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Cultivation / name that contam
« on: January 22, 2010, 11:42:29 AM »
What is this bullshit called?  I've never had it before; it's now taken out all of my pint jars (but none of my quarts for some reason)


There should be a contam gallery somewhere, I'd be interested to know all the names and info of the usual subjects.

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Cultivation / my favorite part!
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:11:11 PM »
GTs on millet.  Here we go...





Sorry the second tray is a little blurry, it was the best out of a dozen shots (this camera is way too damn complicated). 

Question- some of the primordia are aborting but turning white or light grey instead of black (upper right on the first pic).  This is happening to more than I would like.  Even the ones that look like they'll make it look kind of pale.  Temperature is the only thing off in this operation- I've got them on a heating pad and in front of a space heater but it's really cold in here.  RH has been stable around 90%.  Is this a temperature thing or just a trait of GTs?  I also gave them a good amount of misting, might have overdone it a bit.  Or not... it's hard to tell how dry the casing layer should be. 

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Cultivation / beating the cold
« on: January 16, 2010, 12:52:20 PM »
Hello friends, it's damn cold out there.  Anyone have any general tips to share about keeping their FC's warm in the winter?  I'm using a heating pad under my trays but it will only run for about 30 min before automatically shutting off- not very consistent.  Got a couple big trays of GT's but not sure if I can get them to fruit in this cold.

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Cultivation / will lysol kill mycelium?
« on: January 12, 2010, 10:22:30 AM »
?

Just a thought... can't find any opinions on the matter.  I usually give a little mist in the general area when I have to pull back the hood on my FC to fan, mist, etc.  I don't spray it on the casings or anything crazy like that, I'm just trying to be extra careful since I lost my last casing to the mean green.  Can lysol make the mycelium sick?

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General topics / rue!
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:42:43 AM »
So I know this topic has been touched elsewhere, but I was hoping some of you with lots of "flight time" could weigh in about syrian rue (or any MAOI), specifically the quality of a half dose + rue trip vs. a regular dose with no MAOI trip.  I mean, other than "it intensifies effects".  I mean... how does the trip quality specifically differ for you?

Last night, for the first time, I took a smaller dose (2.5g) and mixed ground syrian rue with the bowls I smoked... extremely pleased with the results!!  The advantages seem so great to me... conserve mushroom supply... little to no hangover... indescribable visions!  I'm asking myself- why should I go back to taking 4-5 grams?  Maybe you guys have some opinions...

The main difference, for me, was that with the rue + ganja smoking, I could sit with my eyes closed and watch the most amazing, mind-boggling DMT-like stuff.... but if I got up to cook some food, I was very nearly sober.  Well... sober and very happy anyway  -_-.  Also, this is the first morning after where I haven't had to smoke A LOT of pot to deal with the jet lag. 

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Cultivation / casing pics... thoughts?
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:34:42 AM »
here's my first casing with B+ on crumbled PF cakes.  This was just a test run to see if I could do a casing since I'm trying grains now- in other words, I was expecting it to be a failure but I must be doing something right because... check it out!  I was a little surprised to see primordia popping out before I saw any mycelium, but it looks pretty good to me now and today the mycelium is popping up all over.  I took two pics because I can't figure out my wife's camera, which has a hundred different settings.  Let me know if there looks like something is wrong.



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Cultivation / grain innoculation
« on: September 14, 2009, 06:40:41 PM »
Is there a tek somewhere on here for innoculating grain?  grain for simple minds doesn't say anything about innoculation, and I'm a bit lost on this whole idea.  I'm contemplating giving millet a shot but I don't understand... do you use syringes like with BRF cakes?  What's the method?  How much per quart jar, etc?

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Cultivation / casing materials
« on: September 11, 2009, 02:48:49 PM »
I'm about to start my first casing attempt.  I was going to do 60% peat moss, 30% verm and 10% lime BUT I realized that I have a bunch of peat-based potting soil in my shed already.  One is composed of peat hummus, peat moss,
sand, perlite and verm; another is the same but with pine bark instead of peat hummus.

Are either or these viable for casing?  I'd hate to waste the stuff I already have but I'm definetely willing to buy new stuff if it means better chances of success. 

Thanks!

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PF - Tek / first flush... wow
« on: April 07, 2009, 07:53:58 AM »
check these out... much better than I was expecting considering that the jars weren't even fully colonized.  This is exactly one week after birth.





and the big one...


the big one had a piece of verm stuck to the top of the cap and the cap split yesterday.  oh well.

A couple veils have broken in those clusters.  Should I harvest the whole cluster now or wait for a couple more veils to break?

thanks again.

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PF - Tek / 73 days, no full colonization
« on: March 30, 2009, 08:57:57 AM »
ok these cakes are pretty much stagnant.  i haven't noticed any growth at all for the last month.  they did great for the first 5 weeks.  all 6 jars are pretty fluffy and full but lack as little as a dime size of sparse coverage up to quarter size area of no coverage!  one of the jars is totally covered, but the bottom is still extremely thin as in this picture:



all of the bottoms look pretty much like that.  i flipped them about 4 weeks ago so that they would colonize the bottom but they all look like that- just a very fine layer covering the substrate.

i have tried lowering/raising the temperature.  the jars have stayed covered and in the dark except the minute or so every other day that i check on them.  what do i do?  some of the slower jars are starting to look kind of dry and yellowish around the edge of the colonizing mycelium.  they just don't seem to want to go that last little bit to full colonization. 

i hope you guys say "just wait longer", that works for me.  i just don't want them to die or anything.  how long can this go on before i just need to birth them and hope for the best?

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PF - Tek / pictures and questions (new grower)
« on: January 31, 2009, 06:57:55 PM »
Hi!  I am new to mushroom cultivation and I am so excited about what I've got so far that I can't resist sharing these beautiful pictures of my mycelium growth.  These were taken yesterday, exactly one week after inoculation.







Now my main question:  does this look right??  Also, is it ok to expose the jars to light like this for a minute or so a day to check them out?

I'm using a B+ strain.  I sterilized jars in a normal pot with a lid for 90 min.  I did all my work in front of a HEPA filter, I wore latex gloves, I swapped almost anything involved with rubbing alchohol, I flame-sterilized the needle between each jar.  So far I can't identify anything in the jars that looks like a contaminant. 

The speed of growth kind of took me by surprise.  For the first few days, there was nothing and all of a sudden BAM!  I was worried because my "incubator" is a foot-high wooden stool sitting between two space heaters but I guess the temperature range must be pretty right on. 

Here are some additional questions:

I read to wait a week after full colonization to birth cakes.  Is this just to let them pin?  Should I birth as soon as pinning starts?  Do I start exposing to light once the jars are fully colonized or a week after full colonization?

I'm planning on doing a dunk after birthing, can I dunk even if pins/mushroom heads have formed?  This is all hypothetical of course, none of this has happened to my jars yet, just want to be prepared.

By the way I love these forums, I've been poring over them for the last two weeks and I've based everything I do off of what I read here.  So thanks for giving me what I needed to know to get to see this beautiful mycelium!  Hopefully nothing terrible will happen from here!


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