Just as with anything the art of fermenting is a learning process.
I was recently reminded of that when one of my ferments was contaminated by mold. The good thing is that when something goes wrong it is a chance to learn. I felt frustrated because I had successfully ferment several things without a mold issue. I was confused as to why this ferment was contaminated. I needed to find out why so that it didn’t happen again.
*If you ever have a ferment contaminated by mold do not consume it. Several sites suggest scraping the mold of the top and eating the ferment if it smells ok. You can become sick and even die from some molds. It is never worth the risk.
My search for reasoning lead me to a few conclusions and a few changes. I need to create a more anaerobic environment for them as well as allow a way for carbon dioxide to escape. Learning this I am going to change how I ferment my foods. I am going to set up several air lock caps for my mason jars. For this system to work I need a air tight seal on the lid and we have a plan for that. In addition to the airlock system I am going to weigh my solids down. I ordered glass weights for this. Many people suggest a smooth rock for this job. However my goal is to prevent contaminants to my ferments so I want to take out as many variables as possible. I looked into wheat ferments need oxygen and in all my searching I found two, they are sourdough and Kombucha.
I also found out that it is better to measure your salt my weight instead of tablespoons. We already have a scale that is for this from our wine kit so I don’t even have to make a purchase to start that. I also found a great salt/water percentage calculator at this LINK. A huge help for my mathematically challenged brain!
There will be a follow up post on DIY Airlock Lids.
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