Biosta Sprouter Review

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It all started well enough…

No need to soak — that’s good — just place 1 Tablespoon of small seeds of choice (or 3 TB for larger seeds, such as bean) into each tray; stack them atop the bottom bowl catcher; and pour the pint of water into the top tray only:

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Water pours slowly through the filter (red) steadily into tray below, watering those seeds, then into the third tray, emptying into the bottom catcher (discard that water when done filtering):

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Here they are on Day 3; By this time, I was worried because it’s barely noticeable that they’re okay. The nice foggy ‘green house’ is hopeful:

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Whew. Day 4 — looking good:

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…and it’s time to water again (only requires watering twice — days 1 and 4); same procedure — top compartment only. I used some kelp this time:

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Nicely flowing into the next tray:

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Yikes! It can get stuck! It may clog at the filter and stop flowing; so it needs to be watched or the seeds will drown:

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You have to wiggle ‘n’ twist the little red knob which is the filter, to get it moving again…okay, now it’s dripping:

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Day 5!! Awesome looking…

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But it’s short-lived: Upon lifting the lids…

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ICK!

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Those black thingys are not makin’ me happy…

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Now, the visibly moldy sprouts were in the third layer compartment (bottom one); so, perhaps the top two…

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YES!

They look great…

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So I decided to green those anyway (I love how they grow toward the sunshine!) …

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BUT, you know, I just didn’t feel right…so I chucked ’em :(. I didn’t trust that they were okay. Granted, I’m a bit leary from propoganda against alfalfa (of which clovers are a family member); but I always say, “WHEN in doubt, throw it out!”

I read that this happened to some of the dissatisfied consumers who reviewed the Biosta. I do think, however, that it’s possible the kelp may have contributed — not sure; with the 3 days of no fresh air, all the moisture in that atmosphere… I may give it another go…sometime. Perhaps winter.  I did clean and sanitize the container and all the parts before I started; so, I doubt that was an issue. If I attempt it again, I’ll try it without the kelp and see what happens.
Frankly, I’m not thrilled with sprouting — or doing ANYthing — on or in plastic; so, I’ll probably not use this either way.
To the donation bin! Most likely 🙂

Pox

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5 Comments

  1. daruma said,

    July 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I love the biosta sprouter

    i never have problems with mold
    i over-rinse my sprouts everyday

    clogs are not a problem
    just remove the red drain button
    clear out any obstruction
    replace red button!

    once sprouts are grown
    i wash with dish soap and a small brush
    rinse and voila!

    sprout on! my brothers and sisters 🙂

  2. John said,

    February 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for taking the time and trouble with all those beautiful photos! I’m going to give biosta a try and I can learn from your experience.

  3. March 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I know this is an old post over 2 years ago but I’m curious if you still use this sprouter. Thanks for the photos and the quote “When in doubt, throw it out”.

    • August 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

      I have used this spouter for many months when I was at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, and we had no problems. However we also rinsed them every day not on day 1 and 4 only, so this probably gave more air and cleaned the seeds. I recommend a daily fill of the top tray and you can also alternate the trays to balance out the growing.

      Cheers


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