I’m Going Sprout- Part 4

So this sprout experiment could have gone better. I think I have trouble shot my problems though. Here are my moth beans in their current state.

A few of them germinated...

A few of them germinated…

As you can see, there are some serious sprouts happening, and also some stubbornly dormant beans. What you cannot see is the smell that has developed in this jar. These beans are stinky. A few of them are fuzzy. A few more are slimy. I’m not going to eat them. I threw them away.

I am not going to abandon the concept however. After surfing numerous websites I have the following information, which I will use in the future:

  1. My cabinet is a little chilly, which may have caused the beans to sprout slowly. I’ll try again when it is warmer.
  2. My DIY draining lid may have drained insufficiently. The extra water promoted the fuzz and slime. Next time, I’ll use a piece of cheese cloth over then mouth of the jar.
  3. I may not have been rinsing the beans often enough. Some sites recommend twice per day, others advise 3-4 daily rinses.

As for the smell I’m guessing that is a secondary characteristic of the slime and fuzz. Or maybe sprouts just smell? (Any one know?)

So this round of bean sprout production was not a rousing success, but it was a great learning experience. I am glad I tried it.

There is a little more dirt visible in the Food It Yourself garden every day. Soon, I'll be germinating seeds out there.

There is a little more dirt visible in the Food It Yourself garden every day. Soon, I’ll be germinating seeds out there.