I was surprised to learn that there is actually beer brewed with rye! But my purpose was to ferment a rye wash with milk added to make a bokashi serum. What started this idea was after I purchased rye seed to sow in my raised garden beds. I sewed one of the beds with rye and it came up in a few days (see pictures in previous post). Then it hit me! I could have washed the rye before sewing it and make some bokashi serum. So, when I cleared my second garden bed, I did just that. Unfortunately, none of the rye germinated. It apparently needs the starch on the outside of the seed. I replanted after a week or so went by and it has finally started to grow in the garden.
The water from the barley? I let it sit lightly covered for 5 days and then flooded it with milk. This mixture is supposed to sit for two weeks and then be ready for inoculating bran flakes (or something else) to use in ones bokashi bucket to ferment their garbage.
The mixture made it for eleven days and then a spot of white mold began to form. It took a couple of hours for the stink to get out of the house after I took it outside. You farmers know what it smells like when grain contains too much moisture, plus you get docked on the price you get at the grain elevator!
I had some bags of leaves, with a little grass mixed in, cut and bagged by my lawnmower.
I unrolled the tops of the two bags on the left, pulled aside the pulverized leaves, put the curds off of the top of the rye/milk wash in the bags, and recovered with leaves. Then I mixed a handful of worm castings and a couple of ounces of blackstrap molasses with the liquid from the rye/milk wash, added water and poured it in each bag, then resealed the bags. So, in reality, I am substituting the pulverized leaf/grass mixture for the bran flakes.
I got this idea from Jenny’s Bokashi Blog, http://bokashiworld.wordpress.com. Here’s a small excerpt:
Next autumn I have a secret guerilla campaign planned. Instead of being depressed by how many villa owners put out sack after sack of autumn leaves outside their gate to be collected I’d like to go round and collect a few myself. They’d make a great start to the winter soil factory — ready filled with leaves, it’s just to add Bokashi and wait.
Because waiting is something a gardener can’t avoid in the winter. And in spring we have so much else to do it’s nice to get a hand from a few billion busy microbes just longing to get working.
Since I had a problem with mold, I will probably use kombucha tea to start my bokashi inoculants, at least until it warms up again. That is what I used to inoculate the leaf/grass mix in the other three bags. Well, actually, I used some finished fermented garbage from one of my bokashi buckets, also, plus I have a whole straw bale to do something with, but I will leave these stories for future posts.