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  1. I will start by saying this is my first grow, and first monotub. I spend tons of time researching and lurking so this is my first post on any forum. I can't really seem to find the specific info that I am looking for. For Background info, I used 12 BRF cakes nocc'd with B+ MS syringes. Seemed like pretty slow colonization in the jars but everything seemed contam free (except for one, Blue Mold). Once my jars colonized I did Damien's Bucket tek. I think that my first issue was that I did not have nearly enough spawn... (12 4oz jars) but I broke them up and mixed them at about a 1:2 ratio. I put my mix in a standard mono set up, 2 holes at sub level on the long side and 1 on the narrow side high up. Now this is where i think i really messed up. When I was spawning to the monotub, I did not really understand the casing layer so I added the case over the sub mix then taped my holes and put the bag around it. It colonized in a normal time frame (8-10 days). The top layer was not 100% but i was worried about co2 buildup so I put it into fruiting conditions. When I put it into fruiting conditions there was no odd smell and no sign of contam. There were some small yellow spots here and there but apparently thats myc piss? Anyways the tub has been in fruiting conditions for about 3 days. I did not notice any smell when I put it into FC. However yesterday, I noticed a STRONG sweet smell. I was prescribed liquid penicillin when I was younger and it smells EXACTLY like that. When I put the tub into FC there were a few yellow spots, nothing crazy, but now it has spread pretty fast. I'm still seeing new pins and have a couple shrooms growing nice and fat, but I am very concerned. ALSO, I did notice fuzzy feet pretty early on so I increased airflow in the tub, loosened poly on the bottom holes and removed it on the tops. opened the tub to fan a few times daily. I know there are a couple vectors here, I think over misting caused the fuzzy feet? I was worried about the thickness of the sub, and moisture retention. I know there is not much that can be done but give good FAE and let the mushies battle it out... My main questions are, Is this a bacterial contam? Why did mold not grow instead? If Fruits are produced, are they safe? and could the penicillin smell and the yellow blotches be the mycelium fighting against a contam that has not yet appeared? Any new info and tips would be greatly appreciated.😥
  2. 2 totes started on the 20th of August. Bags inoculated by my friends and me on the 24th of August. First pic is PR the second is GT. I'll case the PR soon. I'll be inoculating 2 bags with my Panaleous Tropiaclis today and you can follow that grow log on my other topic post.
  3. I havesomequestions

    Pinning has started...But is this contaminated?

    I don’t know whether to be excited or extremely bummed out. This is my first grow so I am confused as to whether this is mold or blue bruising. I went to open my lid today and saw pins but then came across some coloration. Any help is appreciated, thank you.
  4. Hey all, I am excited to be here. I have been stalking this site for a few weeks now and learning a lot and willing to learn a lot more. Last Friday, April 26, I inoculated 4 quart size rye berry jars (I ordered them pre sterilized along with 4 bags of sterilized substrate). I made sure to use my bathroom for inoculating the jars. I bleached everything, Lysol, 91%alc wiped on everything. I wore gloves, only my underwear, and created a still air box to use to prevent any unwanted particles that may have been floating around. Today is Tuesday, I have not seen any growth yet but am very anxious and planning on not looking till Friday again. Temp in the closet where the jars are is 79 degrees. I feel I did everything very clean, however my only worry is when I had the jars and substrate shipped if they got too hot and could effect moisture in jars. If all goes well I will shake jars at 25% mycelium colonization in jars and then decide on a Tek to use for fruiting. Any helpful and supportive comments are welcome and appreciated.
  5. So I promised to keep a more detailed account of what happened last time. I didn't cut corners but the formulas sometimes slip my mind. Anyway, started off with the right foot down the left hand pass, once again. Used that much. About half of an eight lb. tub. Picked up for $13. Made this many 1qt. jars. Strain is B+. This is after 7 days at a steady 80 degrees.
  6. Ronico

    First Grow Third Flush

    Third flush has been harvested.
  7. Ronico

    First Grow Second Flush

    So my second flush has been collected, this time I think I made a mistake during the induction to the next flush and misted too much as sidepins appeared. I think because of low evaporation in the middle of the substrate. Stil, good champis have developed and its time for the third flush.
  8. Ronico

    First Grow Second Flush

    So my second flush has been collected, this time I think I made a mistake during the induction to the next flush and misted too much as sidepins appeared. I think because of low evaporation in the middle of the substrate. Stil, good champis have developed and its time for the third flush.
  9. Ronico

    First Grow Second Flush

    So my second flush has been collected, this time I think I made a mistake during the induction to the next flush and misted too much as sidepins appeared. I think because of low evaporation in the middle of the substrate. Stil, good champis have developed and its time for the third flush.
  10. So my second flush has been collected, this time I think I made a mistake during the induction to the next flush and misted too much as sidepins appeared. I think because of low evaporation in the middle of the substrate. Stil, good champis have developed and its time for the third flush.
  11. Hey everyone I'm starting over, on my posting methods among other things, now that I have a flush or two down from a few diff cakes I still obv consider myself a scrub at cultivation but not so blindly stupid to the terms and teks and how it all comes together. Any input on this topic should be constructive or feedback of experience, as I am in an ongoing learning process, like many of you(no dinosaurs pls I don't want to hear about what ur 20 year old Tek did for you on one rainy weekend years ago. If ya gotta be negative, at least make it something to work with! Now that I have completed the rant part; into experiments, recent, ongoing, or soon tbd. Hope many can learn thru my mistakes and vice versa maybe a tip or two along the way will save a strong flush or revamp a thought to be dead sub. Started with Pf Tek (brf cakes) Used PC 90min lowtemp Reliably sourced syringes Initially started noccing jars late Sept/October randomly thru January. Used space above fridge and top of the dark side of my closet when they started overfilling. Think we nocced close to 80 jars(pints) had issues with air inside, had mold removed, got a purifier hepa type for the house. I imagine I will not lose as many to Tams or failed nocc next time but I probably threw away 30+ jars of the 80 being unexperienced. realizing later, 10 or so of the tossed ones we're probably fine, just being too cautious at the time. Had to mix diff strains in sgfc's based off what was 100%noc first..so confusion was caused there somewhat but good for experimentation nonetheless. Today, there are 15p.e ready to birth, 4 Ecuador to break and dunk, a couple tams on the ones that saw decent fruits already dunked those last night in distilled with a splash of h202, I use iso and perox alot trying to find it's capabilities with myc, gonna set a planter up on the patio for contammed cakes, also getting 3 fresh 44qt FCs in the Martha. Last weekend I got everything I think I need to get subs and casing for bulk started, good brand wbs, no corn, no sunflower, fresh pack of coir lime etc who wants to help me smash out these PEs or advice on anything else so far, will post lots of pics and be more detailed in my future posts, without dragging on, guess this can be the start of my amateur grow log, pics are the first fruits from cake 3 in Martha posted below. B+ Setup basics: Sgfcs or the like in a Martha. 44qt tubs, 3-4" perlite strained lots of holes of course, was playing with polyfill and then leaving some open, for the totes I'm putting in today, will be trying plastic micropore tape(2 layers on bottom holes ,1 layer on lid holes, playing with 1-2layerson side holes, have small random spots of perlite fuzz recently, one light greenish a couple purplish, a grayish cobwebbyspot, going to bleach spray Martha and put everything clean back in later. Regarding perlite tho, have read where you can just strain it thru tap water..done that, the FC I prepped last night had the perlite strained then soaked in peroxide and water for a few hours then I restrained at sink and dumped in, also saw German guy talking about pressure cooking it hAha just too much shit. What to do next..
  12. Hey everyone I'm starting over, on my posting methods among other things, now that I have a flush or two down from a few diff cakes I still obv consider myself a scrub at cultivation but not so blindly stupid to the terms and teks and how it all comes together. Any input on this topic should be constructive or feedback of experience, as I am in an ongoing learning process, like many of you(no dinosaurs pls I don't want to hear about what ur 20 year old Tek did for you on one rainy weekend years ago. If ya gotta be negative, at least make it something to work with! Now that I have completed the rant part; into experiments, recent, ongoing, or soon tbd. Hope many can learn thru my mistakes and vice versa maybe a tip or two along the way will save a strong flush or revamp a thought to be dead sub. Started with Pf Tek (brf cakes) Used PC 90min lowtemp Reliably sourced syringes Initially started noccing jars late Sept/October randomly thru January. Used space above fridge and top of the dark side of my closet when they started overfilling. Think we nocced close to 80 jars(pints) had issues with air inside, had mold removed, got a purifier hepa type for the house. I imagine I will not lose as many to Tams or failed nocc next time but I probably threw away 30+ jars of the 80 being unexperienced. realizing later, 10 or so of the tossed ones we're probably fine, just being too cautious at the time. Had to mix diff strains in sgfc's based off what was 100%noc first..so confusion was caused there somewhat but good for experimentation nonetheless. Today, there are 15p.e ready to birth, 4 Ecuador to break and dunk, a couple tams on the ones that saw decent fruits already dunked those last night in distilled with a splash of h202, I use iso and perox alot trying to find it's capabilities with myc, gonna set a planter up on the patio for contammed cakes, also getting 3 fresh 44qt FCs in the Martha. Last weekend I got everything I think I need to get subs and casing for bulk started, good brand wbs, no corn, no sunflower, fresh pack of coir lime etc who wants to help me smash out these PEs or advice on anything else so far, will post lots of pics and be more detailed in my future posts, without dragging on, guess this can be the start of my amateur grow log, pics are the first fruits from cake 3 in Martha posted below. B+ Setup basics: Sgfcs or the like in a Martha. 44qt tubs, 3-4" perlite strained lots of holes of course, was playing with polyfill and then leaving some open, for the totes I'm putting in today, will be trying plastic micropore tape(2 layers on bottom holes ,1 layer on lid holes, playing with 1-2layerson side holes, have small random spots of perlite fuzz recently, one light greenish a couple purplish, a grayish cobwebbyspot, going to bleach spray Martha and put everything clean back in later. Regarding perlite tho, have read where you can just strain it thru tap water..done that, the FC I prepped last night had the perlite strained then soaked in peroxide and water for a few hours then I restrained at sink and dumped in, also saw German guy talking about pressure cooking it hAha just too much shit. What to do next..
  13. Hey guys, this one's my first post here. I recently tripped for the first time and two weeks later I decided to grow my own mushrooms. I wanted to document it and get feedback along the way, I decided to use the B+ strain using the BRF Tek. I used six 1/2 pint wide mouth jars DAY 1 : Inoculation. Since I didn't have a pressure cooker, I used a pot and steam sterlized for 90 mins. I used wiping alcohol between holes and flame sterlization between jars. It was an open air inoculation but I sprayed the room with disinfectant and turned off any sources of air an hour before inoculation. Afterwards I put micropore on the jars and put them in the closet. DAY 11 - Peeking Day. None of the jars seem to be infected so far and there was no pungent smell. While 4 of the 6 jars had a chunk or mycelium, the other two were lesser colonized but hey, that isn't bad. I'LL KEEP POSTING UPDATES.
  14. Hello. I haven’t done this in about 2 years but figured I would throw up my process to help some but mostly to get feedback from the professionals. I will be working with 40qt to 60qt bins and using qt size jars with Wild Bird Seed. As of now I just Noc’d up 10 jars of each of the three strains and will be adding photos as I go along. Usually my first flushes were about 4 ounces dried if I am not mistaken. I usually worked with Golden Teachers and some other one that I have forgotten. But I appreciate all the constructive criticism I can get. Let me know if you have any questions.
  15. Hello, This is my first post here and it's been a long time coming. I've been working on this grow for about 2 1/2 - 3 months now and I think that my first flush is nearly ready to be picked! The strain is B+ Cubensis and the grow was relatively easy and low maintenance. About 3 weeks ago I transferred colonized spawn bags into my bulk grow kit and my first pins started appearing 6 days prior to this post. My only question at this point is are my mushrooms ready to be picked and dried? Also, I heard that you're not supposed to pick any big mushrooms if there are small ones growing next to it. Is this true? Here's the pic:
  16. Jdog5775

    1st time grower need advice.

    I am a first time grower and need to know what to look out for during my first flush. What are the signs that my shrooms are going to not be safe? Please help. I have down everything by the book so far and kept everything as sterile as possible. B+ strain in homemade fruiting camber. Please let me know what to look out for before I hurt myself.
  17. jhaul21

    B+ Brf Cake Hyphal Knots

    Pretty sure these are Hyphal Knots, it is Cubensis B+ on a 1 pint jar Brf cake. It has been in the fruiting chamber for a week.
  18. Hey guys seems like I can't get a reply here. Gonna give it one last try them I'm closing my account. Are these ready to harvest and steps I need for flush should I use 3% peroxide in my flush water thanks.
  19. Wow I freaked over nothing every I read online after cleaning my up mushies with is alcohoand bruising them badly mushies gonna die and. Check it about fruits double in size over night and I even have temp dolled from 74 to 60 and humidity down to 82 try to slow myc growth on shrooms and pins but this myc is a beast even the shrooms doubled in 24 hours. B+ yeah ok I'm thinking a plus. I don't care how small is have to harvest at would like max potency. Help the noob out fellas don't let me fall flat now. I'm so ready to travel across space and time and stand and look into the abyss.yesterdaytodayyesterday
  20. First off shout out to Mush Zombie, I know it’s not his creation ,but I thank him and everyone else for his/there immense knowledge and kindness! i am about 95% there with what to do. Planning to do 2 —-set and forget 6 qt dub tube—- with a 1 qt spawn : 3 qt manure sub and a .25 qt casing 50-50 mix. One golden teacher dub tube and one B+ dub tube I will be drilling the 8- 1/2 holes. 4 on top and 4 on bottom. Do I want the holes on the bottom tube to be as flush as I can get, to the top of the casing? Aka do I want any room between casing and holes. Secondly do you tape the two tubes together when fruiting. How will I know if I need to tighten or loosen my poly? Is it better to use microspore tape? Should the top holes be looser than the bottom? Should I mist the casing after I apply it(100% colonized bulk sub). Or should I mist the top tube. Or should I do neither? I live in AZ so it’s rather dry. Making a major question how can I know/ check if it’s to dry? Or must I truely set and forget and hope? Sorry so many questions! Any feedback or advise would be greatly appreciated as There is so much outdated info, it’s hard to keep it all straight !
  21. Hey fellas! So I started these jars about 3 weeks ago and as you can see they are coming along except not as fast as I expected. They took off at first after I inoculated with liquid culture but have slowed since. I have shaken the left jar to try and help. Keeping the temp around 76 with a few degree variance. And idea why it’s growing so slow or am I just being impatient. Thanks 😎
  22. PLEASE HELP This is my first time growing mushrooms, i didn't have access to a lot of resources so i made do with what i could, About 10 Days ago i birthed 2 cakes (Dunked them for 24 hours) and placed them in a terrarium. It was about 20-30c for the first week after the cakes were birthef where i live and it has kept the humidity looking reasonably good. I was getting a little impatient and read that because of the lack of holes in the terrarium my mushrooms might not pin. So i added about Two dozen more holes with a Stanley knife ( No drill ) in the terrarium and began airing it out once in a while. Just like that 1 mushroom pins on each cake the next day. 2 days have passed and these mushrooms are about an inch tall and very slowly growing but i see no more pins. The Temperature has dropped now and its set to stay between 12-20c for the foreseeable future (i don't have a heater at the moment so i cant manually control the temperature) also i have been spraying often and the terrarium cant seem to hold moisture. I have read thousands of different forums and they all recommend different things. These are b+ mycellium cakes inoculated with a syringe about a month ago. Ultimately i just want to know how to optimize these cakes fruiting conditions and get a good couple flushes out of them, and if anyone has anymore questions to find out If/How I've gone wrong im more than happy to answer,
  23. Today is the 9th day of my 6 quart tub's spawn run. I sneaked a peek to make sure it was getting along fine. Seems I had nothing to worry about with them at all. Very excited at seeing all this growth. I'm about to prepare the casing layer today. Went out shopping. 10 bucks for a giant 62 liter bag of spag peat moss (100% sph). I'm pretty sure this is much better than the miracle-gro SPMoss that I saw first. The MG brand had organic compost in it or similar, making it somewhat nutritious for my mycelium. This stuff is 100% moss. So it should create a better non-nutritious layer right? I was also considering straining my vermiculite to make sure it's only coarse grade; straining would make sure there is much less medium and fine grade in it. Is my casing layer better off being all coarse grade verm? I want my pH to end up right at 7? I should cut my trash bag when I apply that casing layer right? I should make it look like the one on the right in this picture, correct? Thanks everyone on the journey with me.
  24. So this was my first real grow (other than a failed grow kit in high school), and I was perhaps a little too ambitious and decided to start with a bulk monotub. I followed the tek by Mush Zombie here https://www.shroomology.org/forums/topic/46-how-to-grow-shrooms-in-bulk-monotubs/. I know I should have started with the pf tek, but I wanted a lot of mushrooms, and I needed something that was low maintenance because I'm a student. I was very careful in my sterile technique, and luckily the mushrooms grew! I am now on my 4th flush, and the fungus has started to look like its about ready to die. What is strange is that it sprouted a cluster in the one spot of the casing layer that had remained uncolonized throughout the whole grow process. This one cluster pretty much constituted the whole 4th flush. I was just confused as to why it would have grow in this way. My best guess is that it has something to do with the pH of the casing layer (50/50+), but it's interesting that it didn't harbor growth in the first flushes and was the only spot to grow later on. Also, the mushrooms that are still growing don't look very good...I just want to make sure it's because the fungus is running out of nutrients, and not a contamination. I'd greatly appreciate any feedback yall may have! I really just want to make sure the mushrooms from the latest flush are safe to eat. Also I don't know if I should harvest the little mushrooms scattered across the surface that have stopped growing. Tell me what yall think. This was the beginning of the first flush (I know, terrible pin set). You can see the bare spot at the bottom with no mycelium. This was the third flush, and you can just see pins forming in the once bare spot. You can also see all the little mushrooms that have stopped growing. I just picked that cluster today, I just want to make sure it's good. And are all those little mushrooms in the tub aborts? Are they safe to eat? Should I dump the tub in some dirt at the park when it's done? Lol, thanks in advance for your help.
  25. So I'm finally doing a log. Now that I've gotten a few LC's under my belt and a bunch of new strains thought I'd whip up a bunch of LC's. My main focus right now is expanding my LC collection. So here it is. Started 5 Penis Envy, 2 Texas, Equidor, 2 Great White Monster and 2 Treasure Coast today. The TC was from a print Also made about 4 MS syringes of the TC to use up the print. The rest of these were from LC syringes that I got. (Thanks to the fellas for the goods, you know who you are) Used the Malt/Karo tek, I like it because it's easy to know if you got contams or not. One thing I have noticed no matter what my jars always build up a vaccum, no matter how loose I keep the jar rings. Anyway to prevent this from happening? I've just been releasing it but I always feel like using a syringe to release the pressure is a very easy way to get a contam. GB All set up ready to go Todays LC's These are some I started on the 19th. Alacabenzi, B+ and Cambo. The B+ has so many spores in it it looks purple, I have plenty of B+ so I wasn't shy with the spores. Alacabenzi was the first to blossom after about 4 days doing real good now few more days be about time to throw it in the fridge. The B+ just started growing couple days ago The cambo's going slow, no signs of contams so hopefully it shows some life soon if I'll hit them again and see how it goes. Hope you all enjoy, this is my first time ever doing a log so bear with me. If anyone has any constructive criticism feel free to chime in! Stay posted in the coming days I'll be adding some KSSS, and Burma Peace BIL
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