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From: arf@ddsw1.mcs.com (Jack Schmidling)
Subject: BREWING, SPENT GRAIN
Date: 1992-04-11 04:46:00 GMT


To: Homebrew Digest
Fm: Jack Schmidling

>From: bgros@sensitivity.berkeley.edu (Bryan Gros)
>Subject: brewing definition

>Why is making tea usually called "brewing"? no fermentation involved.

Fundamental to the brewing process is STEEPING and that is how tea is
prepared and how mashing extracts sugar from malt.

Fermentation is NOT integral to brewing, it is an optional additional step.

>And while we're at it, making wine (and mead i guess) should
also be referred to as brewing.

Not unless you steep (yuck) the grapes.

............

In my never ending quest for new uses for spent grain and to KEEP IT OUT OF
GARBAGE DISPOSALS, it gives me great pleasure to announce that MEALS WORMS
like spent grain.

I have been raising meal worms for a number of years to supply food for my
menagerie ranging from toads to bats. Two months ago I started a colony on
spent grain. I started the colony with 10 pupae so that they would have to
change into adult beetles, mature, have sex, lay eggs and hatch with no other
source of food than spent grain.

Well, this morning I found a zillion little worms which seems to prove that
there is no end to what one can do with this stuff. The only problem is that
most of the moisture must be removed so it doesn't rot but that is easy
enough to do.

So don't be surprised if your local brew pub starts to offer meal worms along
with it's beer and beer bread. Watch for some really creative marketing.
Something along the lines of:

"Yuppie Micro-brats, go great with our micro beer, eat 'em by the hundreds
and never get that stuffed feeling".

Then, I really get excited thinking about McMicro-brats.....

Over one million sold, every minute, in fact, on every bun. To hell with
malt mills and videos, my future is in worms..

js

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