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PF - Tek / Colonization slow due to coffee & malt?
« on: September 10, 2011, 01:39:27 AM »
Hi all,

reinitiated my growing. Got a couple of ? I'd like to ask ya.
  • I used a coffee grinder to produce rice flour and there was still some coffee left. Can this destroy or halt colonization?
  • I added malt to the substrate because I had some left for colonization on petri dishes, where it is used to produce the agga substrate. Do you think this might slow / halt the colonization?
  • The spore syringes are more than a year old and I used destilled water to produce them. Could the spores be too old? Can destilled water slow / halt the colonization?
  • I might have put to much water with the syringes into the substrate jars. Can this cause problems?

I'm 5 days after inocculation now and nothing happens. I just started airing through opening the inocculation holes, maybe that also slowed colonization?

Thx in advance for the answers.

PF - Tek / First harvest, what a beauty!
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:35:46 AM »
Hey guys, as promised...

Altogether took like 2 weeks until harvest... like the buddha?  :mellow:

PF - Tek / PF-Tek last step fails =/
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:02:26 AM »
Hi all,

first of all thanks for this forum and may the growth be with ya  :mellow:

I'm looking for help on my growing process which fails in the last step.

As a method I choose PF-Tek with rye flour, and a large transparent fruiting chamber. The mycelium is growing quite ok in the jars but I fear something ain't right here either since I'm not sure if the substrate is colonized 100 %. It's all white but since I haven't been able to fruit them I suspect something is wrong. I have a couple of questions and would be very grateful for your opinions:

1. First I would like to get your opions of which flour is best to use. Is rye ok for Cubensis? I read brown rice flour is also a good choice...

2. Secondly does it matter if the jars are a little larger? Its not like they are huge but in lots of vids I see smaller jars... does it matter at all? I'm using 400 ml jars.

3. What proportion of substrate mix do you think is best? I used the proportion mentioned in the PF-Tek instruction...

4. If mycelium grows in the jars, is there a point (timelimit) where I can't expect it to grow any further? Does it "die off" after while? Could that be due to a shortage of rye in the substrate?

5. The fruiting chamber is full of holes, which I closed today because I think it needs to be very humid. In vids I saw that the fruiting chamber was with lots of holes. Any comments on that? I'm using Seramis to keep the humidity high and spray the chamber twice a day.

6. Any other suggestions you guys have to get a strong mycelium out of the jars? As noted I use vermiculite, water and rye flour. It takes 2-3 weeks and it seems to stop growing after that so I suppose that must be the problem.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice you might provide :)



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