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"In my first attemt on growing, I did the PF tek. I got a bit to much water in there I think. Most of the jars look 100%, but there is a few that have stalled at 90%. Im not sure if its the water contam(baaciluss I think), or if its just the wet spots. I looked at pictures of the actual contam in the FAQ, but I really cant tell for sure if its what I got. I have a few questions: 1: Is it possible(if it really is a contam) that it will spread to other jars in the vicinity(even with the verm barrier and 100% colonized) 2: How long should I wait before I know for sure, and what do you do when a jar stalls at 90%"
1. It depends on the contaminant but it's better to play it on the safe side. You can have all the jars in the same place, just put all contaminated jars inside a plastic bag and give it a knot, there's no way something could pass if you take care.
2. Untape the holes if any and flip the jars. That way you'll have a better gas exchange. If it doesn't grow after a week or so after you do this, it means you're dealing with some kind of contaminant, toss the whole thing if so.
I have had exactly this problem, but I would be interested to know what the outcome was, did it get to your other jars?
What I have is a couple of jar in my incubator, with wat looks like wet spot, no growth, a wet look to the rye grain, and a sour dough smell. I have chucked the contamed jars, what are the chances the nasty will have found its way into the other jars? They are just a hole in the lid (1cm) covered with foil.
It did not smell as bad as the FAQ talks about, more yeasty, but I did have a cold right now, so it could be honkin
a friend just had 24 jars w/ bacillus and trust me, when you smell it and there is "wet spot" on it... you will know.. it smells almost like rotten apples... seperate them from the ones that aren't in question and wait for 2 days... then smell... bacillus grows very rapidly and you would definitly smell it by that time if it was the case...