Although I have been making pizza for over 45 years, I have only been brewing beer for 3 years and continue to find how well they go together. I was recently at Perfect Brewing Supply ( http://perfectbrewsupply.com ) speaking with John Carroll and he asked if I was going to make a pizza dough using the spent grains from my Oatmeal Stout homebrew. Surprisingly, I had not heard of using brew grains in a pizza dough but I was anxious to try it as it seemed like good synergy between homebrew and homemade pizza. You can brew beer during the day and enjoy great homemade pizza for dinner using leftover grains from your brew.
I made my thin crust pizza with the grains from my Oatmeal Stout that I brewed earlier in the day. I used the normal instructions included in our Pizza Pan King Signature and Deluxe Thin Crust Pizza Kits but added ¾ cup of spent grains to the flour.
1 ½ tsp. Active Dry Yeast
½ tsp. brown sugar
¾ cup warm water
1 package Pizza Pan King flour (2 cups)
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup spent brew grains
1 tbsp. olive oil
I mixed in the yeast mixture and 1 tbsp. olive oil and kneaded for 5 minutes. The grains were a little wet so I had to add about ½ cup of bench flour while kneading to get the dough so it was not too sticky. I let the dough rise for 90 minutes and then made the pizza as you would normally. Cooked the pizza at 420 degrees on the bottom rack for 20 minutes and then raised to the middle rack for 5 minutes until done. It was one of the best homemade pizzas that I have made. The dough rolled out nicely and cooked to a golden brown crisp crust. The taste was awesome. My wife said that she liked the Homebrew grain pizza so much that she may never want a straight flour dough pizza again. It’s nice when your wife is encouraging you to brew some beer so she can have a pizza made with the grains. You can place ¾ cup of grains in sealable bags and refrigerate for several days or place them in the freezer so you have them available when you are ready to make a pizza. I am looking forward to making pizzas from all the different grains from the beers I brew. The oatmeal stout pizza was a winner. Enjoy!