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General topics / Fastblast?
« on: March 18, 2010, 11:00:02 AM »
Anyone have any luck using fastblast? saw a few folks on another site growing "11 fruits when using the stuff. not sure how i feel about a "hormone-ish" type additive but the fruits they were growing looked pretty amazing. any thoughts on this?

General topics / Re: MARCH MADNESS Photo Contest!!!!
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:55:52 AM »
my cake slice......... :wub:

General topics / Re: If contams were....
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:46:17 AM » you go  :wub:

General topics / Re: march photo contest???
« on: March 16, 2010, 03:34:29 PM »
yes someone should post up a march anxious to see how everyones grows are doing. -_-

General topics / Re: If contams were....
« on: March 16, 2010, 03:33:22 PM »
i was a little worried that my jars were a bit moist when i filled them.
i have been reading up on the Azurescens, seems that im in too dry of a climate
to try and outdoor grow. the indoor grows look even more complicated, but im happy to have aquired a nice print....even though i may never have a chance to use it. ^_^

General topics / If contams were....
« on: March 15, 2010, 09:51:33 PM »
if contams were human id punch them in the face multiple times. :angry:
30 jars smelling like sour apples! very annoying. think il stick to grains, seem to have better luck with them. on a lighter note i found a place that sells P. Azurescens prints for $10! awesome!  -_-

Cultivation / using grains without sterilizing?
« on: March 13, 2010, 08:30:53 PM »
So i found this on another mush info site and thought id post it and see what the pros thought about this method. wonder what types besides cubes this might work for. any ideas?(again i can take no credit for this tek...wish i could  :ph34r:)

recently, while experimenting with fermented substrates, I discovered an easy way to create grain spawn without the need to sterilize anything. I am using it for Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus eryngii. A few tries indicate it also works for Stropharia rugosoannulata, Coprinus comatus and cubes, perhaps also for Agrocybe aegerita. No success with Agaricus bisporus yet.

Heres what you have to do:
- Soak the grain for 24 hours.
- Cook it shortly, so the kernels wont germinate.
- Rinse it with clean water.
- Fill jars half with the cooked grain.
- Add water until filled up to three quarters.
- Remove kernels, which are floating on top.
- Close the lid loosely.
- Wait.
- Turn the jars every day or use a clean spoon and stir around.

After a few days lactic acid fermentation will start, like in bread baking with sourdough or like in bacterial contam. This time it is what we want. You will notice bubbles of air rising and a sour and fruity smell appears. Let it bubble for another few days.

Possible problems:
- If you notice a whitish film on the surface, there is yeast growing on top. Use a clean spoon and remove it.
- Some kernels will rise to the surface. If you don't move the jars, they may stay there, dry out partially and green mold can grow.
- Sometimes, When waiting too long like one or two months, other bacteria take over and produce acetic acid, which seems to be toxic for mushroom mycelium.

The PH falls from 7 to 4 and after a week or two, the grain is ready. Strain the water and inoculate with fresh and clean mushroom stems or mycelium growing in wood or straw. Use at least a spoonful and don't mix. Just put it on top. Now it will take several days for the mycelium to adapt to the low PH. The above mentioned mushroom species are known to digest bacteria, so they will happily eat whatever they find and grow vigorously and dense into the grain.

The whole process takes longer than the sterile way and needs a bigger amount of starting mycelium, but you don't need a pressure cooker, HEPA-filter, glove box and all that stuff. You can work on your kitchen table and open air. Just be clean. Of course you should keep the jars closed after inoculation, but you can safely open them from time to time, if you want to check the smell or whatever. The high amount of lactic acid and the active bacteria will prevent mold and yeast from growing, even if spores are present.

A few days after complete colonization, you can use the grain spawn to inoculate wood chips, straw or more fermented grain. Don't expect to be able to shake the jars to separate the kernels. Use a spoon to break your spawn into small pieces. When going to straw or wood chips, mix well.

Thats it for now. Have fun with this method and please post here if you find out it works for other species too. Lentinus edodes will possibly not work well, as shiitake mycelium usually separates itself from bacterial contams, building up the usual brown surface. It may take weeks, until it grows further into the fermented grain.

General topics / Re: poison pop ups?
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:55:13 PM »
Vandal_xx.. im hoping they will be ok cause the caps look HUGE! hopefully the experts can give me some advice as to what i should do about this problem.

General topics / poison pop ups?
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:46:44 AM »
so ive been weeding these little buggers out of my giant cake for about 3 days now. im guessing its from the horse poo?  spread some rye grain on past. horse poo and soil/cor topped it. starting to see a volcanic cap emerging from the middle, but im concerned about these pesty sprouts. any suggestions?

General topics / Re: Eye Candy
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:43:03 AM »
Oooooh! such a sweet and tasty photo! nice moorhS  -_-

General topics / march photo contest???
« on: March 12, 2010, 12:27:24 AM »
Are we having one at all? did i miss last month? :huh:

Cultivation / Re: What does poop taste like.
« on: March 06, 2010, 07:54:54 PM »
AHahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!  ^_^

General topics / gonna give panaeolus subbalteatus a try
« on: March 06, 2010, 06:25:14 PM »
going to try my luck with the panaeolus subbalteatus, says the serotonin the emmit is broken down quicly by the stomach acids though, time to get creative i guess?  :ph34r:

General topics / Re: Damn bugs!
« on: March 06, 2010, 03:50:02 PM »
I will give it a try! also wanted to let you know those Chit. turned out great!!

General topics / Re: Damn bugs!
« on: March 06, 2010, 12:01:38 PM »
thanks smart ass!  :wub:

General topics / Damn bugs!
« on: March 06, 2010, 10:25:19 AM »
tried my best to get rid of these gnats when id see one flying around in my FC. but i see one almost every day now. so im guessing they are nested somewhere in a cake or 2 or all. how dangerous are these to my fruits? any chance anyone has a secret on how to get rid of these darn things?  :huh:

Cultivation / cor/manure for pans?
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:50:21 AM »
so wheat straw is scarce in these parts and im getting ready to birth some pans, was wondering if using cor/manure would work alright?

General topics / Re: heres a weird one!!!
« on: February 25, 2010, 07:06:45 PM »
well my pal is fine, he said all is well and he doesnt expect to pull that stunt again anytime soon. he did mention the words "extraction" and "methanol", cant wait to hear about round 2.  :rolleyes:

General topics / heres a weird one!!!
« on: February 23, 2010, 08:17:17 PM »
So it seems that my friend up in the great north west was doing some goofball experiment (as usual) with his fungi....

sems he ground down 2gms of dried cubes into a fine powder and steeped
a tincture ofr a few hrs THEN dropped a few drops into each of his eyes several times through the course of one night, and seems to be having some
problems with himself a few days later. now im no expert and im all about ingesting cubes, but id think it wouldnt be such a good idea to put fungi water directly into your eye's? thats just me though. no report from him as of today so dont know how things are progressing.  ^_^ ^_^

Cultivation / Re: Incubation...are these garbage?
« on: February 23, 2010, 04:47:13 PM »
or bury them outside and start a compost.  :mellow:

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