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PF - Tek / Stunted Growth?
« on: July 27, 2006, 04:26:39 PM »
I birthed two JXMI B+ Cakes about a week and a half ago (I have no idea what JXMI even stands for, thats what the description said on the site i picked them up from). I pinned one in the jar before doing so. I am using the usual set up of a clear plastic storage container that is about 3' long by 2' wide, and it is a foot tall. I have one half inch of moist perlite covering the bottom of the container and i am using a small fluorescent light which i have suspended over my chamber. I put the cake that i let pin near a corner and the other about 3 inches away from it to the right. Admittably they look pretty lonely due to the fact that i only innoculated 4 jars to start with and two failed miserably.

My problem is, however, that the one cake that is fruiting (the one i pinned, the other is just now putting off pins) seems to be growing stunted mushrooms. By stunted I mean that they only grow about 2 to 2.5 inches tall before they begin to look like they are dieing (wrinkling slightly and turning darker brown, growth also halts). I am concerned about this because the pictures of this strain on the site grew to be 5 inches before the veil even broke, but my shrooms veils are breaking completely (exposing the entire gill area) almost before they are even big enough for me to notice a veil at all. Is there any obvious reason that they could be stunted? I am almost positive that they are not conaminated. I am using an alien substrate, I put 1 to 2 mist sprays into the container once daily (not directly on the cakes) and i am wafting them at least once a day as well. The substrate mix i prepared was also SLIGHTLY dry as well, I should add. Is it possible that the cakes simply are not moist enough? Any help would be much appreciated.

Peace out

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PF - Tek / Alien substrate
« on: June 25, 2006, 06:42:09 PM »
Howdy all, I have recently become familiar with a different substrate from your run of the mill brown rice flour. It is called Alien Substrate http://www.shroomery.org/index.php/par/7922
It is claimed that it is one of the best substrates you can make, but i have not made up my mind quite yet... Has anyone had any experience with this substrate? Any feedback would be much appreciated, I would love to hear of your experiences with it. Thanks a load

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PF - Tek / Little bit of green
« on: June 23, 2006, 07:17:10 PM »
I recently birthed a cake that i prepared with the pf tek. After birthing i noticed that the substrate at the top of the jar had a very small spot of mold. Other than this very small spot (probably the size of a dime) growing through the top of the vermiculite layer i used as a sort of filter, the rest of the cake seems perfectly covered with very healthy looking mycelium.

My question is this. Does that small spot of green completely compromise the health of the entire cake? If it does not spread is it safe to eat mushrooms that have grown off of the cake? I really appreciate the input, this forum is a lifesaver.


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PF - Tek / Care when i'm gone for a weekend?
« on: June 04, 2006, 05:01:14 PM »
When i have to leave for a weekend now and then, my cakes are  getting way too hot. I can't afford to keep the whole place air conditioned, especially when i'm not home. I was wondering if it would do any harm to put the cakes in my refrigerator over the weekend and then put them back in my incubator when i return home? I would really appreciate any thoughts anyone might have on this. I am running out of ideas.

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Oh, I should probably mention that they are still in the jars incubating. Thanks

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