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Title: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: zebdead on February 07, 2013, 10:43:05 PM
So I'm confused on whether or not it is good idea to take tape/foil over the holes off and let the myc breathe. I understand the dry layer of verm acts as a barrier against contams, but is it enough? I've had what seems like a stall in a few jars and I think letting them breathe would kickstart the action. Also, a few of the jars that I want to let breathe were not given the full .5inch of dry verm and isn't visible anymore, still let them breathe or too risky?
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: Cacophonyhead on February 08, 2013, 03:48:00 AM
Your BRF cakes dont need FAE; only GE. I say turn them upside-down if you think they have stalled out. How long has the myc been growing? What are your temps? Throw some pics up too if you can. :ph34r:
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: Cacophonyhead on February 08, 2013, 03:50:35 AM
I just realized we've already had that discussion; so are we talking about the same cakes? How long has it been now?
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: zebdead on February 09, 2013, 03:17:38 PM
it's been 39 days so far, like i said last discussion, some are fine and some really seemed like they stalled. I just pulled the tape off yeserday after reading up on gas exchange. Hopefully not contams will pop up, but I'm pretty sure there is enough dry verm to act as a barrier. I'll try and get pics soon
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: Cacophonyhead on February 09, 2013, 06:01:54 PM
My first cakes did a complete stall. I even took off the lid and just had the verm barrier because I was inexperienced and desperate. I knew there was nothing more I could do at that point; and when I explained this to darksyde, he suggested I just break up the cakes and transfer to grains. Im glad I did cause all went well after that. They were still to this day the most potent boomers I've grown. You may want to consider it.  :mellow:
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: zebdead on February 11, 2013, 12:07:25 AM
You're saying crumble them and add to jar of pc'd grain? Do I do casing with that?
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: Cacophonyhead on February 11, 2013, 04:03:45 AM
Thats what I did. PC'd some wheat grain kernals, cut out peices of the cake that were covered in myc and threw them in the grain jars. I was so happy because the cakes were stalled for almost two months, one was even starting to invitro. After adding to the grains, they were 100% colonized in 3-4 days. Good luck! :mellow:
Title: Re: let jars breathe or no?
Post by: zebdead on February 14, 2013, 01:42:25 AM
awesome, thanks! I will be trying this with the jars that seem to have stalled.