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Bold Badger Mystery Seed Giveaway

10 January 2019 - 08:59 PM

In 2018 I started removing most of the seeds from my peppers before saucing them.  Consequently I wound up with a giant pile of seeds.  It seemed like a waste to just toss them in the compost pile, so I decided I'd give them away to other chili heads.  They're all mixed together so you won't know what they are until you grow them out, hence the mystery.  Below is the layout of my 2018 garden, the big spot and both community garden spots.  The majority of the seeds came from the yellow 7 pots and scotch bonnets, but there are several other varieties in the mix as well.  Further adding to the mystery, I had quite a few volunteers come up from last year at the big spot.  So not only is there the potential for a plant to have crossed with a 2018 plant nearby, it may have also crossed with the plants I grew in that part of the garden in 2017, which themselves may have been crossed with one of the nearby plants from that year.  The 2017 layout is also displayed below.  Using the layout diagrams you may be better able to figure out what you have if you do wind up with a weird cross.  Fun eh?  No matter what comes up, I can guarantee it'll be a chinense variety with plenty of heat.
For more information about the last two years grows, see my grow logs:
The first 10 people to reply to this thread will get a free cup of seeds, for everyone else I'm going to charge $3.75 for shipping.  For that price you'll get one dry cup of seeds, with placentas still attached.  I value my precious mucus membranes too much to try to separate them.  Just stirring them around while they were drying would effectively pepper spray the whole room.  Also I'm lazy.  You can expect to get several hundred seeds, so it's still a pretty good deal.  If they don't germinate for you just let me know and I'll happily refund the money.
Note that I'm also throwing in the same quantity of seeds with every sauce order, from one bottle on up.  So if you want to pay a few bucks more you'll get seeds AND a bottle of sauce.
Here's a link to the free seeds (for $3.75) on my site:  https://www.boldbadg...tery-seeds.html
Here's a picture of the approximate amount of seeds you'll get, with a can of beans for reference:
Here's the 2018 layout at the big spot and the two community garden spots.  The seeds all came from these.
2018 community garden 1:
And community garden 2:
And here's the layout at the big spot from 2017:
Grow them out and you might just find your new favorite pepper!

Idea for a bottling machine

18 October 2018 - 07:33 AM

Most of the cheaper bottling machines I've found online look like this:




They have a big hopper and are gravity fed, which wouldn't really work with hot sauce because you have to keep it above 180 degrees at the moment you bottle it.  I assume if you poured boiling sauce into that hopper it would be too cool by the time you finished the last bottle.  The one at the commercial kitchen I use is very fancy, it uses compressed air and a crazy pump made with highly polished stainless steel lobes pushing the sauce through it.  It looks like a cam shaft or something.  It sucks the sauce right out of the giant kettle through a valve in the bottom, so the kettle keeps it up to temp.


So I had an idea, what if I took a large stainless steel pressure cooker, one of those 30+ quart All Americans, drilled a hole near the bottom and welded in spigot, then modified the wobbler so it would allow the pressure inside to only build to like half a psi.  Then I could cook the sauce in the pressure cooker without the lid, blend it, then when I want to bottle it put the lid on and allow a little pressure to build inside, then open the spigot and use the pressure inside to push the sauce out into the bottles?  Besides the obvious risk of spraying boiling hot sauce everywhere, does this sound like something that would work?

Yeast or mold?

09 September 2018 - 05:48 PM

Two out of 5 of my batches from last October have some weird looking stuff growing on them.  They smell a bit stronger than I'm used to with kahm as well.  I'm inclined to toss these two.  Of the remaining three, one had no kahm and two had a mild case.


What do you think?









The first one smells worse than the second one.


Bold Badger 2018 grow log

25 May 2018 - 06:52 PM

So I have about 200 plants this year, about the same as last year.  Here's the breakdown:

Pepper                         Quantity
Yellow 7 Pot                   80
MOA Scotch Bonnet              39
White 7 Pot                    9
Carolina Reaper                4
Yellow Devils Tongue           5
Moruga Scorpion                3
Tobago Seasoning Pepper        8
Red Bhut                       24
Yellow Fatali                  19
Yellow Bhut                    2
Indian Carbon Bhut             1
Yellow TS Moruga               2
7 Pot Jonah                    2
Choc Scotch Bonnet             1
Red Fatali                     5

I started them on 3/12, then started a bunch more two weeks later to replace the ones that didn't sprout, so 40 or so of them are a bit behind the others.  After a couple of weeks of moving them around the yard to harden off, I got them in the ground last weekend, 5/20.  About a week later than last year, and about two weeks later than I really could have, given the better weather we've had this year.  These plants will all be used for my sauce.



The story so far:




3/12.  The bionic seed starter rack returns, now with an extra level.                                                                                     





Closeup, those are the curry trees on the left.





3/22.  We have liftoff!





4/8.  Aren't they adorable?





4/13   The two trays on the upper right are the ones I replanted on 3/30.





4/27   32 very snug Yellow 7 Pots.





5/11   The day I moved them outside to harden off.





5/13   A very healthy looking Yellow 7 Pot.  They started growing much faster once I got them outside.





5/20   Plant out day!










5/25   Today.  This is site #2, 24 Ghosts in this spot.





Site #3, which is about 100 feet away from site #2.  19 Yellow Fatalis, 3 Yellow TS Morugas, and 3 7 Pot Jonahs.





The big spot, 152 plants here total, all of the following: Yellow 7 Pots, MOAs, Reapers, Yellow Devil's Tongues, Moruga Scorpions, Tobagos.





The two big curry trees doing well.





The baby curry trees, looking pretty scraggly.  I'm hoping recover and wind up producing a ton of leaves for me.



That's all for now folks!  I'll keep this updated as the season progresses.



Here's a link to my 2017 grow log for those interested:






A few seed saving questions

07 September 2017 - 07:24 PM

I feel stupid posting about what is mostly common sense, but there are a few little picky things I've been wondering about.  So first of all, I've always read you should save the seeds from the first pods to reach maturity.  Is there really anything to that?  Any idea what kind of differences you could expect from an early seed plant vs a late seed plant?


Another thing, my friend swears that the best way to go is to cut out the placenta of the pepper and let the whole thing dry out, then separate the dried seeds and save them.  This seems unnecessary to me so I usually put on some rubber gloves, cut open the peppers, and use my fingers to scrape the seeds off the placenta.  This does equate to me manhandling them a bit while they're fresh and soft.  Could that be causing harm?  I haven't really had any problems germinating them later doing it my way.


And one more.  What's the best way to store the seeds?  I've been keeping them in the fridge in an airtight jar with a little paper satchet full of dry rice to absorb any excess moisture.  Is it better to store them in the fridge, or even the freezer?  I'm concerned mainly about longevity, but if the colder temps could just result in the seeds growing into crappy plants, that would obviously be something to consider as well.  I have way too many pepper varieties that I'll probably never get around to growing, but it would be nice to keep my options open for as many years down the road as possible.  I wonder how they store the seeds in those doomsday vaults, like do they replace them with new ones once they get to a certain age?