depending on your initial cake formula, I'd just pull the few pins off (as described by TVCasualty) so they dont abort and act as a home for contams and dunk them them for 24hrs. I've been reading more posts from ppl these days dunking before their cakes 1st flush. Back to my comment re the initial formula; IMO, the original PF tek is a little water heavy (although this may just be bc I've been using smaller verm). I've switched to 5cups verm : 2.5cups BRF : 2.25cups water and see much faster colonization rates. It was this reduction in the initial water added that also induced me to start dunking before the first flush, i.e. I birth and dunk cakes after I see 1 - 3 pins. Only tried this on ~20 - 30 cakes so far. no hard data yet.
Call me crazy, but I swear I've pulled cakes out of a dunk to find new pins that formed during dunk.
Edited by ilikethings, 08 September 2019 - 10:40 AM.