Hitchhiker’s Guide

Here is a re-blog of an article on fermentation, and here is a link you can use to purchase the fermenters that I make. One Quart Clear Fermenter, with airlock. The sale is thru Amazon.com so you get all of their buyer protections, etc…

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One Small Change at a Time


Every plant growing in the field is absolutely filthy with bacteria. A study of coleslaw spoilage in the 70s came up with this…

Cabbage, it’s principal ingredient, had a total bacterial count of about 10,000/gram. Microbial growth in cabbage was prevented by storage at 1 C but not at 10 C or above. In coleslaw, the cabbage flora died and was replaced by the flora of the cultured sour cream contained in the dressing.

You are absolutely filthy with bacteria. No amount of anti-bacterial soaps or deodorants will clean you, because every exposed surface, both external and internal is the terrain of the microscopic life that covers the Earth. This is not a problem, of course. You evolved, all the way back to the point that your ancestor was also a single cell, in this environment. All of your processes are tuned to cooperate with our microbe partners, we feed them…

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About dcarmack

I am an instrument technician at the electric utility servicing the Kansas City Missouri metropolitan area. I am in the IBEW, Local 412. I was trained to be a nuclear power plant operator in the USN and served on submarines. I am a Democrat, even more so than those serving in Congress or the White House.
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