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  1. Ok, so I need some assistance. In the past I helped a friend with his cultivation and picked up some great tips and tricks along the way. Here I am 7 years later and I am starting up my own cultivation and experiments. So far I have crafted a glove box out of a clear, weatherproof tote that worked very well for the inoculation process. I have also designed and created an incubation chamber out of an ice chest, a reptile heating pad, and an on/off thermometer switch. It's working great and I am currently two weeks past inoculation with amazing and beautifully healthy mycelium. I've broken it up twice already (it's on grain spawn) but I think I will need to do this more often, the second time was fairly difficult to break up. Moving on to why I am posting this in the first place..... I have uploaded a picture here. It's a crude drawing on paint but I think it is fairly comprehensible. Basically I designed this fruiting chamber off some similar work I did with my buddy 7 years ago and wanted to run it past the minds on this board to see what you all think, and what could be improved. The idea here is that once I swap to my bulk sub (coco+verm) in a Sterilite 6qt. "shoebox" and it is fully inoculated I will place the box into the fruiting chamber (a larger Sterilite) and from there it should be pretty much automated until it's time to harvest. I'll have four of these fruiting chamber total to start, but there is one air pump and fogger for every two chambers, hence the drawing. Before you ask why the 4 chambers as opposed to one or two monotubs there are several reasons. One is space, this setup fits into my closet much nicer than the larger tubs. Second is quality, if there is an issue with one for any reason I can toss it and still have the others. Third is experimentation, this will allow me to try different subs at the same time on the same strains for a side-by-side comparison. Last is quantity, I can cultivate different stains at the same time or rotate them in a manner that allows for near constant harvesting if done properly. The airpump and fogger/mister are hooked up to the same power supply, which will be kicked on and off either by a timer or by a hydrometer placed inside one of the chambers for FAE and humidity. This way I can either use a timer to kick on the automated FAE several times a day or set the hydrometer to something like 100% humidity which will kick on when it drops below that. Whether or not to go with a timer or a hydrometer is one thing I would like to answer here with your help. The fogger/mister water will likely have about a cap full of hydrogen peroxide just to help cut down on any possible contams. The air from the pump will be fed into the fogger/mister pot and will in turn feed the humidified air from there into the fruiting chambers. The 6qt. "shoebox" will be raised off the floor of the fruiting chamber, this should allow the CO2 to sink to the bottom of the chamber and be expelled through a one-way valve whenever the airpump/fogger/FAE system kicks on. So, thoughts? Critiques? Wanna tell me how stupid this is? Or is it brilliant? Kinda piecing it together from memory of when I helped my buddy as well as some modification from my own thoughts. His setup worked great so I know something like this is doable...... well?
  2. Hi guys I’m a noob 🤪 was wondering if things looked okay... let me know what you think
  3. I’ve got a 64qt tub with 4in of pasteurized coco/Verm and colonized grain spawn. Been about two weeks and it is looking good. I’ve kept it in the dark the entire time and opened the lid a few times to let fresh air in but I’ve been leaving the lid on 99% of the time. I believe I’m ready to start fruiting though it’s not 100% colonized.. will add a pic later today When it comes to fruiting is it as easy as cracking the lid and adding light, 12on 12off??
  4. Hello shroomers, day 14, golden teachers, I have here what after doing some research, looks to appear to be overlay, I have made other threads of this mono and people say it looks okay and should pin and my humidity is high and maybe not enough FAE. But im worries it is getting to much FAE as the cake is slowly shrinking, pulling from the sides. It's been about 2 weeks since spawn with no signs of any pins. Anyone have suggestions ?
  5. Today I took my first peek at my bulk spawn, need some imput please. Bulk: 33% field hpoo- properly aged,33% course verm, 33% coir ( 10% gypsum and lime as needed) 60qt tubs, 6 -1 3/4" holes,( 4 sub level, 2 up top on ends), all holes sealed with packing tape, and bulk covered with foil, 8-10 small holes in foil with micropore tape. Lids on, but not latched, fair good fitting lid, Kept at a constant 78, with rye jars. These are my first 2 tubs, first and only time I have peeked. Tubs will be cased, then put directly into fruiting. Photo 1: Treasure Coast, been bulk spawning for 10 days. Very little myc on top. Moisture seems good, visually. No visible contam, but seems very slow. Should any patch work be done? Thoughts or advice? Overall the Treasure Coast was slower colonizing the rye jars, perhaps a week longer then all my other current strains. Perhaps it's inheritantly slow? Photo 2: Golden Teacher, spawning bulk for 7 days, much more advanced then the 10 day tub, photo 1. No visible signs of contams, moisture looks good, sealed tub as well. Overall, I'm pleased by the looks. Thoughts, any immediate steps? Only difference in prep is tub 1, the slow one, sub was pastuerized, second tub sterilized. Wanted to test before I picked one method. Going with sub sterilization, just easier over all, and seems like faster spawn rate. Thanks!
  6. I am going to pasturize my first bulk sub today and have questions about ph. I was going to keep all of this in my grow log but it has taken so long that it was arcived and closed, so it is dead and incomplete. 1) I am doing mushzombie monotub tek and decided on hpoo sub. I am using 5 quarts hpoo and 3 quarts straw and a small hand full of gypsum. My question is... Can I proceed without checking the ph level? I did not pasteurize yet and have dry ingredient ready to add water to field capacity. 2) Do you think I should layer spawn in or mix it in real good?
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