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PF - Tek / Re: Do PF Jars need to breathe?
« on: June 12, 2009, 06:24:32 AM »
Cugak,
  And as PW stated earlier.  Polyfil wads, or Tyvek lids are great.

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PF - Tek / Re: Do PF Jars need to breathe?
« on: June 12, 2009, 06:21:21 AM »
Cugak,... 
  I have worked with grains since Homestead sold kits in big plastic tubs, back in the 80's.  I have learned that it's a good/bad scenario.  Shaking the jars will help distribute the mycelium throughout the container, which is good, but then there is that recovery time involved to get back on track with growth. 
  However, if the grain has been properly prepared, it will be fluffy, and allow aeration, and rapid colonization. 
  At any given time, I have at least 50 pts, and probably 30 qts colonizing.  Some I spawn outside into compost, some cased in mono tubs, some are cased, and some just left to fruit in the jars,.whether cased or not..  And I rarely shake them, unless they for some reason don't seem to be colonizing evenly.
  Just as a personal thing,... not that I am Vegan, but my girlfriend is Latin, and makes brown rice with a great percentage of our meals.   I can always have her show you how to prepare that grain so it works like a charm if you need!  lol
  Good growing, friend!
     :mellow:

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PF - Tek / Re: Do PF Jars need to breathe?
« on: June 11, 2009, 10:34:59 AM »
  Yes, grain jars need to breath, but they need a bare minimum of air.  If your mason jars have lids over the foil, or sealing system, all you need to do is lightly tighten them and leave them alone until fully colonized.
  With the proper temperature, they colonize rapidly, and need little attention, unless you get happy and start shaking to break them up.   Far warning, ..if the grain was prepared correctly, they will break up nicely when it is time to spawn.  So, best to let nature do its job.  We all have one.
   :ph34r:

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General topics / Re: Wild mushrooms in NEW YORK?
« on: June 03, 2009, 04:57:01 PM »
Deadneck, check your mail.   :mellow:

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General topics / Re: Wild mushrooms in NEW YORK?
« on: June 03, 2009, 11:17:00 AM »
Done deal buddy!   ^_^

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Cultivation / Re: Air pump with bubble wand mini shotgun chamber
« on: June 03, 2009, 10:57:36 AM »
Hey Dave,
  Your setup looks very similar to one of my own.  I think I understand what you are trying to do.  In a sense eliminate the use of external humidification, by pumping in damp air by means of the *Agua pump.   ??correct??
  Nice use of the noodle, though I would still remove it from that container, unless you have allocated a budget specifically for relacing the pump.  Though it was designed for use With a fish tank,  it wasn't designed to be used in the tank, or ultra damp conditions.  If you take a look the Tetra site, (the mfgr.), they will warn against use in or under water, and the warranty will not cover replacement.  Unless you buy it at Walmart, and you keep the receipt!   Hell you can exchange anything there within a year.
  ** As for your isolated fruit.  It probably will be good, and if conditions are right, the culture may repair itself, and the cake might continue as if business as usual. 
  I have seem the small areas of mold develope on other people cakes after the 2nd flush or so, and they still ate the fruits.  And, they are still walking and talking. 
  Of course, you can run the risk, and why take the chance.  It looks as though you will have enough coming soon not to worry about 1 specimen.
  Glide easy, and enjoy the fruits of your labos.
      :mellow:

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Cultivation / Re: Air pump with bubble wand mini shotgun chamber
« on: June 03, 2009, 07:01:47 AM »
Hey Dave,
  Fattrout is right on the money with his directive to have you place the pump outside of the FC. 
  As for you system,.  I have the same setup in more than 3 of my FC's and the only thing I do differently is I add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the container, and proved at least an 1" or so of water in the bottom of that container.  Be sure not to use too much peroxide though.  Just as it kills bacteria,.....it will do the same to the fungi in too large a concentration.
  Happy fruiting! 
      :mellow:

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Cultivation / Re: Air pump with bubble wand mini shotgun chamber
« on: June 02, 2009, 10:36:05 AM »
Beware,.He's either a Nazi, or  Narc!    Incoming! 
   :mellow:

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General topics / Re: Wild mushrooms in NEW YORK?
« on: June 02, 2009, 04:46:11 AM »
Hey Dave,
  You were asking when the little guys were in season.  Being that it only gets cold where I am in N. Florida for about a month at the most,.... they are Always in season.  That in combination with the daily showers, and consistent temperatures, you can find them in abundance All Year!. 
  Just as an example,.  I toss all of my old rice cakes out into my veggie garden. And did a mass burial about 3 weeks ago.  After the 3 days of rain we had a little over a week ago, the little buggers are strangling and outgrowing the vegetable plants I had seeded.  This morning along, I brought in well over a QP!  Heading down to Daytona to give them to a friend, for his rave party this weekend.
  So, if you plan on making the trip, get back with me,.....I map you out, or take you on the Grand Tour!  Nothing like doing Universal Studios with your Mind Wide Open!!
  Later,.....
      :mellow:

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General topics / Re: Wild mushrooms in NEW YORK?
« on: June 01, 2009, 06:17:55 PM »
Hey Dave,
  I actually did find a few of the Pan. genre in upstate New York, in the New Paltz, High Falls area when I was living there.  But the search is pretty much a futile event, and if you stubble upon anything goo it is far and few between. 
  But, having a shorter, and abrupt growing season outdoors, you have an excellent environment for doing outdoors spawning, and the results are incredible.
   If you want to find wild,...do as I did, move to Florida.  lol  I love to cultivate, indoors and out, but there is rarely a weekend that we go out to the lakes, or camping that we don't spot fields of Cubes in most of the pastures, and dairy farms down here.  The state tried to introduce anti-fuguscides, but the farmers rarely use them, and with all of the Go Green  activities, we are in the land of milk and honey!  The little guys arre everywhere.  Even been spotted growing in the lawn of the courthouse, and police station!  And they are Monster sized!
  But, keep an eye out, and have them check before you dose,.or you may be checking out Bigtime!
   Later   :mellow:

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PF - Tek / Re: fc question
« on: May 31, 2009, 06:45:58 PM »
  All of you are a trip!  I will side with Shroomzer,....  KISS is Rock n' Roll, but read the msg and go with what you know.   And there is nothing wrong with experimenting.  That's how we all got started in the game.  By someone Else's trials and errors.
   Can't we all just get along?? 
  Later.   :ph34r:

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Cultivation / Re: Casing Grains
« on: May 27, 2009, 06:38:27 PM »
  Shroomzer~~  I'm sorry if I gave the wrong impression.  I by No Means, ever tell anyone what they should or shouldn't do.  Let God, and your conscience rule your path.  I just felt after reading so many posts on the site for years raving about BRF cakes, as though they were the be all end all, that I might put my 5 cents in.  And it does seem that most are looking for a high yield.  So,....  Whooops there it is,.....
  As for myself, I can do a grain to grain transfer, and have fruits in 18 days.  And, I love an abundance of fruits which I share within my network of friends.  A matter of fact we all do,....  we cultivate various strains, and share during these hot sultry nights here on the beach.  Nothing like Glowin' by firelight at a clam bake at night, or drifting out on the ocean under moonlight.
  As for storage,... There will always be rainy days.  Stick them in a "seal - a - meal, or jar of honey, and you will always be prepared.
  So, if cakes are working for you,.....by all means, go with what you know is good for you.
  Love and Happiness,...  We are all here to share, and enjoy.
      :mellow:
 

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Cultivation / Re: Casing Grains
« on: May 27, 2009, 09:09:52 AM »
  I'm really surprised that all of you guys and gals, of whom I have been reading your posts and comments for at least a couple of years are just now getting your heads in the game with grains.  I have only recently even thought about BRF cakes, and believe that method to be nothing more than a waste of time energy, and resources.
   I have used Brn. Rice, sometimes mixed with millet constantly for years with superb results.  Alternately, I will spawn my colonized Brn. Rice, 1 pt), into a 4 qt container, filled with sterilized Black Kow, mushroom compost, and perhaps case with pure sterilized verm, or not,...  Cased or not the fruits are prolific.  I have rarely produced less than 130 - 145 grams dried in the first flush.  Even in pt jar, whether they are cased with 60 / 40 sphagnum peat / verm, the results are consistant. and I can't remember the last time I have encountered any "true" contaminants.  There were time I thought the green that appeared on the sphagnum peat was bad, but i found it occurred naturally outdoors on the medium, and after tests at the local college, I was informed that it is benign-ed, and a natural effect due the environment here in Florida.
  Trust me, whether you are growing indoors, or out, grains are the way to go if the strain you are working with likes that particular substrate. 
  Peace   :ph34r:

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Cultivation / Re: Your favourite P.Cubensis strain...
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:11:30 AM »
B+ has always been a fast colonizer, with trippy results.  The little Guys definitely were the best source for those spores.  Glad I have done grain to grain for the last 3 years to keep the dreams alive! 

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