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ImAFungi

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thinking about casing...
« on: December 12, 2009, 02:08:00 PM »

 My first 2 sets of jars are just starting to get to that 60% mark. I was thinking about casing because it doesn't seem super difficult or anything and I've heard that you get many more little friends out of it ^_^. I was wondering if anyone had any really good recipes for casing or any good links for casing.
   
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009, 04:57:56 PM »

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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009, 06:12:01 PM »

Sterilize your casing mix good, if you have a pressure cooker, cooked it for good half an hour and clean your trays with alcohol!
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dub504

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2009, 06:35:36 PM »

or pasteurize... The microwave works as well.
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ImAFungi

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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2009, 07:20:35 PM »

Thanks a lot dub. that site was very helpful. I've read a couple of posts saying that the limestone isn't necessary. What do you think? Also are the oyster shells necessary? :huh:

I don't have a pressure cooker yet, but it's on my to do list. I might just use the microwave on this batch. I will def. post pictures once I case them.

Once again thanks guys.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2009, 03:06:20 AM »

You can also case straight coco coir, dries a bit faster so you probably have to mist the casing,
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dub504

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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2009, 09:59:10 AM »

I use the 50/50+ tek for casing, but you def don't have to use lime and chushed oyster shells.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2009, 10:52:04 AM »

Well then it's settled, I'm using the 50/50 tek. Maybe use alittle of one of them. Thanks again dub.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2009, 01:02:47 PM »

Dubs on it~!  No need for the limestone.  Microwaving is perfect.
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ImAFungi

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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2009, 06:40:18 PM »

Cool thanks shroomzer. I know know you're suppose to microwave it on high, but for how long? :huh:

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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2009, 08:08:31 PM »

Start with 5 minutes then stir it up and check the temp. with a meat thermometer.  You want the temp. to be more than 205 degrees throughout the mixture.  You may have to do it a couple  times to get the correct temp. through your entire mixture. And then let it stand in a clean sterile place to cool enough to use it.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2009, 09:08:31 PM »

Thanks once again shroomzer. should'nt be more than a couple more days before i case my little buddies  ^_^
   
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2009, 06:36:24 PM »

I heat mine in the microwave on high for 12 minutes then remove it from the oven and cover with a plate and let it cool down to room temp.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2009, 02:19:50 AM »

You want the coir to be at carrying capacity with water. This will help it hold the heat in the microwave.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2009, 05:28:38 PM »

Yeah, I failed to mention that I add water to the mix to bring it to field capacity before I microwave.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2009, 07:56:00 PM »

how much water do you add MT? :huh:

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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2009, 10:28:48 AM »

Field capacity = just wet enough so when you squeeze the casing material a few drops come out.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2009, 07:38:06 PM »

Listen to dub he knows.
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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2009, 08:19:17 PM »

Cool, I will. Thanks dub, I will def do that. Also, i was thinking about buying Tropic-Aire Humidifier. Has anyone had any experience with this system?

Here is a link for a picture of the exact model:
http://www.backyardstyle.com/shop/index.php?page=shop-flypage-18202

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Re: thinking about casing...
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2009, 09:46:47 AM »

Yep, works well.  A few people I have seen post use it as well as a friend of mine.  If you know how to use the research here you can find the threads on the topic with details of how its used.
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