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PF - Tek / Re: I am at a loss...
« on: May 14, 2009, 11:04:04 AM »
Yea I dunked them. They have "bulby" mycelial growth all over..
But hey, coyote - do I take the cakes and just put them on a lid in the out and open for the sunlight and THEN put them back in the FC? I am a little confused on what you are saying..

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PF - Tek / I am at a loss...
« on: May 13, 2009, 09:55:52 AM »
So I have tried everything.. The humidity is 99%, temp is steady at 75 , there is adequate sunlight... Nothing has worked! My cakes WON'T pin.. They just keep growing more and more mycelium. It has been 2 weeks now.. I have no idea what I have done wrong or what I'm not doing right.. Any suggestions?

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PF - Tek / Re: uugghhh... frustrated!
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:01:17 AM »
I know that pics are important.. If I could post them I would but I simply cannot. I just didn't know if it sounded familiar to anyone about what it could be. Luckily I only had 3 cakes in the FC.. I still have 4 that are in their jars so I still have a chance to make this work.. I didn't want to fuck them all up and since its my first attempt I just played it safe and put 3 in.. So no one knows what the nubby things are? Not even a thought or idea?

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PF - Tek / uugghhh... frustrated!
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:46:23 AM »
So as you all know I gave my girls to my cousin to keep an eye on for about a week and a half or so. Well I got them back last night and its a disaster to say the least. There are "nubs" or hard bubble looking things all over it but they are like DARK green/ black. The cakes were bruised when I gave them to her but now they are almost completely bruised all over. I did the q-tip test and I am not sure if I rubbed too hard but the q-tip had a slightly greenish tint after I rubbed it. But the "bruising" (what I am afraid could be mold) isn't furry or anything.it looks like every picture of bruising I have seen. I just wondered if you rub it too hard that some of the bruised matter will come off on the q-tip. Also the cakes were DRY so I am re-dunking them. Its been 3 weeks in the FC and they haven't even pinned yet. Do I wait it out and keep them in the FC or just throw them out? Also I cut into one to see if the bruising was just on the outside or if it was in the cake but the inside it perfectly fine.. No discoloration at all. And once again I am having trouble keeping the humidity up.. I can't find a good gauge to save my life. They are all shitty and keep crapping out on me.. Any brand suggestions? Please help guys.. Thanks

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PF - Tek / Re: Cambo Here We Go
« on: May 02, 2009, 11:40:52 AM »
Hey, quick question. What gauge are you using for therm/hum? Roughly how much was it and where can I pick one up? I have tried 3 different ones now and they have all either sucked or shitted out on me.. :(

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PF - Tek / Re: ISSUES!!!
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:02:41 AM »
Yea I know that they have been getting light for at least a few hours a day. I got a new thermo/hum monitor. It is one that has the sensor that goes inside and the actual gauge is out of the FC. I am using a heating pad on medium setting to increase the temp and just doing my best to keep the RH up. Unfortunatly the gauge only reads up to 90% RH..But I figure I know how to keep the RH at about 97-99% so I can just leave it as is. But we will see that happens in the next couple days..Thanks guys!

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PF - Tek / ISSUES!!!
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:04:28 PM »
 :huh:

So, due to some very bad circumstances, I had to move my girls over to my cousins place. Well she lives in a basement and it is very cold. Since Saturday they have been over there and the temp was all over the place. I had 2 hum/temp gauges shit out on me so as far as what the rh and temp have been, I am clueless.. All I know is, is that after a week in the FC, I have no pinning at all...There is a new layer of mycelium on the layer of verm and thats it..What do I do?!? I am kinda freaking out right now..Help!!

Thank you

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PF - Tek / Re: Different amounts of myc
« on: April 23, 2009, 08:43:13 PM »
Dito with these guys...Sometimes they are 2 weeks in span from one jar to another... but yea, wait 5-7 days after full colonization before fruiting.. better results :)

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PF - Tek / Heat?!
« on: April 23, 2009, 05:42:41 PM »
What is an easy way to get the temp up in your FC? I have tried a few different things and I only get temporary results.. I have 99% RH and the temp is at 69.7. I would like it to be about 75. Oh and if possible,  cheap suggestions :)

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Cultivation / Re: grain question..
« on: April 23, 2009, 05:39:07 PM »
Yea I read something on popcorn today too..It is very easy to get and cheap as hell to use so if you get anymore info pass it my way..I am interested as well

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PF - Tek / Re: Inoculation and Mycelium Growth 7 Days (Pictures)
« on: April 23, 2009, 03:38:52 PM »
Looks GOOD dude! Thats NOT mold..Its just pieces of verm sticking through the myc.I will look like that for a little while til the myc becomes thicker. Thats really good for 7 days though..

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Cultivation / Re: Tek for Amanita and it's strains...
« on: April 23, 2009, 03:11:16 PM »
I dont get why people grow Amanita.. I get the whole experience factor but at the same time many of the psychedelic strains are grown in jars or tubs, indoors. Plus the trip they give is supposed to be terrible. This is a serious question though..I have heard NUMEROUS people wanting to grow them or eat them and I just dont understand why..

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PF - Tek / Re: And off they go!
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:33:13 PM »
Dont be afraid to move the jars around. Just be careful. If you start noticing that the verm is slipping down, them just handle them less. Also if you are going to flip them a lot just do it with one quick flip so that the verm doesnt move too much. And also, the condensation is normal. You will notice that between the condensation and the reflection of some of the verm particles it looks kinda like mold.. Dont worry though. I kept getting paranoid thinking my cakes were bad but in fact thats all it was..

good luck! Post some pics!

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Cultivation / Re: newby help
« on: April 22, 2009, 07:33:18 PM »
Just out of curiosity, only because I havent seen the answer anywhere...

If there is new myc growth on the actual mushrooms, is that bad? Will it affect the taste? Does it need to be scraped off?

Thanks

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PF - Tek / Re: Incubation.........Question
« on: April 22, 2009, 07:18:51 PM »
Right now, just be concerned with any color other than white. I think I recall seeing the same thing at first. I disregarded it as condensation reflecting on the glass. Yea, you should post some pics..Its hard to tell from what you're saying

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PF - Tek / Re: And off they go!
« on: April 22, 2009, 02:55:47 PM »
Is this your first voyage? If so, here are some helpful hints that no one told me. I screwed up BIG time but luckily my babies still made it through..

1. Make sure the holes in your lids are big enough!! I thought mine were, but then when I tried to innoc I couldnt get the needle in enough at an angle so I had to open the jars, re-punch holes and re-sterilize..Huge pain..

2. Make sure that your substrate comes all the way up to about a 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. I didnt put enough in, and the verm on top was too much. The verm soaked up the solution before it reached the substrate on most of the cakes so I only got 1-2 innoc points on my jars causing them to take FOREVER to colonize.

3. Temp is a big deal. I had it too low for colonizing and in turn it caused me to not have any myc growth for almost 2 weeks.

4. And finally, be gentle (ish) with your jars. As the cake colonizes it will shrink down and if handled too much the top layer of verm will slip down and cover your cake, makes it hard-impossible to see your myc growth. Flipping them upside down is a good thing to do for air exchange..It willl make the bottom of the jar colonize with the rest, otherwise you'll be waiting an extra week for the bottom to go.


Hope this helps..Good luck!!!

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PF - Tek / Re: About to birth my girls :)
« on: April 21, 2009, 08:02:12 PM »
Cool Cool... Do I only mist them that once? I have my terrarium set up as follows:

A rubbermaid container that has 10 small holes drilled. 3 along each long side and 2 on the wide sides. They are drilled 3 1/2 inches above the bottom of the container. The perlite only comes about 2 1/2 inches above the bottom. So therefore there is a 1 inch space between the top of the perlite and the holes. The holes are to help keep CO2 low.

I know to fan them 3 times a day or so for air exchange. I have heard to spray them anywhere from 3-5 times a day and others say that its not necessary..Which is best?

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PF - Tek / Re: About to birth my girls :)
« on: April 21, 2009, 07:09:57 PM »
Okay awesome, thank you. How long do I wait after I birth them to dunk them? Also do you recommend rolling them in verm for the first flush? I have heard to wait til the second one for te verm but who knows...

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PF - Tek / About to birth my girls :)
« on: April 21, 2009, 06:56:48 PM »

So my cakes are a few days from being ready to be birthed. I have heard and read SO many different ways to do this. I want to do the dunk and roll method. So my question is this: Do I soak the cake right after I birth it? If so I know it is for roughly 12-24 hours. What kindof water? I have heard that tap is fine and then others say distilled water and others say spring water. (please make up your minds!! :) Then I roll it in fine verm and then put in the FC.

What is the best and most effective/efficient way to do this?

Thanks

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PF - Tek / Re: Incubation.........Question
« on: April 21, 2009, 03:45:15 PM »
I had the same issue. I moved them to a warmer place and they took off. My thoughts are that the syringe that I used didnt have a huge spore count. (The weaker the solution, the longer it taked to colonize) I placed the jars back in the box they came in, put them in a dark colored tub that I placed on its side, up against the wall. I plugged a light bulb (using an adapter) in a socket low on the wall and pushed the tub against the wall so the light bulb was in the tub. I used a thermo/humidity gage to monitor the temp. I put the gage in the box to get a more accurate reading. Its been almost a month and I am still a few days from being able to fruit them. Dont worry, just be patient

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