Hootenanny Homestead

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Category: Homebrew

Using Leftover Spent Grain: Dog Biscuits and Bread

The other day I brewed up a batch of beer.  Homebrew allows you to use either extract or grains and by using grains you have a lot more control over your finished project.  It also means that you have what is called spent grains at the end of the process.  The brewing process converts most of the starch to sugar and then extracts most of that sugar out.   When it first comes out of the mash it will be somewhere between 150 and 170 degrees.  Now some brewers might wonder just what is to be done with this.  It is a left over product and some may just toss it out after it has cooled.  But being in the homesteading mindset one can easily come up with a number of things to do with this spent grain.
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Why Should a Homesteader Learn to Ferment

Now there are a number of things that a home brewer can learn to ferment. For starters I’ve heard a number of podcasters talk about fermenting food for their chickens and that it ends up being better for them. I might have to tackle that subject in the future (perhaps after I get some chickens). You can also ferment food for yourselves, sauerkraut and pickles come to mind. More and more studies have shown that fermented food can be a healthy part of your diet (But remember, I’m not a doctor and not making any health claims). But some times you just want to have a fermented beverage. A beer, a wine, a hard cider, a mead or the like. Sure you can pick some up at the store, but just like the vegetables from your own garden, imagine how much better that homemade fermented beverage would taste when you know that you have crafted it yourself.
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Some Information on Making Apple Cider

So I came across an old blog that I was working on and thought, I might as well move it over here.

So then, a friend of mine had gotten a cider kit and attempted to make a batch of hard cider.  I’m not overly sure of what all happened but she decided to dump it.  So I figure that now is a good time to jot down a few notes on making hard cider.  First lets start with Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.
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