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Invisiblebwo
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pasteurizing straw - rippers tek
    #630237 - 05/14/02 11:00 AM (15 years, 18 days ago)

hi. this post is about pasteurizing straw using a large icechest/cooler (rippers tek).

this is the best way to pasteurize imho. anyone else use it? i think more people should know about this tek so heres my experience...

i got an old coleman plastic cooler (metal on the otuside, plastic on the inside) for $5 from the thrift store. i put the cooler in the tub in the bathroom and then filled it up with 180 deg f water (heated on the stove to about 195 deg f and then mixed with some water from the tub faucet). then i submerged a large bag of wheat straw and put a brick on it to keep it down. then i tightly closed the lid and let it sit. in an hour or so i will drain it.

this method is much easier than trying to pasteurize on the stovetop.

one possible problem though: when i added the near-boiling water the plastic started to warp and make groaning noises. i dont think it will crack but thats just something to watch out for... dont let the water get too hot!



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Re: pasteurizing straw - rippers tek [Re: bwo]
    #630383 - 05/14/02 12:56 PM (15 years, 18 days ago)

I perform a similar method for all my pasteurization needs, albeit I've only pasteurized straw once, it works well for dung and compost! The only difference is I keep an eye on the temperature and add a little boiling water to keep the temps up around 170F the whole time.


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Re: pasteurizing straw - rippers tek [Re: bwo]
    #631057 - 05/15/02 12:22 AM (15 years, 18 days ago)

keep us informed with how it works out.

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Re: pasteurizing straw - rippers tek [Re: Angel_Magic79]
    #631239 - 05/15/02 06:31 AM (15 years, 17 days ago)

I always did similar, but found it very helpful to adjust the temperature on my hot water heater. I could get 160-170 deg water straight from the tap. The straw cools it down some, usually to about 150, so just a little itty bitty pot of boiling water brings the temperature up to the desired 160. Hot water heaters rule!.

Just be safe and let everyone in the house know you've done it, and be sure to reset it, and use all the superheated water before your three year old's bath time! 160 will poach a baby in a few minutes, not good


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Re: pasteurizing straw - rippers tek [Re: mycofile]
    #631854 - 05/15/02 04:03 PM (15 years, 17 days ago)

"160 will poach a baby in a few minutes, not good"

ewww! haha. you think youd be more sensitive to these things now that youre a parent.

no update necessary: of coarse it works!



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Re: pasteurizing straw - rippers tek [Re: bwo]
    #632897 - 05/16/02 11:00 AM (15 years, 16 days ago)

Never poach babies... Too hard to find toast big enough !



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