Beer and composting

Our compost heap
Fermenting nicely…

Sandy has been brewing beer today – the second brew of the week. Usually he brews once every couple of months or so (there tends to be a longer gap in the summer because we’re so busy with other things, and sometimes it gets a bit too warm), so this week has been a bit of a slog for him.

He wants to bottle the brew he made today, which will be a first for us, and we’re hoping that it’ll be good enough to give as presents to friends at Christmas. I’m sure it will be: his brews – totally against the stereotype of home brewing! – have all been delicious so far.

He’s made this bottling beer using a recipe based on Worthington’s White Shield. It’s an India Pale Ale which has been brewed in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire (our county!) since the 19th century, and is just about managing to withstand the pressures of mega-brewing corporations to survive into the 21st.   Can’t wait to taste this one in a few weeks.

Besides having loads of lovely cheap beer to drink, one of the great benefits of brewing days is the boost that it gives to our compost heap (which is especially needed in the winter).  Something about all those warm malted grains seems to perk everything up and get the worms all excited.  So it seemed a perfect opportunity to share a picture of our compost heap with you… lucky people!   If you’re an enthusiastic composter or would like to be – don’t forget to enter our Housewarming Giveaway – you could win a Wiggly Wigglers voucher to get you started (or buy youself some gorgeous mohair socks!).

5 thoughts on “Beer and composting

  1. Great post. Although we have a nicely decomposing compost pile, our home brew leftovers go to the pig next door. When my hubby worked at a brewery, a farmer brought a truck every week to pick up the spent grains for the pigs.

      1. I’m indebted to Brew Your Own Real Ale at Home by Graeme Wheeler & Roger Protz for the technical terms (as well as most of the recipes!). They reckon:

        grist – before it goes in the mash tun
        goods – once it’s been mixed with the water, sorry ‘liquor’ 🙂
        grains – spent goods

        I always forget which one’s which..

  2. I’ve thought of trying to compost but living in the country I’m afraid that we might attract more of the wild critters that already visit.

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