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Cultivation / colonization
« on: July 03, 2008, 01:08:18 PM »
It has been about two weeks, maybe more, since I injected my jars with spores.  Only one of my jars seems to be producing a respectable amount of mycelium, but even that one seems to be slowing down.  The other jars were producing some mold, not much, but now I can find little or no mold (it has become really hard to tell).  One jar seems to be producing a pink mold, so I have separated that from the other jars.  I am using bird seed as the substrate, and the contents of the jars seems to be a little runny because when I shake up the jars every other day, it leaves streaks on the inside of the jar.  Also, I am not using an incubator, but the house never gets above about 82 degrees F.  Most of the time its around 75 to 78 degrees F. 

Can anyone give me some advice?  Am I screwed for the most part, except for one jar?  If I am, what can I do to save this one jar?

Cultivation / Type of rye seed
« on: June 13, 2008, 02:40:48 PM »
I am new at this and I am quite skeptical about the type of rye seed that I am using.  I went to a home and garden store and purchased a bag of rye grass seed.  I think I was a little hasty in the process because I don't think that rye grass seed is another name for rye grain.  I also overlooked that on the bag it says "perennial" rye grass seed (I don't know what it means but it gives me a bad feeling). 

In addition, when I was preparing my quart jars I noticed the presence of blue dust on my fingers.  Furthermore, when the water was added, the water took on a blue tint, very similar to the barbicide you see in a barber shop.

This can't be normal.  If someone can please tell me either that I am about to waist 3 syringes, or that I will be okay with what I have, I would much appreciate it.

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