Left – 1 teaspoon of yeast was added
Middle – 2 teaspoons of yeast was added
Right – Sludge from another matured enzyme was added (about 1/2 cup)
Good morning, dear friends
All credit of this wonderful tip to shorten the fermentation period of the Eco or Fruit Enzyme for cleaning goes to visitor Jon Q, who had commented at my post earlier of Recipe For Eco or Fruit Enzyme for Cleaning.
Jon Q said,
This is a great idea! I’m trying it now. The reason it takes so long to ferment is that you’re relying on the tiny amount of natural yeast that lives on the citrus peels to reproduce and eat all that sugar. Since there isn’t much yeast at the beginning, it takes a long time to get the fermentation going.
You can speed it up considerably by adding a spoonful of yeast at the beginning. It should take less than two weeks if there’s enough yeast. Another way to speed it up is to save the liquid / sludge at the bottom and use it in your next batch, it will speed things up a lot. Try using a balloon instead of a lid, it will stop the bottles exploding.
If you look at the picture above, you will notice that the bottle with the enzyme sludge added has a more “mature” look in the colour of the enzyme. This shows that enzyme sludge is more effective in speeding up the fermentation process of the cleaning enzyme.
Hmmm….I wonder if the same concept (of using the slush) will work for drinking enzymes?
With this method, I can now harvest a lot of cleaning enzymes in a shorter time, enough for me to liberally use the enzymes for cleaning effectively.
With best wishes,
P.S. Due to the feedback received from visitor, tt, that the bottle of enzyme exploded overnight – please exercise caution before you open the enzyme bottle in case it explodes and the bottle cap hurtles like a missile and may hurt you.
When yeast is added to speed up the fermentation process, the amount of gas buildup is multipled also, and you will need to check your bottles for tension more often.
Here are some tips to stay safe and not have to clean up a big mess :-
1) to test the extent of the gas buildup in the bottle, give the bottle a slight squeeze (if the bottle is not made from hard material) – the degree of tension or flexibility of the squeeze will tell you whether an explosion if likely or not
2) invert a plastic bag over the bottle before opening it – in the event of an explosion, the mess is contained within the plastic bag and the cap will not hurt you
3) to prevent an explosion – remember to check the bottles frequently by opening the caps daily (even a few times a day if time permits).
4) do not make the bottles airtight but keep the cap closed partially with just a couple of twists.