Sprouting wheat from a moisture compromised bag

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sharon McK, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Sharon McK

    Sharon McK New Egg

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    I received a free bag of local wheat. Upon opening it to start a batch of sprouts, there are weevils, which is ok, though fewer grains to sprout, but when bagging up to put in the freezer, I see there are also clumps of dust in the middle and bottom. The dust I assume to be the feces, but clumping indicates moisture, right? Is this bag usable for sprouting at all? I was thinking of treating with some vinegar in the soak, then if there is no mold growing, is that safe?
     
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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Personally, I'd not bother to sprout that stuff. If I had it, I'd bury it in a hot compost or haul it to the dump. If you bring it in your house, you run the risk of infesting your kitchen pantry with the miserable bugs.
     
  3. Sharon McK

    Sharon McK New Egg

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    Yes, that was why I was rebagging for the freezer, which happens to have room.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The moisture/clumping would be from the weevils themselves processing the moisture naturally in the grain.

    I'd make darn sure your freezer is subzero as some pests won't be killed by a typical freezer.

    I process the wheat bran for my meal worm farm in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes or so stirring frequently as I don't have a subzero freezer.
     
  5. Sharon McK

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    Ah. Good to know re subzero, will turn it down to its lowest. Thank you.
     

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