Microbial Compost Heads Unite

I always read or hear in articles and videos people saying that when a tea, ferment or some kind of home made KNF product goes 'bad' ie anaerobic that you should just throw it on your compost pile.
My concern/question with that is if the compost pile has passed the heating up 'thermo' stage won't the added anaerobes be detrimental to the quality of the compost?
I soak horse manure and alfalfa in LAB for a few hours before giving it to my worm bins but yesterday I didn't have time to apply it and this morning it had turned anaerobic so I dumped on my compost pile but then it immediately got me thinking.. did I just fuck up?
 

Northwood

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Don't stress it! Anaerobic bacteria won't be able to survive in the oxygen outside.

They won't bother you or mess up your pile. You murdered them!
Agree, even if they're facultative anaerobic bacteria, they might live but they'll just switch over to aerobic respiration mode and you're still good. Hopefully not E. coli though, but they're mesophilic and if the compost pile heats up, they're dead anyway too.
 
Another thing I've also been wondering about compost for a while is: how serious does the chlorine in normal tap water affect the microbial life when wetting the compost pile. I always dechlorinate the water for my plants but how important do you think it is otherwise?
 

getogrow

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Another thing I've also been wondering about compost for a while is: how serious does the chlorine in normal tap water affect the microbial life when wetting the compost pile. I always dechlorinate the water for my plants but how important do you think it is otherwise?
That little amount of chlorine in tap dissipates too fast for you to worry about it. same applies for plants for the most part*.
 

kingromano

Well-Known Member
chloramines wont
you will get a diminished result
thats my opinion

with city water id prefer to go sterile
with well water/ro or AC condensation water you want to use bennies
 

getogrow

Well-Known Member
chloramines wont
you will get a diminished result
thats my opinion

with city water id prefer to go sterile
with well water/ro or AC condensation water you want to use bennies
Yes, they use a lot of chloramine these days and that dont dissipate like chlorine does but i wouldnt worry about a compost pile that much unless you have the time and money to do so. I do agree with you though. if you have the time then use filtered water or well water.
 
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