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sic_vl

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Hi Brewers
Just got a question for any gardeners on here. I know its probably a very random question.
does any one know if its ok to put used boiled grains, including crystal malt and hops into worm farms?
 

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We have a community worm farm at the villas where I live. Little buggers love the grains but don't put in kilos and kilos as they can ferment / rot / heat up - just a few handfuls at a time. I don't know if they like hops, you aren't supposed to give them anything too spicy like garlic or chillies, I'd tend not to give them the hops.
 

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I'd be more curious about how you're using boiled grains in your beer...
 

sic_vl

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Thanks for that Bribie G. I'll add a little and see how they like it. I'll just leave the hops out.
 

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My worms love the grain but will not eat the husks due to the silica content. As Bribe said to much will compost and heat up not a problem in a large bed but in the black plastic worm farm certain death to the worms.


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My worms get grain and hops, haven't noticed any issues from the hops being in there too.

I dump the whole batch worth of grain, etc. into a bin which lives next to the worm farm then when I drop food scraps in the worm farm I'll put a layer of grain out of the bin on top. The grain can get a bit stinky after a couple of weeks so I try to get through it fairly quickly and make sure I've got some worm farm conditioner on hand to sprinkle over when I put a layer in.

I have a fairly large worm farm (250l I think) so on the smaller farms having a whole batch worth of grain waiting to go in might be a bit excessive.
 

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i also throw mine straight on the compost after the mash, throw yeast cake in there too, seems to be fine.
 

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Yeast cake goes around the bushes and scuffed into the mulch, hasn't killed anything yet.
 

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