Lucky for Gida, we have our own home brewer in the family now. After a few batches, Jeff and his brewing pal took a turn at making dog treats. Here’s how you, too, can make dog treats like the one pictured above. It’s an easy way to make your dog happy and keep your compost bin clear for other stuff.
4 cups spent grain (the pictured treat was made from organic American Pale malt)
2 cups flour
2 cups peanut butter
This recipe is modified slightly from the one on Homebrewtalk.com.
- Mix vigorously (I just like saying “vigorously,” but you can stir it any which way you like. Slowly works.)
- Grease a cookie sheet.
- Press the whole mixture flat on the cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Once they’re a little more solid, break them apart on the sheet into smaller bits.
- Leave them on the same sheet, and bake them again at 225 degrees for two hours. This last part is to ensure they’re properly dried out. Spent grain is engineered to be perfect yeast-growing material, making it perfect mold- and fungus-growing material, too. Heads up, humid-climes homies!
They look and smell just like peanut-butter cookies, and I might have to try one myself.
As with many first-time recipes, there were some downsides to this batch. After a couple days, they’re not nearly as soft as they were initially. For safety, especially since Gida often swallows treats without chewing, I broke them into bits. Even then, it wasn’t easy to break them apart with just my hands. Once bite-sized, Gida did love them as much as I thought she would, but she coughed a few times and drank a bunch of water afterward. For next time, the challenge is making them softer while retaining their mold-resistant qualities.
Thanks in abundance, especially from Gida, to master brewers Mac and Jeff.