Engineer has taken up a new hobby this year - brewing beer.
He'll have to tell you how to do that another time, all I know is that it pains my perfectly practical soul to see him toss out 6 lbs. of "spent grains." That is, the grains that were steeped and are no longer necessary in the brewing process but are perfectly good.
Not just good but actually excellent quality and have been "soaked" already.
I couldn't rest until I found something to do with all those grains...well, I could...but I'd be dreaming of all those wasted bits of barley.
I found out that if you dried the wheat, you could grind it for flour and/or could dry can it for later use.
Since it takes so many pounds of grains to brew, I had to dry them out in batches.
Once Engineer had strained the grains, I scooped them into gallon sized ziptop bags and let them sit on the counter until they had cooled down enough to store in the fridge until I could get to them.
Drying Spent Grains
Spent Grains from Brewing, drained
Preheat the oven at 200F.
Lay the grains out in about a 1/2"-1" layer on sheet pans, casserole dishes, whatever you have on hand as long as the pan has a lip/rim so the grains don't roll off the sides.
Pop the pans full of grains in the oven for 4 hours.
After 4 hours, stir them.
Put back in the oven for another 4 hours.
Let cool completely before storing the grains.