Fermenters -- Day 3
Day 3 How did these attempts to harvest wild yeast actually do? So far: kahm-covered leaves began fermenting first on Day 1 and raisins, apple peels and lemons, second on Day 2.
1. Kefir grains and apple juice -- some white specks floating on top, but no sign of fermentation.

2. Raisins, apple peel and lemon -- began fermenting on Day 2. No sign of mold.

3. Kahm-covered leaves -- began fermenting on Day 1

4. Potato water -- so sign of fermentation.

5. Kvass -- more white stuff on top. No sign of fermentation, but when I shook it to mix in the scum on top, there was some fizzing. Perhaps it's not fermenting more because, as kvass, it was already fermented as far as it was going to go, so I am going to use it as a starter inocculant in another brew and see what happens. That's the real test for whether something will be a yeast starter.

6. Malt extract. I took it out of the lineup above because the bottle was already firm to the touch, so I put it in the fridge and will drink it with dinner tonight. I can't say how long it took the malt extract to begin fermenting because the malt extract already had a stuck fermentation when I started this experiment, but I can recommend malt extract and water as a suitable medium for harvesting wild yeast.
7. Peaches I just found a peach on the shelf that had a few brown spots and was going soft. In other words, perfect for growing yeast. I peeled it, cut the brown spots out and put peel and pieces in a jar with warm water and half a teaspoon of sugar.

8. Moldy hay. Speak of the devil. A few days ago I mentioned moldy hay on my website, and today I run into some moldy hay while out walking in a cow pasture. (It was a lovely walk through the field by a river. I saw herons, ducks with ducklings and several wet dogs.) Isn't that always the way it is with moldy hay? Mention it one day and there it is the next. Talk about synchronicity. So I took it as a sign that I should try to make a yeast starter with it.

Here is the hayrack, pictured below. The mold was up by the top of the hay. I don't know if it is mold from the barn the hay was stored in or if it developed after the farmer brought it out for the cows. The cows were ignoring it in favor of the grass.

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This is the moldy hay, #8 in the picture at the top of this page. I put it in a jar, added water and invert sugar syrup and covered it with a cloth. No fermentation activity.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz.
Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harr Buhner
Truly Cultured Rejuvenating Taste, Health and Community With Naturally Fermented Foods by Nancy Bentley

How different fermenting mediums actually did to produce a wild yeast ferment:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Days 7 & 8 | Day 9 | Day 10  | Conclusions

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Citric Acid
Coconut Oil

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