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Rye grain ratio question, using less water
    #976864 - 10/20/02 01:27 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

A friend of mine has been working w. rye for a little over a month now. He has had success using a 1:1 ratio (200 gr. rye/200 gr. water, by weight) but when he births the substrate, he always notices that it's really wet, soggy, and very hard to crumble because of this. He also had some bad contams recently. He was wondering if it would be a problem to lower the water content?? Maybe to 180 or 190?? This wouldn't cause any problems except maybe fewer mushies right?? Thanks!!!!

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Re: Rye grain ratio question, using less water [Re: Visigoth]
    #977060 - 10/20/02 03:04 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

Its all about trial and error. Make 12 or so jars, trying different water contents in each, and marking them. Its kind of tedious, but you will find some answers to your questions.



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Re: Rye grain ratio question, using less water [Re: Visigoth]
    #977572 - 10/20/02 07:25 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

or do a moisture content analysis before your run. (assuming you have a scale)
take 100 grams of your rye and dry it in the oven for 2-3 hrs at around 300 fahrenheit. Reweigh the sample and the difference will be the moisture content of your rye.
My chimps rye came out to 12.5% moisture so when he does his quart jars he takes 227 gram of rye and adds 173 milliters (grams) of water to it for a 50% moisture content. (ideal for quart jars according to Stamets)
voila!
much of the rye that is commercially available has between 11-15% moisture content which is why this helps eliminate significant error.


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