I have been using this bucket for amount a month and a half… maybe 2. The tea was fine at first with no mold, but now i\’m finding thick pungent mold. Have I used it for too long? I have temporarily posted pictures to a private blog of the inside of my bucket to help access the danger. LINK: https://holisticsustainable.edublogs.org/2021/06/28/119/
Thanks for the question. It sounds like you may have left the tea a bit longer than we would recommend, hence the smell.
We recommend draining your tea every couple of days but it won’t be a big problem if you miss a day or two. There are two main reasons to drain the tea regularly is:
- If you leave the tea too long, the reservoir at the bottom of the bucket may fill up and the contents of your bokashi composter will become too wet. This may cause the bokashi bucket to fail. You will know if this has happened by smelling your bucket. If it doesn’t smell putrid then you should be OK.
- The bokashi tea can go off if its left in the bokashi bucket for too long. If you leave the tea for more than 2 or 3 days you may notice that it starts to develop a rotting odor.
We hope that helps. Feel free to call or ask further questions here if you have them.