Did you know that there are all kinds of foods that you can make from beer brewing ingredients? It’s true. Stop by your local home brewing supply store and there is a good chance you will find product like hop candy or energy bars made from malt. You can even make your own foods using home brewing ingredients that are left over after the brew. Let’s take a look at a few of these foods.
My wife is a hop-head, so one of the main ways that she has survived being pregnant without going through IPA withdrawals is to have an occasional hop candy from B-Hoppy. These are excellent little hard candies made with hop oils, and they taste just like a hoppy beer! You can find them in the flavors of Cascade hops, Saaz Hops, and East Kent Golding hops.
Looking for an energy bar with a malty flavor? Brubars are made with barley malt so that they can give you the sugars you need for energy without making the bar overly sweet. They are all-natural and vegan, and by the nature of their ingredients they stay nice and soft so they are easy to eat and do not freeze as much as other bars in cold weather. These bars come in four different flavors, including Original Malt, Cherry Almond, Apricot, and Oatmeal Raisin.
Spent Grain Foods
If you are home brewing beer you are bound to have some grains left over at the end of the process that were simply exposed to water during the brew but are no longer needed for the brewing process. These are called “spent grains,” and there are many things that you can do with them. You can make great baked products like scones, cakes, and brownies, or you can even make dog treats. Find some recipes for spent grain products at the Brooklyn Brewshop “Spent Grain Chef” blog.
Do you have a favorite food made with beer brewing ingredients? Tell us about it in the comments below!