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Popcorn can be used as another alternative to grain spawn for bulk growing. It is by no means an end all grain for the best mycelium production. I find that it is a pretty decent grain to use however.

Lets go over the Pros and Cons of this particular medium.

Pros:

It is a widely available grain. You can purchase it in every grocery store and a lot of health food stores.

Requires no prior cleaning. It is very clean straight from the packaging.

Using this tek, you will remove the guess work from calculating proper moisture content.

Corn does not clump up and is extremely easy to shake.

Cons:

It is pricey if you can not find a good deal on it.

Without the proper tek, judging moisture content can be tricky.

If you do not have proper moisture content and good FAE. It will contaminate.

Initial colonizing times are a few days longer than most other grains. (If that is a concern, this hobby is most likely not for you anyways.)

Well, if your still here with me. You must be ready to try popcorn! This tek will make exactly 7 quarts of spawn.

Required items:

Pressure cooker.

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(2) 2lb. Bags of popcorn.

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7 quart jars with your favorite lid assembly. (I use B2 lids with extra holes in the metal lid for FAE.)

https://www.shroomology.org/index.php?/topic/60-EASY-LIDS

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Ready to start? Good!

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back? Perfect!

4. As soon as the lock drops on the pressure cooker, open it up and get your colander ready! You should be left with something like this.

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Notice the water level and expanded kernels.

5. Rinse the kernels with cold water to remove the starchy film that will be left over from cooking the kernels.

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6. Place approximately 600ml of grain to each jar. If you have followed everything step by step. You will have 7 quart jars of grain ready to pressure cook.

7. Place your lids on the jars and cover with tinfoil for extra water protection.

8. Place all of the jars in to the pressure cooker. Pressure cook them at 15psi for 90 minutes.

You should be left with something like this:

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Notice the expanded kernels and slight excess moisture? This is perfection! Good job if this is what you have!

At this point. Let the jars cool for twenty four hours and then inoculate with your preferred inoculant and stand by to observe mycelium growth.

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This was approximately two weeks of growth.

Cheers!

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Lets start!

1. Open both bags of popcorn and place the kernels in to the pressure cooker.

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Tada!

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2. Add enough water to the pressure cooker to obtain about 2-3 inches of water over the kernels.

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3. This is the step that will bring your grain to prefect moisture content. Do not blow this step. Place your lid on the pressure cooker and pressure cook the grain at 15 psi for 30 minutes.

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Those Who Were

I just go to the store and buy cooked canned corn.  Its already sterilized.  Open, pour off liquid, place in sterile jars.  Its ready to inoculate.  slp/fmrc

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blackdogwoody

Damn you beat me too it...was going to say the same thing!! :lol:

Really? That sounds gross and like it would be easy to tam.
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SquidHead

There are no preservatives in canned food, thats what canning does.....it preserves them without adding chemicals or anything else, well maybe a little salt. :P

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There are no preservatives in canned food, thats what canning does.....it preserves them without adding chemicals or anything else, well maybe a little salt. :P

So this procedure can be done in a gb and produce good results?

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Flawedprophecy

I came her to see some boners, not corn.

 

 

On topic though I have tried this once with corn from a can. It worked but I didn't drain it well enough and I had a lot of condensation with a little pooling. One of my old old old OG friends Twisted Caps had a green bean juice tek. (Canned grean bean juice.) And a couple others from canned stuff into the myco world.

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So this procedure can be done in a gb and produce good results?

Probably but I always use a flow hood which is more efficient when it comes to cleaner transfers and such.

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when you do it does the corn fully rehydrate?

The kernels are plump with very minimal splitting.

Not sure if ths is the answer your looking for?

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