Spent grains, a by-product of beer brewing, usually ends up in a trough for cattle, but if the FDA gets their way - it could end up in a landfill.
NBCRightNow.com - Spent grains, a by-product of beer brewing, usually ends up in a trough for cattle, but if the FDA gets their way - it could end up in a landfill.
The whole beer brewing process begins with grains, and the hundreds of pounds it takes to brew big batches can never be used again for another beer.
So, many brewers sell or donate that spent grain to local farmers for animal feed. The grain doesn't have any alcohol in it, but the Food and Drug Administration is looking to regulate it as animal feed.
NBC Right Now spoke with a local brewery, and they tell us it's just water that gets passed through the grain.
"The only thing we've done is leeched out a little bit of readily available sugar, but there's still plenty of food value. We leave practically all the protein behind," Head Brewer Kyle Roberson, of Shrub Steppe Smokehouse Brewery in Richland, explained.
The spent grain can also be used as soil for yards.
The FDA's proposal would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.