Having a few raw fleeces to prepare, I decided to try the Fermented Suint method. We've had a lot of rain, so I was able to collect lots of rainwater for my 20 gallon plastic box - with lid!
First in was a pretty dirty BL fleece which fermented for 7 days, then drained over a mesh, retaining the liquor. Hosed it off over a mesh and it was really quite clean, though a bit 'fragrant' They say the smell disappears once dry, but this was not my experience, so I gave it a very quick wash with a few drops of Tea tree oil in the final rinse to kill off any nasties.
Impresed,in went a grey Shetland, just 4 days for this, same procedure and it's beautiful.
Now one third of 'Socrates' a big Jacob ram is languishing, or perhaps festering in there.
Overall, I'm pleased with this method, it does save a lot of time and hot water, not to mention that it's much kinder to the old back!
The box stands in a sunny position right at the top of the garden away from the house and neighbours, though I've not found the smell too bad and it does have a lid to contain it. Also, the local farmers have been muck spreading, which is a bonus!!