Dick, I hate to see the meat wasted too, but I agree; better safe than sorry. Also even though this didn't work your first time out, I appreciate that you posted anyway, because we get them benefit of learning from it!
Thanks for the encouragement Cliff! I'm planning to try again on Sunday. This time I think I am going to follow the explicit instructions on the T-SPX culture packaging instead of from the book, and do an air fermentation, not a water bath.
Better safe than sorry for sure....
Just awaiting the arrival of the bactoferm to begin.