We do everything we can to recycle. We often get asked if we take our bottles back and if we recycle. Labels are a pain to take off, some of them come off easily, and some people even wash them for us. Should this happen, yes, we reuse the bottles. Sometime labels don’t come off so easily, so we put them in a crate outside the brewery, they don’t just sit there, but they do pile up occasionally. So, any home brewers out there looking to save a bit of money on bottles, come and get them. If you don’t, they just go to recycling, but we’d prefer it if homebrewers come and take them away.
Spent grain is also recycled, we have bakers, chicken farmers, and home gardeners come to take it away.
Bread and Dog Treats:
My last kitchen job, I used to bring spent grain in all the time. One of my jobs was to make bread every morning, so I’d toss a bit of that in there. There is still some residual sugars and what not that make the yeast go crazy, it also adds flavor and bulks up the bread a bit, fiber and all that. You should try it. I’ve even had people take it to make dog treats, and as long as there are no hops in the malt, its perfectly safe for dogs, my dog loves it.
We get a few chicken enthusiasts coming through here, and they often drop eggs off, those are some of the best tasting eggs I have ever had and the chickens often go crazy over it. We’ve even had a pig farmer come in once or twice.
Spent grain makes excellent compost. It breaks down pretty quickly. I use it myself and don’t quote me on this, but it almost looks like it helps to break down our kitchen scraps, leaves, and grass cuttings a little faster.
What’s even better is that we don’t charge for taking our grain or empty bottles. You’re doing us a favor and you’re doing the environment a favor. Give us a call at 301-637-9322 to ask us about the grain. Sometimes it sits for a while, but get hear on a brew day if you’re a baker, that way you know its fresh.