Make Spent Grain Bread with us at home!

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By Maddi Diaz

Here at the Woodstock Inn & Brewery we like to be as resourceful and eco-friendly as we can. One way is using spent grain in our bread and pizza dough. You can do this at home pretty easily too!

What exactly is spent grain? It's a byproduct in the brewing process. The wort is drained off to be boiled with hops. What’s left is called spent grain. We use it as a baking incredient and it can also be used as feed for many different animals.

Here's our spent grain bread recipe. Try it out and I’m sure you will be sharing this one with friends and family for years to come!

Spent Grain Bread Recipe:


3/4 cup warm water
2 TBSP yeast
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup molasses
2 oz. sugar
1 TBSP salt
1 1/2 cups spent grain 1 cup wheat flour
White flour
4-5 cups white flour 1 egg for egg wash

  • Put warm water in mixing bowl, sprinkle with yeast and let dissolve.
  • In sauce pan melt butter with milk. After butter is melted in the hot milk remove from stove and add apple juice, molasses, salt and sugar.
  • By now, the yeast has started to work, so add butter and milk mixture.
  • Add spent grain and wheat flour. Start to mix and add white flour gradually until dough is workable and does not stick to your hands. Knead dough for several minutes, then let rise to double its size.
  • Knock back to original size.
  • Make into 2 loaves, put on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper that is sprinkled with corn meal. Brush loaves with egg wash and sprinkle with spent grain and let rise. Cook at 325 for about 45 minutes.

You can pick up spent grain at the brewery, just call 800.321.3985 a day or two ahead so we can have it ready for you. Then, GET BAKING!

To make your trip even more worthwhile, book a Brewers Weekend “learn to brew” experience and pick up the spent grain then or you can also come for a brewery tour, we do them every day at noon!

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