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Cultivation / Casing Question...
« on: May 12, 2008, 03:18:47 PM »
I have just crumbled and cased my pf cakes. The tek I am using I found on shroomery titled casing 101 and I was wondering if anyone had any more tips they would care to share with me as far as what to do after the mycelium starts to pop? I have read different post telling to spray down the mycelium heavily. I know with cakes you should not spray the cake directly, does this go for casing as well?

After I start to see mycelium popping threw the casing layer, is there anything I should do before placing them in the F.C. such as deep scratching or should I just place them in as is???

I have just recently lost my last batch and I don't want anything to go wrong with this one so any and all info will be and is GREATLY appreciated!!  Thanks in advance -_-

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DAY 17: No pinheads
            73 Degrees F
            100% Humidity
            F.A.E. 2-3 times per day

I'm wondering what you think of this. If this is in fact bruising.... Its getting worse!!! Not sure just thought you could have another look and let me know! Any tips?

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES001.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES003.jpg

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Cultivation / WORM CASTINGS???
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:06:13 PM »
I would like some info on the casing layer. I just went and purchased some worm castings, peat moss, and some crushed oyster shells. I have been trying to research casing and have came up with many different ways to go about it, more confusing than anything!! ( TO MANY WAYS) I have the colonized jars ready but need to know how to go about mixing the casing layer. (IM AM USING 1/2 PINT JARS THAT ARE COLINIZED AND GOING TO BREAK THE CAKES UP IN A BAG)Could I use 70% worm casting and 30% verm. sterilize it in the microwave for ten min. let it cool and thats it? or should I use Worm castings, peat moss, and sprinkle some oyster shells in with the mix? How do I know what my PH level is or should I not worry about that too much for now? Does PH make that big of a difference? I know this is alot of questions that I am asking but as a newbie, I would like to know the best way to get a nice flush with what I have already  purchased! Thanks in advance for all your help!!!

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Cultivation / MOLD OR BRUISING??? Have a look!
« on: May 02, 2008, 10:57:53 AM »
My cakes are turning colors!!! I think this is bruising of the mycelium but not sure! Some of the mycelium has shrunk and in these spots they have turned into this. Day 14 no pin heads! The fruiting chamber is 73 degrees and 100% humidity, and yes…I do give them F.A.E.  3-4 times a day. Please help!!!!

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES04.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES03.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES02.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES01.jpg

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Cultivation / Please Take a look and let me know!
« on: April 27, 2008, 10:17:49 AM »
This is day nine and still no pin heads!! I am keeping the terrarium at about 73-75degrees with about 100% humidity. Before I placed them in the Terrarium I soaked them for about 24hrs the rolled them in dry Verm. a few days later they looked like this! I manual mist and give F.A.E. 2-3 times per day. Can someone please take a look and give me some advice? Do these look normal?

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/Cakes05.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/Cakes03.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/Cakes02.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/Cakes01.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/CAPTROB_2007/CAKES.jpg

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PF - Tek / I need some advice! PLEASE HELP!
« on: April 23, 2008, 12:17:11 PM »
I have had my cakes in the fruiting chamber for about five days now and don’t see any pin heads yet! The temp in the chamber is 75 degrees and the humidity is about 100%. I manual mist and give it air exchange at least once a day by fanning the lid over the top of the chamber! The videos I watch usually show pinning after 4-5 days or so. Are my cakes ruined? Or does it just take more time? How long does it usually take to pin; one of my friends told me it could take 1-2 weeks. Is this true/what’s the longest time you all have seen for pinning to take place?

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