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OfflineDarK_SavioR
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Microwave sterilization of grain
    #527646 - 01/21/02 10:07 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Ok, I've been thinking about this for a little while. I was wondering if anyone thinks it'd be possible to sterilize your subtrate using a microwave?

My first idea for going about this was to steam your finch seed or grain, then put it in microwave safe jars or a spawn bag and nuke it for like 15 - 20 minutes... I'm thinking it will blow up though. But, lets say the grains do blow up but don't mess up your bag or jars... wouldn't it still contain all the nutrients and stuff and the mycelium still colonize it? Another thing I thaught of with this tek is that the microwave might dry out the substrate real bad.

My second idea just now came to me and it sounds like it might work... I had one of those eureka things when I was fixing some ramen noodles. I always put my ramen noodles in a bowl with water and nuke it instead of boiling the stuff. That made me think of putting the dry (not steamed or boiled or anything) finch seed in the microwave safe jars with water and nuking them for like 20 minutes. Just like the other way of going about making your grain jars with a pressure cooker. I was thinking that this method would help lessen the chances of drying out your substrate and it would also keep the grains from exploding and also allow you to nuke it a lot longer. Just an idea

Keep in mind that its not heat sterilization, its the radiation thats sterilizing everything. Also, radiation heats from the inside out (thats why stuff blows up) so I'm thinking that means it will work fine with getting inside grain. I'm gonna use a peanut butter jar or something later on tonight and see how well my second idea works. Assuming the grain expands and absorbs the water like I'm hoping it will, I'm going to sit the jar up and see if any contams show up... if they don't, I'll repeat the process a few more times to make sure I didn't just get lucky.

Whats everyone's thaughts on this? It'd be quicker than pressure cooking and it'd also allow people to use grain substrate without investing in a pressure cooker. Oh ya... and does anyone know if canning jars and poly-fil are microwave safe? hehe


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #527657 - 01/21/02 10:24 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Ok... I forgot to mention this... I think the water will probably boil and I also know from experience that you can melt plastic containers full of water in the microwave and shatter glass, hehe. I'm still gonna experiment with this though.


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #527672 - 01/21/02 10:43 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Microwaving for 20 minutes without water might cause the substrate to burn. When I microwaved substrate for 10 minutes the container started to melt after 8 minutes and a short while later the substrate started to burn because most of the water was gone.

You can microwave canning jars but the lid will have to be loose so the steam can escape, one inoculation hole will not be enough. An alternative would be to just use the ring with a filter disk and the filter disk will allow for the steam to escape. Also you will have to cover the metal with something to keep it from being exposed, otherwise you'll get arcing in the microwave. (Try the Glad "Stand & Zip" quart bags, just put them upside down over the jar - I've used this to boil a batch of mycellium/honey water).

I really doubt a microwave will do a good job on a quart jart with grain. I did a test recently with a quart jar filled with PF style substrate. I boiled it for an hour then immediately transferred it to the microwave for 5 minutes on high. As soon as it was done, I shoved a candy thermometer in the middle of the jar half way down and the temperature was under 200 degrees farenheit. This tells me that the microwaves weren't penetrating deep enough to heat the interior of the mass - but it was a lot hotter on the surface.

I have had good results (better than boiling half pint jars but still not perfect) microwaving smaller flat containers, again with the PF style substrate but never with whole grains.


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: ]
    #527674 - 01/21/02 10:48 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I think that filter patches are water tight aren't they? So that would mean the air would be able to escape the jars without losing moisture I think. I didn't think this would work with larger jars or spawn bags but I figured it would be worth a try if it did work with half pint and pint size jars. I had thaught it might burn the substrate after drying it out also... thats why I considered the ramen noodle idea a eureka moment, hehe... I'm thinking it would be a while before the grain expanded and absorbed all the water, so you'd just have to keep an eye on your jars and then pull them out once the grains have expanded.

Oh ya... I use the plastic, reusable lids on my jars with 1/4" holes stuffed with poly-fil


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Edited by DarK_SavioR (01/21/02 11:16 PM)


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #527702 - 01/21/02 11:18 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Filter patches will allow steam to escape (at least the material I have used), liquid water has a harder time. Also you should really pre-soak the grain to activate the bacterial endospores, this makes them easier to kill. Endospores can be thought of as bacteria that have gone into hibernation to survive a dry environment, in this state they are much more resistent to high heat and other environmetal conditions which might ordinarily kill them. By pre-soaking the grain, bacteria become active again and more vulnerable to our efforts to kill them


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: ]
    #527793 - 01/22/02 01:20 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I'll try soaking the seeds for a little while first but not to the point that the grains begin to swell. That should help out some and still allow me to nuke it longer without the grains swelling and absorbing all the water and getting burnt or too dry. Thanks for mentioning that.


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #528003 - 01/22/02 09:23 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

what was wrong with a pressure cooker?...
the microwave has alot of other problems.. not to mention that it really does not cook very well.. ever made steak in the microwave?...


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DinoMyc]
    #528319 - 01/22/02 04:24 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Nothings wrong with a pressure cooker... the microwave would just be another alternative and save you the cost of a pressure cooker. I plan on using a pressure cooker 99.9% of the time, I just figured a microwave would be a good way of going about it for people that just grow for small personal stashes and stuff... just something to experiment with.


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #528550 - 01/22/02 10:12 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

my wookie friend sometimes sterilizes pf type jars (but with whole brown rice) in the microwave for about 5-7 minutes, you just cant allow the grain the explode, thats bad.
i think you're gonna have to use a PC to use a whole grain culture the way you want... cmon, its not that hard you lazy bastard. :wink:
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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: felixhigh]
    #549606 - 02/13/02 03:29 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

bad ideah. very very bad...charlie babit squeazed and pulled and hurt my neck..yeah....bad ideah...definately definately a bad ideah....yeah


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: kevman]
    #549615 - 02/13/02 03:39 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)



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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #549710 - 02/13/02 07:40 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

>Keep in mind that its not heat sterilization, its the radiation
>thats sterilizing everything.

You obviouosly don?t quite know how a microwave works.
It?s the heat that emerges when the microwave radiation hits certain molecules, not radiation that sterilizes. We?re talking microwaves here, not gamma rays.

Please read how it works here:
http://rabi.phys.virginia.edu/HTW/microwave_ovens.html
http://www.howstuffworks.com/microwave.htm
hthttp://www.gallawa.com/microtech/mwfaq.html


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Re: Microwave sterilization of grain [Re: Anno]
    #549789 - 02/13/02 09:49 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

not quite as high up on the spectrum ...hu...hu


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