Well all last week I procrastinated on making some new fly cultures due to having to wash old cups first. Finally got to Friday afternoon and I needed to make cultures prior to a busy weekend. I brought out the media and to my surprise it was literally almost gone. I scrounged and was able to make 2 cultures when I normally have been making 6.
I had two choices at this point. Try making my own media or buying new media with expedited shipping. I have been thinking about trying my own media mix for months now but honestly never have actually done it. I guess there is no time like the present to start making my own!
After quickly stumbling upon many recipes I settled with:
-1 cup powdered potato flakes
-1/4 cup powdered sugar
-splash of vinegar
I then added water until it was a consistency that I liked & I then sprinkled active dry yeast & cinnamon on top & mashed in excelsior. This recipe was mainly decided upon because this one I had everything I needed at home and ready to go.
Left: HomeMade Media
Right: Saurian Media
It looked good on the day I made it at least. I will have to update with how it performs. I have ordered some more Saurian mix and will start a new round of cultures tonight!
Do you have any home made fruit fly media recipes you like?