A week old and no smell

Bubbly, fermented wee!

What’s that golden, bubbly liquid in the pic?

It’s week old urine, that’s what!

Yuck! You may well say, but its been modified by the addition of billions of bacteria that have fermented it over the last week. Now, it has only a sweet smell and tiny bubbles. No, I haven’t’ tasted it!

Someone posted a link on Facebook a while back about fermenting urine and I thought I’d give it a go using my own and some of the Bokashi liquid that I make.

I’m not sure what super powers it has, but I’m working on the theory that fermentation improves our food and our compost, so why can’t it improve our bodily wastes in some way. There’s plenty of goodness in urine that can help our garden, some folks say that it’s good for us to but I’m not sure – it is waste that our body decided that it didn’t need. There is, however, plenty of nitrogen, waste proteins and who knows what other goodies that our garden microbes can take advantage of. Contrary to urban myth, urine is not sterile. It is when it is produced by our kidney cells but as it travels through the rest of our urinary tract, it picks up all kinds of things, especially if we have any infections in that area.

I’m also making the wild assumption that the fermenting bacteria have out-competed any nasties that might have come about through normal aerobic fermentation of the urine as well.

One of these days, I’m going to have to get a decent microscope! Anyone got one for sale?

2 Comments on “A week old and no smell

  1. So what do you use your fermented urine for… besides your citrus? The previous article on Bokashi answered most of my questions that I have since formed since the composting workshop


    • Hi Maddie. The urine is an experiment, it should be full of nitrogen so I’ll see if it kicks things along. Glad you enjoyed the workshop!


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