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Sherry Willis wrote:Nutrients are not necessary for this system. The grain itself contains all the nutrients the Fodder needs for the six day growing cycle.
So, about 3-5 gallons a day, depending on how long you leave it. And that's between 6 trays at 12 lbs each, right? And it takes 6 days to grow one out. So, if we go for an average of 4 gallons a day, that's .67 gallons per tray per day, or 4 gallons per 12 lb batch of fodder. Now, not all of this water is used up, but it is interesting to see what is required. 4 gallons weighs 32 lbs, whereas you are producing 12 lbs of fodder from about 2 lbs of seed, so that's 10 lbs of fodder for 32 lbs of water used, or about 2/3 of your water is not used.
Sherry Willis wrote:The system is watered by a 16 gallon sump(6 tray) or a 20 gallon sump(12 tray). Depending on how clean your grain is and the temperature of your room, you can recirculate the water for 3-5 days.
Yeah, I know how that is!
The starch from the grain sticks to the sump and gets sour if you don't clean it well.
.25 hours times 12 times a day is 3 hours total at 12 W is 36 Wh a day. The big one uses 48 Wh a day.
The pump is 12W for the 6 tray and 16w for the 12 tray. I have it set to run 15 min every 2 hours, but think 15 min per 3 hours would be adequate.
R Scott wrote:I have been spending my time finding a source for sproutable grain of a suitable quality.
gary reif wrote:What kind of spray heads do people use for watering?
Jay Green wrote:I just cut to the chase and ferment my feed/grains and thereby making the proteins more available, increase the bowel's efficacy in the absorption process and provide increased healthy bacteria/yeasts to the bowel flora.
It saves on feed costs as well(up to 1/3 previous costs), isn't so fiddly and labor intensive as the sprouting, and when fresh feed is added to the bucket it's like tending sourdough bread mix...the fresh grains feed the beneficial molds there and they stay healthy and thriving. I's one step short of the actual sprouting but it's still the fermented grain....my livestock have other ways of getting greens and the hay/pasture should be enough.
This all can be done in a couple of 5 gal. buckets and doesn't take much tending and fiddling about.