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Title: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 12, 2008, 10:45:52 AM
I'm sure this is asked all the time, but please bear with me.

I decided to go with cakes for my first grow for times sake (trying to get this first batch done before christmas!). I birthed the cakes 12/6, dunked and rolled, and placed in the fruiting chamber.

After a couple days I noticed fuzz growth that appeared somewhat grayish. Worried about cobweb mold infection, I kept a close eye on the cakes, and it seems the fuzz growth has slowed if not stopped, and they look more white and not gray under good lighting.

I THINK the cakes are progressing as they should be, but I just wanted expert opinion. Here are a few pics.

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0612.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0614.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0615.jpg)
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 12, 2008, 02:36:49 PM
Those are looking good you should be seeing hyphal knots then pins petty soon.

That greyish stuff you saw might have been a light formation of mycelium over the vermiculite and the colors may have blended together cuz if it was cob it would be all over the place by now.
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 13, 2008, 12:30:42 PM
Pins appeared yesterday!  ^_^ One of the cakes is pinning quite a bit, the others seem to be lagging behind a bit.

On the cake that is pinning well, they seem to be developing largely towards the bottom edge of the cake. Here's a pic:
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0616.jpg)

Is this normal? Also, should I remove the screw-top ring from the lids they are sitting on? Will it be in their way, or will they work their way around it?
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 13, 2008, 12:36:44 PM
You could remove it if you want too, but they usually just work their way around. I spy with my thrid eye a few fat mushrooms that are gunna grow for THIS guy! Post some more pics later on  ^_^ What strain are those btw?
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 13, 2008, 02:35:42 PM
Thanks! You guys have been a huge help. I'm excited to see the fruits of my labor (They're EQ's btw), and starting to think about the next batch. I think I may do 12 BRF cakes next (since I have all the stuff for that tek already), and fruit them in a casing. Assuming all goes well with that, I think then I may be ready to attempt a grain grow.  -_-

I'll post more pictures as they progress!
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: Baphom3t on December 15, 2008, 05:00:09 AM
Congrats  -_-

Baph
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 15, 2008, 02:23:54 PM
The cakes are coming along nicely...

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0630.jpg)

 :ph34r: I've decided I really love this hobby! It's very rewarding to see results after weeks of planning, prepping, working and waiting.

The one in the middle is a bit ahead of the others. All other cakes have good groupings of pins developing. The only exception is the one in the lower left, which only has a few pins popping out.

I treated all cakes the same, and have rotated them while in the FC, any reason as to why a cake would be ahead or behind the others? It seems with all conditions being the same they should all be at the same level, more or less.
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: sin2win on December 15, 2008, 03:33:55 PM
yea thats what happens with MS (multispores).  U never know what ure gonna get.  Everything can grow and can be different than another.  gotta do iso but thats a bit more complicated.  Im going to get a few more grows in be4 i get into that.

Nice job tho, keep it up!!
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 15, 2008, 04:32:59 PM
I think I may have a problem! I noticed a slight greenish tint at the top edge of the middle cake....  :angry:

what do you recommend I do??? I hope to be able to save some shroomies from it... damn, of course on the one thats doing the best.  :huh:
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 15, 2008, 04:51:10 PM
Hurry and post a pic or take it outa ur fc cuz if its contam's it will be airborn soon.  If its really at the top mid, you could steralize a spoon and scoop it out off the cake.

PW
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 15, 2008, 05:44:22 PM
I looked at it a bit more closely, and maybe I'm mistaken, it may just be vermiculite casing under the myc. darkening it - I don't know. You can't really see much in the pics, but maybe a slight green tinge? Maybe I'm just overly paranoid?

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0633b.jpg)

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0633a.jpg)
 :huh:
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 15, 2008, 05:52:23 PM
Those look fine to me, for future reference It never hurts to be too paranoid about contam's its actually better because of the rate they can spread.

PW
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 16, 2008, 12:02:52 AM
yeah, i think they're fine. they looked a little green at a certain angle - just trying to play it safe.  :mellow: i'll post more as things fill out.
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 16, 2008, 10:37:08 PM
Here's where they were this afternoon:

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0636.jpg)

you can see the slight discoloration on the upper edge that I was worried about being contamination. I think it's just slightly bruised mycellium.

They've almost doubled in size since this pic was taken... wow! How big should I expect these to get before harvesting? Keeping in mind they're EQ's of course.
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: Baphom3t on December 16, 2008, 11:14:54 PM
Pretty cluster there.
When the veils break they are ready.
Some may pop open before the others but they can go a bit longer till the smaller ones open their veils,that way you don't fuck up that pretty cluster. :D

Baph
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 17, 2008, 09:49:41 PM
How bout the darkening on the two large caps in front here? Is that normal or ok?

(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0652.jpg)

I'm probably going to pick these tomorrow provided the veils break on the biggums.  -_-
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: sin2win on December 17, 2008, 11:02:20 PM
thoses look yummy, great job  -_-
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: Baphom3t on December 18, 2008, 07:00:21 AM
They are fine.
The splitting in the cap is normally caused by lack of RH.

Baph
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 18, 2008, 11:06:45 PM
 ^_^ ^_^ ^_^
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/Thirdeyeblnk/100_0656.jpg)

are the little ones on the right side aborts? Will they grow large or should I pick them before I dunk again? (I picked the large cluster shortly after taking this pic).
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 19, 2008, 02:16:08 AM
Very nice man! Those little ones won't abort, you could probably dunk with the little ones still attatched I have back in the day just don't over do it.  Maybe like 6 hours. If not, just pick the little ones too and dunk or wait till their done.

PW
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: neophytic on December 19, 2008, 05:35:20 PM
All of the cakes except one have been harvested of the first flush... pulled off on average about 20 wet grams each. Not spectacular, but I was pleased to so ANY result.  -_-

I've got the picks drying in front of a fan right now, probably chow them down this weekend. Thanks all for the help!  ^_^
Title: Re: Do these look right?
Post by: psilocybin warrior on December 19, 2008, 07:34:53 PM
chyea np man thats why were here, Enjoy ^_^

PW