How to Make Your Own Fermented Bran
- You can use almost any kind of organic material: wheat bran, rice bran, saw dust, shredded fall leaves, chipped yard waste, etc.
- The material has to be dry and in a granular form.
- We use wheat bran because they are easy to use, and they’re relatively inexpensive at bulk quantities.
wheat bran 10 lbs
molasses 4 fl oz (blackstrap, unsulfured, cane molasses)
EM•1 Microbial Inoculant 4 fl oz
water 80 fl oz
The liquid ratio is 1:1:20, that is,
1 part molasses : 1 part EM•1 : 20 parts water
bowl to mix the liquids
airtight container (for fermenting the bran in
(optional) PET bottle
- Place the wheat bran, which should be very dry and flaky, in the mixing bin.
- Mix the liquids in a bowl: 20 parts water, 1 part molasses, and 1 part EM•1. Mix until the molasses has fully dissolved.
- Slowly add the liquid mixture to the wheat bran until it’s about 30% moist (by hand, it should form into a ball but break apart when touched).
- Mix the liquid into the wheat bran thoroughly (no dry spots and no too-wet spots).
After thoroughly mixing, put into an airtight container.
Press down to squeeze out air.
Put a plastic bag or sheet on top of it.
Close lid tight. (optional: place books, or such, on top of the lid)
Mark the container: “Do Not Open”
“Ready after <write the date 2 weeks from making it>”
Let it sit at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.
White mold is good if it appears.
After 2 weeks, air-dry by spreading it out thinly or sun-dry it.
When dry (crunchy feel to it), keep in a container or ziplock
away from moisture (keeps for over 1 year), & it’s ready to use.