Here in the Pacific Northwest, recycling, reuse, and composting are widely practiced. There’s a passion for it, especially in the city. Walking down the residential streets in Seattle, you’ll notice sidewalk gardens everywhere, blooming with beautiful flowers or delicious veggies, made rich from compost-enhanced soil. So here at PicoBrew, naturally, we love the idea of reusable goods. One of the best things about our PicoPaks (aside from the delicious end result) is that they are biodegradable. Whether you’re feeding your compost bin, or your animals, the grain can go a long way.

PicoBrewer Sadielyn from New York told us that she makes dog treats out of the spent grains from a Tallgrass Brewing Buffalo Sweat PicoPak she and her husband brewed on their Pico.

Many brewers sell or give their spent grain to local farmers for nutritious animal feed. We even know some urban chickens who love eating it! Your PicoPak contains the perfect amount of grain for a small batch of treats for your own pets.

Sadielyn sent us some photos of the treats she made and got the entire PicoBrew team grinning: these treats weren’t for her pet dog at all. They were for someone very special.

Image by PicoBrewer Sadielyn Ashby

Meet Ziggy. Zigmund Freud, to be precise. Ziggy loves grains and peanut butter and can’t get enough of Sadielyn’s homemade, spent grain cookie treats.

Sadielyn shared this recipe us and we wanted to share it with you:

Spent Grain Dog Treats
Adapted from a recipe by David Ackley
Ingredients (for about 30 dog treats):
1. 2 cups spent grain
2. 1 cup flour
3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
4. 1 egg
1. Use your spent grains as soon as possible after you brew. If making the treats after brew day, collect the spent grain and refrigerate or freeze it to avoid mold
2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
3. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
4. Use a rolling pin and a cookie cutter to form the treats, or just shape them by hand. Be sure to make the treats a size that’s appropriate for your dog.
5. Bake the treats at 350F for 30 minutes.
6. Turn the heat down to 200F and bake for an additional 3 hours to dry them out. Once cool, store them in an airtight container.

Now you and your four-legged friends can enjoy every bit of a PicoPak, down to the last grain. And that, friends, makes us very happy.


Image by PicoBrewer Sadielyn Ashby


*Please Note: Only use the top 3/4ths of the grain from the PicoPak grain bin, and if for whatever reason, your step filter fills up with more than 2 inches of wort, do not use the grains to make treats as hops can be harmful to animals*