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Compost test update @ day 10
    #3263086 - 10/22/04 01:13 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

A while back I had a question concerning the use of compost straight from the bin without hot water pasteurization.

I asked:
"......Friend of mine has a large compost bin containing 60% fresh horse poo, 20% coffee grounds & 20% spent brewers grain which has been composting for about 20 days. The temp. of the pile has been in the 150-170 degree range for the past 10 days. He was wondering if a hot water pasteurization bath is necessary before using this as a substrate. Inoculation of the substrate using WBS planned in the next 7-10 days. Seems that if it is already in that temperature range the compost should be ready to use as is. Would it benefit to a chopped straw addition (pasteurized of course)? Also not sure of the PH, but due to the coffee I imagine that it is on the acidic side, should he add lime. If so, in what approx. ratio."

Thought you might want to hear an update. Here's what I did:
~ took about 3 lbs of straight compost from the inner core of the pile. No adjustments made to PH of water content. No straw added
~ put into a gallon ziplock
~ added one crumbled 1/2 pint BRF/Vermiculite cake (EQ)
~ rolled bag of spawned compost into a extra compact log
~ duct taped TIGHTLY around log
~ poked lotsa holes in bag and tape
~ incubated in dark @ 70 degrees

10 days later here's what I got:

Very dense areas of colonization with no visible contams yet. If it ends up fully colonized w/o any problems I may skip the additional pasteurization. Am I inviting disaster?

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Re: Compost test update @ day 10 [Re: blacklabrat]
    #3263166 - 10/22/04 01:37 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

thats how the grow in nature more or less isnt it? well nature doesn't get the grain transfer :P

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Re: Compost test update @ day 10 [Re: fearfect]
    #3263191 - 10/22/04 01:45 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Great job, blacklabrat! It's always great to see someone push the mycological envelope  :handth:

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Re: Compost test update @ day 10 [Re: blacklabrat]
    #3263338 - 10/22/04 02:37 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

nice work... the internal temps of a compost pile is enought to destroy
a lot of the harmful stuff, it usualy gets to 160-170F if the conditions
are right, the good part about horse poo is that it doesnt require straw,
there is usualy enough undigested plant material to keep it fairly loose

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