Dogs are People, Too. (But, like, better.) June 14, 2016 11:14
Most people love dogs, and most dogs are quite lovable. We at the Farmhouse even have a part-time brew dog - Parda’s little helper, Mayzie. She is a Cojack - half Corgi, half Jack Russell - which is quite the combination. Our hobby as homebrewers creates a ton of a reusable byproduct that can serve as a treat for our four-legged friends: spent grain. A little bit of grain, mixed with a few other ingredients, and a short while in the oven means a heap of tasty biscuits! (And they are also totally edible for people.)
You may have seen this recipe on our counter recently, or you may already make these for your dog friends. If not, here is the recipe we use! We won’t guarantee your dog loves them, we just know that Mayzie does.
Spent Grain Dog Treats
4 cups spent grain
2 cups flour
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter
Blend all ingredients together with your hands in large bowl.
Roll out on flour coated surface and use cookie cutter to make desired shapes.
Put onto cookie sheet and pop into oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Reduce heat to 225 degrees and bake for another for 2 hrs.
Cool and enjoy!
Edit: We would be remiss if we did not note that while the spent grain may be great in dog treats, beer and dogs should not mix! I know we all have that uncle or friend whose dog loves beer, but beer does not love dogs! More specifically, hops can cause malignant hyperthermia - a rapid rise in body temperature. The severity of symptoms can vary breed to breed, but it is best to just be safe and do not let your dog(s) eat any hops, fresh or spent or otherwise. If you ever add hops to your mash (which you can do, but to little effect), do not use that grain in dog treats!