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PF - Tek / not so novel novice questions
« on: August 25, 2006, 10:36:27 AM »
It is day 13 after innoculation of my ten jars in my first attempt at the PF Tek. I've been dreaming of attempting cultivation for years and have read and reread the tek. All instructions have been followed to a T (although I found it imposibble to fit 2/3 Cup Verm. and 1/4 brown rice flour in a 1/2 pint jar without packing it down-I just filled the jars loosely). Colonization is slow and right now a liberal estimate would be that 90% of the jars are 40-50% colonized, but I expected that as my A.C. is very cold. I was wondering
1) The brown rice/verm. looks wet and slimy  in all the jars and sounds like a bacterial infection HOWEVER I prepared a control jar in the same manner as all the others except sans spores. I've been monitering that jar and there is no infection-y smell, in fact no other smell than wet vermiculite. I dissected the control jar and the mixture did have a slime on it but still no smell. The slime was grey in color but very transluscent. Do I have an infection? (sorry no digital camera)
2) There are water droplets inside my jars that loom precariously close to my ropelike growths of beatiful white  mycellum. Are they hazards or perfectly natrual? If they are malignant what can I do? (this question might have been answered in another post but I couldn't view those pictures to compare)
3) My ambient tempeture and humidity are perfect for mushroom growing (I live in New Orleans and Cubensies are everywhere in the cow pastures) I want a grow chamber that is self regulating, like the ultra sonic humidifier set up, but that seems like a forty dollar waste if I don't even need any extra humidity (average humidity here is 95-100%). Has anyone grown in my area/ have any tips for avoiding contm. outside?
Sorry for the length of my first post but these questions are burning.

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