Black strands growing in beet stem ferment

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Black strands growing in beet stem ferment

Postby mallhattan on Tue Jan 16, 2024 1:55 am

Hi all,
New fermenter here. I've attached a pic of some dark/black elongate blobs that grew in a ~2-week beet stem ferment I made (with garlic and ginger). The blobs grew most prominently on the outside of the glass I used to weight the veggies down under the liquid. I see the white Kahm yeast, but this dark stuff doesn't look like that of like mold either. Any ideas what this is? thank you!
-mallhattan
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dark strands growing on glass in beet stem ferment
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Re: Black strands growing in beet stem ferment

Postby Christopher Weeks on Wed Jan 17, 2024 5:42 am

I've never seen anything like that. Are you sure it's microbial product and not something that floated up out of your produce and then stuck there? Does it have an odor?
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Re: Black strands growing in beet stem ferment

Postby mallhattan on Mon Jan 29, 2024 5:57 pm

I'm not sure if it floated up, but it wasn't there the first week or so of fermenting. I threw it out anyway. I'll see if I can reproduce it and will update as needed
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