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straw help
    #3278253 - 10/26/04 06:18 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I pasteurized straw for an hour and half to what i thought was 170 degrees. The straw took up the full volume of the pot save 3 inches. I guess some irregular heating took place. One side was 152 degrees, the other side was maintained 170-180 degrees. Immediatly following removing the straw i jammed the thermometer in different parts. I found temperature varied from 160-190 degrees. Should i just throw this straw out and try using less straw in the next pasteurization or will this be ok?

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Re: straw help [Re: derx]
    #3278292 - 10/26/04 06:40 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

It will probably be ok based on my experiences with straw. I pasturized two Mesh bags just guess at the temp being around 170 for 1 1/2 hours using half boiling water and half hot tap water in a tub in tub incubator with a blanket over it. Both bags colonized all 6 casings I made out of them just fine and are currently fruiting. I should go get some picks.. Two are ready to harvest..

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Re: straw help [Re: derx]
    #3278538 - 10/26/04 09:53 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

my friend lightly boils a large pot with straw in it for 45 mins and has never had a prob....

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Re: straw help [Re: derx]
    #3278802 - 10/26/04 11:34 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

it should be fine... but I try not to go over 180, supposedly it can kill beneficial bacteria.
The lower the temperature the longer the pasturization must take place. and vica versa. So if one side was 150 and another was 170, 1 hr 30 min sounds like a good middle ground.

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