Disclaimer: I do not claim this tek as mine. Parts or all this grain prep have been found on the internet. Although perfected by me through trial and error.
This is how I successfully prep my Red Wheat Berries.
Quart jars (optional pints)
S.H.I.P Lids of your choice
Water (tap is fine)
Coarse or Med Vermiculite (optional)
First thing I do is just give the grain a once over, make sure there is nothing else in it but wheat.
Next, fill your jars with grain, a little less than halfway. 1 ½ cups.
Here is where I use a teaspoon of Gypsum per quart. Some will say it is unnecessary, I feel it helps the grains from sticking together and adds nutrients that mycelium thrives on.
Fill Jar to the lower ring at the top with water. Put the lid on and give it a good shake.
Now we let these sit at room temperature for 18-24 hours. This is what they look like after 18 hours. They will have swelled twice their size.
Give them all a good shake and dump them and the water, into a large pot. Set on stove, on high till you get a good rolling boil. Turn heat down to simmer, slight boil. Set timer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, you will want to start checking the grain for doneness. Pull a few grains out and pinch them between your finger nails. There should no longer be any white in the grain, they should be nice n creamy, and translucent. In the picture below, the first 2 are not quite done. The last one is perfect. This batch took 15 minutes. (most times takes 15 mins)
Now we want to get the grain cooled off as quickly as possible to stop the cooking. Put in a strainer, run under cold water. I will put a bowl under the strainer and have it fill up with the cold water.
Now that it is cooled off, strain the water, give the strainer a good shake to get off the excess moisture.
It’s time to load it into jars. I put a small amount of vermiculite on the bottom of the jars to absorb any water that settles. Coarse or Med will work.
Time to PC them. If you are using Tyvek as a filter lid, do not tighten the ring tight, the pressure build up can blow the Tyvek out of the ring. You can tighten them after u pull them out of the PC. Pressure cook 15psi for 90 mins.
A perfectly prepped jar of Red Wheat Berries.
Give the jar a tap on you palm to loosen up the grain before you noc them up. Don’t shake yet as you don’t want to disturb the verm. Once it has colonized 25% then shake it real good to distribute the wet verm into the grain.
Here is an MSS jar colonized in 21 days.
I hope this helps some of you get your grain prep skills down.. This is a first in a series of teks i will be posting. Please feel free to comment and leave any suggestions or questions. All criticism is welcome.
Edited by wharfrat, 18 May 2014 - 07:34 PM.