.  We discussed the beers we were drinking and beers we were planning on making.  We discuss recent beer disasters such as IPAs that went sour (not an attitude thing) and leaking kegs that have gained rise to a new beer category (Freezer bottom beer) that no one will ever drink. In addition, we discussed yeast nutrition (yeast loves zinc) and water chemistry.

After the Meeting

Ever wonder what to do with all the spent grain left over from brewing, here are a few suggestions:

  • Make Ralph’s Spent grain Irish Soda bread
    • 2.5 cups bread flower
    • 2 cups wet spent grain
    • .5 cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • .2 teaspoon baking soda
    • .5 stick of butter cut into tiny cubes and add to dry ingredients
    • 1.25 cu of buttermilk or milk with vinegar or lemon juice added
    • Mix up dry ingredients and butter, pour in milk/egg mixture and mix
    • Bake at 350°F for 46 to 60 minutes in a buttered bread pan.  Make sure bread is not gooey in side.
    • Tasting notes:  Yummy with hints of my IPA
  • Peanut butter dog treats (Amber DeGrace, which can be found in “New Life For Spent Grains,” May/June 2011 Zymurgy)
    • 6 cups spent grains
    • 6 cups flour
    • 1.5 cups peanut butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 banana, cut into small pieces (Do not try to do it in the bowl as it makes a mess)
    • Mix all the ingredients in a very large bowl. Lightly spray one or two cookie sheets with baking spray and press the mixture into them. Score treats however you like
    • Bake in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until they begin to harden. Remove the trays and finish cutting the treats where you scored them. Put the trays back in the oven, turn down to 200°F and bake for 5 to 10 hours.
  • Make the Spent grain flour (great for extending your current baking flour supply, which is hard to find in the supermarket)
    • Dry grain either in oven or food dryer at 155 to 200°F for 5 to 10 hours
    • Place in food processor for 3.5 minutes
    • Substitute 25 to 30 percent of baking flour with you spent grain flour
    • The spent grain flour is low in carbohydrates (the carbs are in the beer), 20 to 30 percent protein and the rest is fiber. Spent grain flour is said to have many health benefits.

Be safe and keep brewing

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