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Enema Bag Jones

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Various questions
    #2877903 - 07/11/04 01:19 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

My friend has a few more questions should would like answered:

1. There seems to be a significant amount of sawdust in her manure. She was wondering if this would alter the performance of her poop. She was kind of hoping that because the sawdust is weathered a bit, it may help retain some water. Also, should she just take shovelfulls of the whole thing (not discriminating against the sawdust), or do you people select the nuggets specifically, leaving as much sawdust as possible?

2. She had this tentative idea to use a vegetable grater to shred up the shit, do you think that would work?

3. Approximately how wet should the manure be for pasteurization? How wet for inoculation and colonization?

4. On her previous fruitings, she used a small computer fan to constantly circulate fresh air into the chamber. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to this? Her rh always stayed high enough but would fanning 3 times an hour be better than a constant flow?

5. When breaking up grain jars, how vigorously do you do it? Just break up and shake once? Break up and shake very well (10 seconds)? The reason she asks this is because she broke up some grains that other day and one of the jars didn't recover and she thought it may be due to the trauma from a vigorous shaking. When she shakes them the only mycelium visible is where the kernel's split, otherwise it just looks like regular popcorn. SHe thinks she may overdo it.

5. If actinomycetes are so adept at protecting the substrate against competitors, would it be possible to culture the bacteria and inoculate the substrate prior to pasteurization? How about adding a food source for the actinos to the casing layer so they give the same protection for the casing material?

Thank you very much.

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Re: Various questions [Re: no-tone]
    #2877942 - 07/11/04 01:35 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

1. - I have used the same thing. It worked fine. If you can select the nuggets alone, or get a high nugget/wood ratio it would be even better. Be sure to break the chunks up though...

2. - Probably would work...

3. - Wet to the point when squeezed, nothing drips but water comes out between your fingers.

4. - Disadvantages would be circulation of contaminant spores if one becomes contaminated, and you are only circulating stale air in the chamber. You still need to have air exchange.

5. - Shake them enough to loosen the kernels. They will recover... The popcorn shells are not easily digested, mycelium grows on the surface of them. If the kernels are split then the mycelium has most definetly penetrated the popcorn since the starchy interior is exposed...

5 (#2). - They are thermophyllic and grow at elevated temperatures. Look into Phase II pasteurization...

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Re: Various questions [Re: ATWAR]
    #2879207 - 07/11/04 08:41 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

The fan brings in fresh air from the outside, it will be filtered by a few coffee filters secured by an elastic band.

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