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Step 5

The morning of the third day

Again we do the same as the last 2 steps. Aeration is very important. Everything is developing quite nicely.

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We can now see traces of the mold growing. The humidity is just right. And the odor is developing into the sweet, flowery, fruity bouquet characteristic of the Aspergillus oryzae growing on rice.

We’ll have a look after another 12 hours this evening.

Step 3

The morning of the second day

Open the incubator, check the temperature and adjust if necessary. Take out the two containers and mix in air by scraping the rice mass back and forth at least three times.

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Break up any clumps that form and get a feel for the dry/wetness of the rice. If it clumps or cakes together, it’s too wet and will have to be aerated more and more often. If too dry, a sprinkling of water while aerating will help.

After aerating put the dampened cloth lid back on and put back into the incubator, alternating between the top and bottom shelves. Leave to grow.

Next step after about 12 hours.