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ellie acorn
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i was wondering if there are any chemists out there or other folks who have played around with whey. i have a bunch of whey these days and no animals really to feed it to. other than drinking some and making soap with some i was looking for other recycling methods. i have a stropharia mushroom patch and was wondering if it would like whey. i think all the lactose in the whey is like sugar if i'm not mistaken and doesn't fungus' like sugars. i was wondering though if it would feed the bacteria before the fungus could get to it and then work against the fungus.

another idea i had was using it to feed the microbes in aerated compost tea. has anyone used whey to feed microbes?
does anyone know what other enzymes and things are in whey?
 
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Many people, myself included, use whey to soak grains, to decrease their phytic acid and other "anti-nutrients". You need to have something acidic in there for it to happen, and as long as you're at it, why not make it something nutritious?
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Whey makes a fine generalized soil supplement to increase fertility and soil life. If you can't feed it to animals feed it to the soil, the garden, lawn, and pasture should love it!
 
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Another idea, based on Dave's, is to put it on your compost pile. Then all that enzymatic, nutrient dense stuff can get mixed in with the old leaves, etc, and possibly be less of a vector for disease.
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