Monthly Archives: March 2012

Rustic Italian Bread With Spent Grains


After saving a couple of cups of spent grains from my Czech Dark Lager (Tmave Vycepni), my wife decided to try to put them to the best use possible by incorporating them into a nice bread that would go well with her Beef Bourguignon that she treats me with a few times a year.  This bread turned out perfect in my opinion.  A nice medium size crust that had a perfect hardness to it, and a soft middle that had a nice texture thanks to the spent barley.



1/2 Cup Warm Water (for yeast)
2.5 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar

6.5 Cups sifted bread flower
1 tbs salt
2 Cups Warm Water
1 cup of spent grain

  1. Rise the yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tsp of sugar.
  2. Using a mixer (you can do by hand as well but much more work) with a dough hook, mix  3 Cups of the bread flour, salt and slowly and the yeast mixture.
  3. Slowly add the rest of the bread flour and the warm water, adding the spent grains just before the last of the warm water.
  4. Beat the dough 5-10 minutes once fully combined.  The longer you beat, the better for the gluten distribution.
  5. Place the dough in a warm location and cover with a towel.
  6. Let the dough rise (double in size) and then punch down and knead for a short period of time.
  7. Let the dough rise again, once doubled knead and divide into two loaves.
  8. Let these rise until doubled.
  9. Glaze with egg whites, and make a slice down the middle of each loaf with a sharp knife.
  10. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes and glaze again with an egg wash.  It is useful to have a pan of water in the over underneath the bread while baking which help with the crust.
  11. Bake for another 20 minutes, glaze again.
  12. Bake for 10 more minutes or until lightly browned.


A Bottle Issue

It finally happened.  A gusher.  This is nearly the last bottle of beer in this batch I have left (it was the Deer Balm Brown Ale) and I surprisingly got a gusher.  It was a slow rolling one so I had time to get from the counter to the sink without too much of a mess.
This is absolutely the first gusher I’ve ever had, and being the only bottle of the batch I will blame it on something not completely cleaned out of the bottle by me, and take away needing some better bottle cleaning habbits.
Currently I will soak my bottles in a warm water / Oxyclean mixture between 2 and 24 hours.  Rinse with warm water, and then spray with a sanitizer (currently I’m using Starsan).  I think I will start adding a bottle brush scrub at the beginning of the oxyclean soak to make sure all surface items are removed.
How about you?  Have you had gushers in the past, and was it just one or a couple bottles or a whole batch?  Did you change up your cleaning / sanitizing habits?

Bottle Gusher