Fred Estrovich wrote:Hi All,
I have a friend who is the head brewer at a small local brewery and tells me that they usually just pitch their spent grains, mostly barley and wheat and some rye . I am wondering if this would be a good thing to compost, and if anyone has any specific recommendations on how best to utilize it in the setting of a small fruit orchard. Will the brewing yeasts help or hinder composting? Any thoughts appreciated.
It is excellent nitrogen source for composting, as Chris has said. I've used it to great effect that way. But because it's wet and gelatinous if you do just throw it in a bin (or on the ground) it will likely compact and and before to long start undergoing anaerobic composting like crazy; so it stinks to high heaven! I always mix it with a robust (or at least absorbent) carbonaceous material (ramial wood chips, rotted sawdust, straw, chicken bedding of pine shavings, etc) to make sure oxygen stays in it. And it is delicious, so no small wonder rodents love it.