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Straw shelf life.....
    #11330250 - 10/27/09 10:54 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I bought a bale of straw and it got wet. Can i still use the straw or will i have problems with mold and bacteria? Also will the straw when dry keep indefinitely? Thanks for everyones help here! Thank you


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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: Macattack2112]
    #11330435 - 10/27/09 11:35 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I'd like to know as well. I've got some dry straw wrapped in plastic that has been sitting around for a while now.


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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: Kamek]
    #11331070 - 10/27/09 01:39 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

yeah the straw is ok. u have to pasterize it to use it.. don't u think that the straw has been wet before. it grows in fields... u need to let it dry yes.. u have to pasterize it to use it .. i am not sure how long it will last.


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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: SOUTHERN]
    #11331477 - 10/27/09 02:51 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

you might have problems but generally not, straw does not have much nutritional value to molds and bacteria and is one of the main reason for easy growing, when using it.  also you should be able to keep it for a long time (sorry I have no definite answer on time frame) if stored in a dry place away from rats and termites etc.

If the straw is properly dry before being stored in plastic it should be fine for use.


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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: solumvita]
    #11332406 - 10/27/09 05:47 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

If it got wet, toss it.  Dry straw will last for several years.
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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #11333044 - 10/27/09 07:16 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Several years?
2? 5? 10?

Does it lose its nutrients over time??


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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: Kamek]
    #11335414 - 10/28/09 12:40 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

how wet did it get? If its just surface wetness, move it inside a barn or garage, and get it drying. I've used pretty wet bales that grew mushrooms fine without issues.

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Re: Straw shelf life..... [Re: Cryogenicz]
    #11337072 - 10/28/09 11:11 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Hi Graham, love your videos. It was left outside and it rained. RoggerRabbit says toss it? Also when pasteurizing the straw how do I strain the access water. Do I let it sit in a pillowcase or do I put it right in the poly tube and add my colonized grain? Thanks


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