Make your own FREE bokashi starter.

Summary of Google cache (February 2010) for Bokashi Composting. Newspaper Bokashi Secrets, the now extinct: http  :  /  /bokashicomposting.com/

Making your own bokashi starter culture in place of commercially available EM is incredibly easy.

My goal from the start was to produce bokashi compost without the use of expensive EM, bran or fancy buckets.

The most important component of the commercial EM in relation to bokashi is lactobacillus bacteria, the others are secondary (if at all necessary) and can be cultured in the bucket when conditions are favorable.

I culture my own lactobacillus serum starting with a rice wash water solution.

Making the serum is amazingly simple.

  • I mix one part rice thoroughly with two parts water (1/2 a cup to one cup).
  • Mix thoroughly and vigorously.
  • Drain.
  • The resulting water should be cloudy.
  • Place the rice water in a container with 50-75% head space allowing plenty of air to circulate.
  • Cover lightly (air should be able to move in and out of the container) and place in a cool dark spot for 5-8 days.
  • At the end of the wait the mixture should smell mildly sour.
  • Strain out any particles.
  • Put the finished rice water solution in a bigger container and add 10 parts milk (I use skim).
  • DO NOT seal tightly, the gases must be able to escape.
  • Allow 14 days for a complete ferment, most of the solids in the milk will float to the top revealing the yellowish serum.
  • Strain off the solids.
  • You now have purified lactobacillus serum.

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2 Responses to “Make your own FREE bokashi starter.”

  1. Barbara Says:

    How do I use this in my bokashi buckets? I am totally new at this and need some help!

    • bichofeo Says:

      If I understand you correctly, you have the commercial version of the bokashi buckets, with a tight fitting cover and a faucet or spigot in the bottom. The “bokashi starter” replaces the bran mixture which I understand is sold together with the buckets. If you decide to moisten newspaper in the serum + molasses mixture, and then let it dry, you don’t actually need the spigot or faucet, as not that much moisture is produced as a result of the fermentation. The “bokashi starter recipe” above is the first part, making the serum. The entire process is detailed in this file: http://bocashi.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/bokashicomposting1.pdf Hope this makes sense.

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