You're almost there. The three week colonization period is now over, you have substrate completely covering the inside of the jars, from here on, your vermiculite/brown rice mixture covered in substrate shall be called "cakes". You are ready for soaking. What is soaking? You will first need to first remove your "cakes"from the jar, substrate and all.*REMINDER* SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AND PUT ON GLOVES. Remove the lid, flip the jar upside down, and beat the bottom of the jars like those glass ketchup bottles growing up. It's not uncommon for this to be a stubborn task, so don't be afraid use a STERILIZED knife or something similar to break the cake free.
You've got all your cakes free, great work! So what now? Now take your high quality water (any high ph water will do) and fill a container (such as a pot) high enough that you can fully submerge your cakes. Please note that they will want to float, so you'll likely need to use something, such as a plate, to place on top of them and keep them submerged. Again, as with anything coming in contact with your growing process, sterilize the plate and pot with isopropyl alcohol(found in the resources tab or any local store ever). Once your cakes are fully submerged, leave them there for 12 hours.
Resources for this step:
(Found in resources section)
-High Ph water
(Normal Household Items)
-Plate (or anything to weigh down the cakes
-Experiences with glass ketchup bottles
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