Antibacterial SOAP Grain Soak Experiment
Posted 21 June 2007 - 07:10 PM
Posted 22 June 2007 - 08:55 PM
The thing that I have observed is absolutely zero mold after 3 weeks and I have a feeling not much bacteria because there is no composting going on. The seed casings are not breaking down at all. The container still smells like fresh manurer, not rotting. I really thought the whole thing would turn to mold especially when it was in the moist stage not wet. I have a feeling the soap is doing it unless the guano itself is preventing composting, but bird guano does compost as far as I know. Wet seed casings should mold almost for sure in my opinion but they're not.
Posted 22 June 2007 - 09:06 PM
Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:12 AM
Posted 24 June 2007 - 11:59 AM
50cc of soap was added to the simmer water, then the corn simmered until it would crack fairly easily with a fingernail. Very few kernels opened up.
The corn was dumped into a colander, allowed to drain briefly with no rinse, and scooped into the bags and sealed. The result was four cups of corn per bag.
The bags were steamed in the PC for an hour and a half, lid on but no regulator, so there wasn't any pressure to speak of.
After cooling, it looks great. No slime, no extra water, kernels not stuck together.
Tonight they get noc'd with lions mane, a couple kinds of oysters, and who knows what else?
So we'll see see how things go here at Contamination Central.
BTW, just got 50# of corn for about 12 bucks at Sam's. Helluva deal.
Posted 24 June 2007 - 12:04 PM
Exactly two weeks earlier I've had a little experiment soaking rye grains in a ordinary dishwashing soap...1 jar with and 1 without the soap.
Everything was cooked for 4 hours in a plain covered pot...maybe even too long but I didn't want to take any chances. They both colonized great and got cased today!
No contam, just that fresh mushy smell
NB: this was not antibacterial soap used...