I am a new grower, currently in the flowering stage of my very first grow. But I also germinated more seeds today and here are my thoughts. For my current grow and the seeds I just planted I just used the water method, I had previously tried the paper towel method with no luck. I understand that people have plenty of luck with the paper towel method, but sometimes I hear germination taking a couple days with that method. My method is using shot glasses filled with distilled water, placing them directly on my heating mat, put the seed in the water (tap it lightly a few times to get it all wet) then cover it with a couple Solo cups to keep light out. When I come back to check on it if it hasn't sunk to the bottom I tap the seed to see if it has cracked, if it sinks I plant it, if it doesn't I check back later. Blue Venom: Cracked within 18 hours. The Church: Cracked within 5 hours!!! Original Skunk #1: Cracked within 10 hours. We all have our own methods, but can germination get any easier/quicker than this? Now, obviously your tap root won't be sticking out at this point, but you can only speed this process up so much. Just wanted to share my experience.