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FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here you will find the answers to the most common questions about kitchen composters  Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2.  If you have any additional questions, we are available at e-mail address .

 1. How does the composting system in the kitchen composters Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2 work?
 
In kitchen composters Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2, organic waste does not rot, as by adding the biogen bran with effective microorganisms we ensure that waste is fermented without any unpleasant odors. By adding the biogen bran, we prevent the formation of unpleasant odors, the decaying process, and consequently the attraction of insects.
 
2. What can I put into kitchen composters Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2?
You can put all types of organic waste into Bokashi Organko: fruit and vegetable, citrus and banana peel, prepared food, cooked and raw meat, fish, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, smaller bones, bread, coffee grounds, tea bags, flowers and smaller amount of tissues.
 

3. What shouldn’t I put into kitchen composters Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2?

You should not put liquids (water, milk, juice, vinegar, oil), paper, plastic, large bones, ash and animal waste into composter.
 

4. What is Biogen bran?

Biogen bran is a mixture of bran, mixed with molasses (sugar and water), enriched with useful microorganisms (lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, photosynthetic organisms, actinomycetes and enzymatically active fungi) that cause fermentation.
 

5. How often should I add Biogen bran?

Biogen bran should be added every time you add new layer of organic waste.
 

6. How much Biogen bran do I need?

Biogen bran should be added every time you add new layer of organic waste. This will begin the process of fermentation. Fermentation does not cause rotting and there is no unpleasant smell. With regular use of composter, 1kg of biogen bran will hold for about 30 days.
 

7. Are the microorganisms in Biogen bran safe?

Of course. The microorganisms are Nassa and BFA certified. They are also a natural part of our everyday diet (they can be found in cheese, wine, yogurt).
 

8. How can I use the fermentation liquid?

The fermentation liquid is full of microorganisms and nutrients. It can be diluted with water and used for watering potted and garden plants. UNDILUTED fermentation liquid SHOULD NOT be used for watering potted and garden plants. You can pour undiluted fermentation liquid into your toilet or purification plant. The microorganisms will dissolve any toilet paper, fat and remains of detergents or washing powder. The liquid can also be poured into a sink or wash basin to prevent the accumulation of fat and other substances in the siphons. This way, they will always stay clean and functional.
 
9. How much fermentation fluid will I get from composter?

The amount of fermentation liquid that will be obtained depends on the variety of added organic waste. For example, a lot of added fruit will give you a lot of fluid, but if you add a lot of cooked food, vegetable and bread, then there will be less fluid. The amount of fluid produced is not an indicator of whether the system works or not and you will not get it any more or less if you add more or less biogen bran.
 

10. What happens when I go on vacation?

Before you leave, drain the liquid from composter. Make sure there is enough biogen bran on top of the organic waste and that the lid is closed tightly. Then you can forget all about it until the end of your vacation. While you are away, the microorganisms will process your organic waste and you will be able to use it in your garden when you come back.
 

11. Is fermentation better than classic composting?

While compost is a very good source of nutrients for your garden, many useful substances are lost in the classic (thermophilic) composting process. In the process of fermentation, the waste does not lose any of its energy, nutrients or minerals. Unlike with rotting, there are no greenhouse gases emitted in the process of fermentation.
 

12. How often should I clean kitchen composters Bokashi Organko and Bokashi Organko 2?

Composter should be cleaned only when it is empty. It is enough to rinse it with running water. Do not add detergent, because that can kill the microorganisms.
 

13. Can the waste in composter get a bad smell?

If composter is used correctly, its contents should not smell. It can have a smell from vegetables and fruits which was collected and put into it, but it should not smell badly. If this does happen, it means something was wrong in the process of collecting waste. Maybe the lid was not closed correctly or the top layer of waste was not covered with enough biogen bran. You should also check if you have drained the fermented liquid. Finally, make sure the waste is tightly pressed together in order to prevent air pockets and unpleasant smell.
 

14. What should I do if mould appears on top of the waste?

The mould that appears can be light (white) or dark. White mould can appear when you fill the composter very slowly and there is a lot of air in it. White mould is beneficial. If it bothers you, you can put a piece of thick bag on top of the waste after you have covered it with biogen bran. Dark mould usually appears if you did something wrong in the process. Perhaps you did not keep the container closed, added too little biogen bran, added biogen bran irregularly or neglected to drain the fermentation liquid regularly. In this case, empty the composter  in your garden, add an equal amount of biogen bran as there is waste, cover it with soil and leave it for 4 weeks. Then you can use it in yourgarden.
 
15. Where can I order new packages of biogen bran?
 
Biogen bran can be ordered in our webshop.
 
 
16. The waste has not been decomposed in the composter. What is wrong?
 
A simple indicator that proves the proper functioning of the process is the smell. If there is no bad smell of rot, then the fermentation process works. The shape and color of the waste we put into the composter will remain unchanged. Decomposition  into humus form occurs when the already fermented mass of organic waste is buried into the soil. Here the decomposition occurs very quickly because the mass was previously correctly fermented and thus it changes into humus in a couple of weeks (depending on the time and temperature of the soil).
 

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