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Recipe – Homebrew Barley Spent Grain Bread

Homemade whole grain barley bread, made from the spent grains left over from home-brewed beer.  I use my bread machine to make the dough, you could follow this recipe and knead by hand also. Recipe makes 2 large loaves.


  • 1 1/4 cups 90 degree water
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups spent grains


  1. Measure ingredients into bread machine in the order listed.
  2. Set bread machine to dough cycle
  3. Remove from bread machine and punch down dough
  4. Divide into 2 loaves
  5. Place loaves on baking sheet
  6. Let dough rise for 1 hour
  7. Bake bread at 375 degrees, 35 to 45 minutes until knife comes out clean.
  8. Remove and place on cooling racks


  • Beer can be substituted for the water.
  • Bread flour not all purpose flour.
  • Use spent grains wet, straight from mash tun.
  • Let cool before cutting.


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