I've just made my first attempt at BRF tek, and I've got a few questions.
1. I inoculated with LC but I do not believe that the liquid ran down the sides of the jars to the bottom, which seems like it'll cause things to take longer and maybe stall out / fail. It's because my holes in the lid weren't close enough to the edges I'm sure. Oh, and also because I'm using pint jars as that is what I had on hand. Assuming I remake lids with holes closer to the edges, will the pint jars be a problem? I guess they'll take longer to colonize when it sounds like fast fast fast is the name of the BRF game, so probably I should get some half pint jars.
2. At the top of the jar, there is an air gap. I filled the jar with the BRF mixture, tapped on the counter a little if I saw big air gaps, but other than that didn't press the mixture down into the jar. (I used 1/2 cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup verm per jar with a little left over.) Then I topped with dry verm, leveled, and put the lid on. Again I didn't press down on the dry verm. Will the air gap cause problems like contamination? If so, what should I do to pack the jar better?
3. Here's a pic of growth after one day. At least something went well. The inoculant was Purple Mystic LC that's pretty thick with mycelium. I put 10 ml into each jar, so roughly 2.5 ml per inoculation point.