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#1 Old 07-07-2008, 05:19 AM
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My sprouts keep going mouldy. I need advice! I've looked at all the obvious stuff - environment, age of seeds, hygiene, rinsing, sprouter etc etc etc, so I'm wondering if there's any obscure causes that I might be overlooking. Any ideas?
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#2 Old 07-07-2008, 05:26 AM
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Are you rinsing the sprouts twice a day and placing the sprouter in such a way that it can drain completely? Sporuter also needs to be a place where air can circulate freely.
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Are you rinsing the sprouts twice a day and placing the sprouter in such a way that it can drain completely? Sporuter also needs to be a place where air can circulate freely.

Yup. Thoroughly rinsing, and lots of drainage/circulation.
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What are you using as a sprouter?



Have you tried placing the sprouter in a place that gets some sunlight?
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What are you using as a sprouter?



Have you tried placing the sprouter in a place that gets some sunlight?

I'm using a 3-tier sprouter (tried with just one tier in use). It's currently in a warm, dry, room... getting plenty of indirect sunlight, but no direct sunlight.
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Sounds like you could have to many sprouts in the jar .

Give your dishes a good washing

Do you start them of in the dark ...its best to , or even just throw a cloth over them the jars to reduce light
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Sounds like you could have to many sprouts in the jar .

No. Tried with just a few.



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Do you start them of in the dark ...its best to , or even just throw a cloth over them the jars to reduce light

Not tried that. That's next on the list then.
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We used to sprout lentils quinoa and a few other things when I worked at the raw bar. We always put them in the back room which so happened to have the refrigerator and the dehydrators in there as well. So the temperature would get pretty high, like 90 sometimes. Maybe the temperature helped, maybe not.



We also rinsed at least two maybe three times a day, the type that were about an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and myabe 2 inches deep. I would make sure and move the sprouts around to make sure they get well rinsed, and then tilt the tray so that as much water would come out as possible.



I hope this helps. If not I would google sprouting instructions or even go out and get a book about sprouts (Since each different type of sprout does differently).
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Maybe they aren't really mouldy? Seriously:

http://www.sproutpeople.com/help.html#Anchor-My-23240
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Maybe they aren't really mouldy? Seriously:

http://www.sproutpeople.com/help.html#Anchor-My-23240



this was my first thought too. if its white fuzz on everything that you see before watering, but that goes away afterwards, its most likely their little leg (ok, root) hairs- the sprouts are sending out roots looking for more water cos they're thirsty. if its brown or grey or green, thats another thing. grab a sprout and have a proper closeup look.



*note to jen: stop personifying your sprouts, it makes it hard to eat them*



see here: http://www.sprouting.com/faq.htm#fuzz
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Maybe they aren't really mouldy? Seriously:

http://www.sproutpeople.com/help.html#Anchor-My-23240

I did wonder about this initially, so I left one batch to carry on growing, and they turned into a furball.
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Is it really humid where you live? I live in Texas and have had some mold issues. You can sprout them in the 'fridge which might help.
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My sprouts keep going mouldy. I need advice! I've looked at all the obvious stuff - environment, age of seeds, hygiene, rinsing, sprouter etc etc etc, so I'm wondering if there's any obscure causes that I might be overlooking. Any ideas?



You could try adding a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to your rinse water every other day or so.
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