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The first batch of organic polished rice koji has grown very well and is now laid out for drying above a heat radiator emitting the sweet fruity fragrance of grapefruit with a slight tinge of cat piss.

This will be a steady scene as new batches come from the incubator over the next month or two.

The air in the house becomes saturated with spores from the mold. We often see koji mold growing in the dirt around potted plants. It is said that in old Japanese farm houses they didn’t have to add koji spores but just left the steamed rice out to become inoculated with the spores from the air.

In the meantime, I’ve also been making rice koji – a new batch every third day. I’m up to 4 kilos now and will do 2 more batches and then switch to making about 5 kilos of barley koji. I do have a larger incubation chamber, so I could make bigger batches faster, but I prefer the slow, steady pace of the smaller ones.

Yesterday I ran out of my japanese tane koji (koji starter), so I got out a package from a company in Olympia Washington USA.

I bought this last year when I was visiting over there, along with starter for barley koji and tempeh. It is so easy to find and contact these companies by internet now days.