Nan's Worm Casting Spawn Tek

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By Kenny Keller (Kennieyk) on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 06:17 pm: The Nook

Whats the amout of worm casing to a pf cake ?I wanna do the straw tek,Also should they be kept at room temp covered or uncoverd?

By Nan (Nanook) on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 07:42 pm: The Nook

Which specific Tek are you looking at?

By Kenny Keller (Kennieyk) on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 08:11 pm: The Nook

By Nanook of the North (Nanook) on Friday, August 03, 2001 - 08:19 pm
I'm just confused about the worm casing to pf cake. It says 1/3 to a half pf cake . I dont understand . Can you maybe tell me in simple terms or something , thanks

By Nan (Nanook) on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 09:39 pm: The Nook

OK, My Straw Tek Tips... Just want to make sure we are on the same page

Good Tek. I still use it. In fact I sterilize Worm Castings in a metal wash tub. I remove the upper oven rack, place the lower rack in the next to the lowest position, and the metal wash tub fits right perfect inside. It is a multi-functional tub... Anyway

I spread the Worm Castings out so they heat evenly and throughly and bake them at 350*F for a couple of hours. Turn the heat off. Let cool. Do not open the oven. This Oven Tek really works

Everything must be clean, clean, clean. My grinder has washable parts. Those are scrubbed by hand and then washed in the dishwasher with one cup of bleach added to the detergent cycle. The outside of the grinder needs to be clean too because you will be touching the housing, buttons, grinder bin, and the outside of the lid... So I wipe with 10% clorox & soap, then 10% clorox, then rubbing alcohol on a fresh clean rag... See: Sanitizing

Wear gloves. I wipe down the counter, wipe down the jars and place them on the clean counter. Get a clean plate, a plastic cup (scoop), and a knife and spoon out of the dishwasher. I use a large bowl covered with Saran wrap to hold the spawn powder.

Birth the cake, use a spoon to scrape the verm barrier off and break the cake in two. I have worked with cakes that were hard as a rock, and moist as a sponge.

If the cake is dry, you will need less Worm Castings to make a nice powder. If the cake is moist and spongy (as it should be) it will take more worm castings to get a nice powder.

The problem with something like a fresh Max Fruit PF cake in a grinder is that it gums up. You do not want any gumming. You want to add sufficient worm castings into the grinder bin (I use a small two cup food processor $8.00 Wally's) that the cakes fragment cleanly and mix with the castings to form a uniform powder as opposed to collecting together, compacting, and gumming up.

There is no exact porportion because mositure level varies some from cake to cake, batch to batch. Start by breaking up say, 1/3 of a PF cake into marble sized chunks, then scooping in 1/3 of a cup of worm castings. Close the lid on the food processor and grind for about 45 seconds. Dump the powder into a clean bowl, cover with wrap, reload some more cake marbles into the bin, another scoop of castings (adjusting your castings based on your first grind)... Until you grind all the cakes up!

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By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 09:54 pm: The Nook easy tek i use is a packed qt jar of straw with 1" of water in it. another qt jar has dry castings. PC both for 1 hour. Drain straw as soon as you can handle the jar. Just take off the lid and hold upsidedown for a minute. Then pull out straw w/ streile tongs into your clean tub. Pour the qt of castings into the tub. Now toss like a salad till the straw is coated with castings. Then add the dust from 2 ground up PF cakes when the mix has cooled. Toss again. Cover and incubate.
This colonizes very quickly, so have a casing ready to go!!!
Feel free to criticize/critique.....fishy1