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PF - Tek / Re: 100% colonization
« on: May 08, 2008, 12:54:43 AM »
From http://www.fungifun.org/English/Pftek#a6

"Within 5-10 days (with certain mushroom strains it can however take up to 30 days) pinhead-size accumulations of mycelium should form. These so called pins represent the beginning of mushroom growth. In the following days also small mushrooms with brown heads become visible. When this is the case it's time to birth the cake into the fruiting container where the mushrooms can develop to maturity.
Some strains don't easily develop pins. In this case put the colonized jar wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge over night and then proceed to fruiting next day, even if the cake doesn't show pins yet. This cold shocking usually helps trigger pinning somewhat."

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General topics / Re: READ PLEASE!
« on: May 05, 2008, 12:19:07 AM »
Depends on the substrate.
If in doubt, stick them to he fridge in the meantime.

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Cultivation / Re: WORM CASTINGS???
« on: May 03, 2008, 11:24:26 PM »
I have no experience in using the castings.

Other questions have answers here:

http://www.shroomery.org/5105/Casing

and here:

http://www.shroomery.org/20/Casing-Procedures


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Cultivation / Re: Evaluate the Casing Pics Please!!
« on: May 02, 2008, 03:25:37 AM »
Give it a heavy spray with water to knock those strands trying to grow up down.
Also you might reduce the humidity in the fruiting chamber a bit so it is still very moist, but not just as moist as now, aim at 95% or so.

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Cultivation / Re: Edible to cultivate as azurescens?
« on: May 01, 2008, 11:51:29 AM »
Stropharia rugoso-annulata does.

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PF - Tek / Re: I'm Starting To Get Very Frustrated
« on: April 28, 2008, 07:47:25 AM »
I never heard that horticultural vermiculite would be treated with anything. What brand is it?
How did you sterilize the jars? In a pressure cooker? Pressure cooking brf for more than one hour can make brf less suitable for fungi due to various chemical reactions happening at that temperature.

If you have a pressure cooker, you might give grains a try and see if the spores still don't germinate.

http://www.fungifun.org/English/Grain-For-Simple-Minds

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PF - Tek / Re: I'm Starting To Get Very Frustrated
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:02:20 AM »
Did you inoculate so the spore water dripped all the way down the jar?

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PF - Tek / Re: First time questions
« on: April 28, 2008, 04:01:43 AM »
>Q1) How important is the temperature of your terrarium is it critical for the mushroom growth?
The temperature not terribly important, P. cubensis will grow and fruit in a fairly wider range of temperatures, for incubation a range between  70-80 is preferable, with around 80F being optimum, for fruiting go with around 5F less.


Q2) When and how often should you water your cakes?

Cakes usually don't need to be sprayed directly since they should be iin a very moist environment.


Q3) What is the technique for watering your cakes, do you spray or just dump water onto them?

Spray, but as I said, see above.

Q4) Can you buy the verm and brown rice flower at a regular store or does it have to be ordered on line with the spores?

See http://www.fungifun.org/English/Pftek

Q5) How Important is the air exchange in your terrarium? I have seen several videos that kind of contradict eachother on this one said lots of fresh air with lots of holes in the terrarium and the other said the opposite with no holes at all.

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General topics / Re: Xmas in April
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:46:43 AM »
Excellent, good luck!

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PF - Tek / Re: I'm Starting To Get Very Frustrated
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:46:09 AM »
>10cc per 2, 1/2 pint jars

10cc is sufficient for 6-10 jars.

By what you are describing, it seems that the spores are bunk, dead.
Did you let the jars cool down completely after sterilization? Do the jars smell unpleasantly?

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Cultivation / Re: Please Take a look and let me know!
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:42:22 AM »
They look very colonized, they definitely don't lack humidity.
As long they aren't turning colors, keep fanning and they should eventually get pins.

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General topics / Re: Hey anno
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:40:33 AM »
>can't seem to find the tek im looking for

See http://www.fungifun.org/English/Grain-For-Simple-Minds .

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Cultivation / Re: substrate for colonization
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:38:40 AM »
the question is can you use rye seed and water to make a spreadable substrate, and does it work better?

Yes, see http://www.fungifun.org/English/Grain-For-Simple-Minds .

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Cultivation / Re: pictures
« on: April 25, 2008, 12:04:32 AM »
Looks like some malformed fruit bodies along with some normal, don't throw it out, doesn't look contaminated.

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Cultivation / Re: substrate for colonization
« on: April 25, 2008, 12:03:21 AM »
What is the question?

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Cultivation / Re: spores question
« on: April 25, 2008, 12:02:30 AM »
Yes, the spores are still good.

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Cultivation / Re: Dormant Casings
« on: April 23, 2008, 12:35:36 AM »
>huge sea-urchin like mold spikes poppin out of the casing, and one of the containers of
>Hawaiian or B+in between sea urchins has a fine-cob web like growth spreadin.


This definitely sounds like mold.

Those casings are doomed, you can't save them, dunp them as soon as possible.

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Cultivation / Re: Dormant Casings
« on: April 22, 2008, 04:05:21 AM »
I don't understand this part:
"is it possible 2 stunt the fruiting process of mold?"

Are you keeping high humidity and air exchange? How does the casing look, is it overgrown with mycelium? Ideally it shouldn't be.


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PF - Tek / Re: organic vs non-organic BRF
« on: April 22, 2008, 12:18:56 AM »
It should work with this also, organic or not.

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PF - Tek / Re: I Need information about Casing.
« on: April 21, 2008, 02:44:16 AM »
>i must Case the Cake fully colonized by Myc only at this point of development, not with pins appearing or else.

Right.

>I've planned to mkae my Own Incubator as explained in this site, can this be used or considered as a my Fruiting Chamber once casing done ?

Yes, and no.  A fruiting chamber doesn't need heating, but it needs air exchange.
The simplest fruiting chamber would be a box covered with a translucent lid or plastic foil. If you lift the lid 1-2 times a day, and mist the casing if on the dry side, you got yourself a fruiting chamber.

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