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Post  Lindacol on 10/26/2012, 1:54 am

Do any of you use spent brewing grains in your compost? A neighbor has deal with a local brewery and is using it to feed livestock. I guess he is getting too much and offered some to me to feed my goats. A barrel of it weighs about 300 lbs and I am sure some of it will go bad before I can feed it all.
My compost is mostly manures and waste alfalfa with our household kitchen wastes. How much can I put in the compost pile? Can it be added as is to empty squares?
I may be able to get a barrel as often as a couple of times a week.
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Post  walshevak on 10/26/2012, 2:11 pm

The spent grains will be great in the compost pile, but I have no idea how much is too much.

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Post  camprn on 10/26/2012, 4:30 pm

This time of year I would take all I could get and layer the mash between the dried leaves in my pile.

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Post  llama momma on 10/26/2012, 5:00 pm

Spent brewing grains sounds cool, makes me wonder if the winery up the road from me has spent grapes? Think I better visit or email them. Cool
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Post  llama momma on 10/26/2012, 6:53 pm

Decided to call the winery and scored all the spent pressed grapes I could take. But most of my containers are filled with compost that is curing. Managed to collect about 30 gallons of pressed grapes and a big styrofoam container of stems. Now I'm searching online to see if this is a decent thing to add to the compost. Sure did this backwards Wink anyway here is what it looks like:
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Post  Lindacol on 10/26/2012, 7:40 pm

Wow, Llama Mama, looks like we both scored some good stuff for our compost piles.
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Post  camprn on 10/26/2012, 7:46 pm

I'm kind of surprised that the winery isn't making grappa with all the leaving from the press........ goody for your compost!

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Post  Triciasgarden on 10/26/2012, 8:06 pm

Boy Lindacol and Kay, I would love to live near you! Lindacol I would not put the pressed grapes directly into the beds. It should be composted first. I would agree with Campryn about mixing with leaves. Get tons and tons of leaves. I would also try to get some manure in there also.
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Post  llama momma on 10/26/2012, 9:33 pm

Thanks so much Lindacol for the idea of spent grains! You are right, we both lucked out. Very pleased to have this local winery source. Turns out pressed grapes has wonderful composting benefits. If anyone wants to read about composting pressed grapes, called pomace, here is a nice article
http://winemakermag.com/stories/article/indices/21-fresh-grape-winemaking/678-the-pomace-predicament

Camprn What in the world is grappa?
I don't know why the vineyard owner doesn't do anything else with it (like compost it back into his fields!)
Get this- he piles it up and periodically burns it.

Triciasgarden - hmmm, maybe I should bag this stuff and sell it tongue


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Post  camprn on 10/26/2012, 10:09 pm

@llama momma wrote:

Camprn What in the world is grappa?



It's not for the faint of heart or palate. Shocked Very Happy
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Post  llama momma on 10/26/2012, 10:35 pm

Ahaa, now I know, thanks.
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Post  walshevak on 10/27/2012, 12:38 pm

@camprn wrote:
@llama momma wrote:

Camprn What in the world is grappa?



It's not for the faint of heart or palate. Shocked Very Happy
Grappa

I had a glass of the Georgian version and boy was it it strong. I couldn't finish it.

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Post  Kelejan on 10/27/2012, 3:15 pm

@walshevak wrote:
@camprn wrote:
@llama momma wrote:

Camprn What in the world is grappa?



It's not for the faint of heart or palate. Shocked Very Happy
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I had a glass of the Georgian version and boy was it it strong. I couldn't finish it.

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Isn't it supposed to be about 50% alcohol?
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Post  plantoid on 10/29/2012, 7:28 am

@camprn wrote:
@llama momma wrote:

Camprn What in the world is grappa?



It's not for the faint of heart or palate. Shocked Very Happy
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Grappa ..
Tastes like the bottom of a parrots cage , gives you a headache in each glass and rubber legs to go with it after glass four .

I had some French friends on holiday who were trying to get me legless on their tipple . They can't handle Irish single malt whiskey & grappa Laughing Laughing

The pressings off the grapes will still have some viable seeds left in them unless you really go to town on your composting .. still that could also be your serendipity ....... wine vines as a fence .
You can make a delicious light hock using vine leaves , boiling water and a bag or three of sugar plus a reasonable 13% wine yeast.
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Post  llama momma on 10/29/2012, 12:10 pm

@plantoid wrote:
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Camprn What in the world is grappa?



It's not for the faint of heart or palate. Shocked Very Happy
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Grappa ..
Tastes like the bottom of a parrots cage , gives you a headache in each glass and rubber legs to go with it after glass four .

I had some French friends on holiday who were trying to get me legless on their tipple . They can't handle Irish single malt whiskey & grappa Laughing Laughing

The pressings off the grapes will still have some viable seeds left in them unless you really go to town on your composting .. still that could also be your serendipity ....... wine vines as a fence .
You can make a delicious light hock using vine leaves , boiling water and a bag or three of sugar plus a reasonable 13% wine yeast.

Well Plantoid, I'm not interested in getting a buzz off this stuff lol, but I wonder if composting/fermenting will produce tipsy tomatoes? :drunken:
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Post  Kelejan on 10/29/2012, 2:25 pm

Tipsy worms, perhaps?
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Post  plantoid on 10/29/2012, 4:55 pm

Ants might invade to consume any sugars left in it whilst composting but once composted the yeasts have usaully dies & becone some thing else.

The only way I know of getting tipsy tomatoes is to inject them with neat Polish vodka and eat them 24 hrs later after chilling them in the fridge Laughing
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Post  Goosegirl on 10/29/2012, 9:45 pm

@plantoid wrote: The only way I know of getting tipsy tomatoes is to inject them with neat Polish vodka and eat them 24 hrs later after chilling them in the fridge Laughing

I have heard of watermelons done this way as well. Cut a hole in the rind large enough to pour in rum or brandy. Pour slowly so melon can absorb. Return rind plug and let sit overnight. Serve at picnic and make sure everyone is over 21!

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