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  1. Hi, I'm using the PF tek for the Golden Teacher and I happened to get this on one of my cakes. (see pictures) I've isolated it because at that point, the color was kinda subtle and I wasn't even sure if there was a definite color. The plan was to isolate it and see the evolution. But I forgot to take care of it (no water or anything)... and in spite of this, the purple-ish color became definitely purple. Even though it is beautiful, am I looking at the infamous purple mold that can trigger meningitis? Is someone able to tell me what is it exactly please? Thanks
  2. MagicalCriminal

    GT, tammed out

  3. Hey guys, can anyone tell me wether this is contamination or psylocibin? The cake was totally white while birthing and i boiled the water (let it cool ofc) before birthing. Thanks everyone!
  4. Rykan1408

    Contaminated?

    Hello Everyone, I hope this post is in the correct section of the forums, but given this is my first post I'm not %100 sure. If not I'll happily create a new thread in the correct area if someone would kindly direct me to said area. With that out of the way I come to you seeking aid. This is my first attempt at cultivating mushrooms, and I have one jar that's developed a dark discoloration at the very top of the cake. It appeared about a week ago and has slowly claimed the upper 1/5th of the cake. I can't tell if it's contamination, dead mycelium, or natural discoloration of the mycelium. I don't know if it'll help, but the strain is KSSS, and the cake is ready to be birthed. On that note if the cake is contaminated would it be possible to sacrifice the upper 1/4th of the cake to save the rest? The discoloration stopped spreading several days ago, and is hopefully isolated to that one area. Thank you for your time, -Rykan1408
  5. basidium_equilibrium

    My Goliath Golden Teacher

    Okay, so heres some quick back story on my Goliath GT that was 137 gram wet mushroom with a 7inch cap. I've been growing for about a year and posting photos and stories on another platform. This past August I had a flush of golden teacher that produced only a handful of mushrooms on its first flush one of which was 137 g. I watched this mushroom grow over the course of a few days very carefully. I immediately realized that the pin of this mushroom was absolutely huge. I let them mushroom Grow and fully mature. The day I harvested it, I quickly noticed a small patch of contamination on the backside of the cake. So for the sake of conversation and or debate over how the environment in which your mycelium is growing will affect the results when you end up with very large mushrooms. over the course of the last year of this is one of the only times we're heading small number of mushrooms on a first flush and also immediately after harvesting had contaminations showing their ugly faces. The contamination spot was about the size of a dime and was trich. Attached are some photos of the mushroom after harvesting. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts and feedback if any of you have ever had the same situation happened to you. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ
  6. bigplantsgrow

    Spider web? Contamination

    I've got a small patch of what might be spider web fungus. Can anyone confirm from the photo? Is hydrogen peroxide effective at getting rid of it?
  7. I have to small monotubs setup and they seem to be going strong as far as colonization. However I opened them up today and noticed an off smell, somewhat like plastic. The mycelium seems to be quite strong. I also notice a little pooling of brownish liquid on the tops, which I've read could be mycelial metabolites. This is my first monotub test, so I dont know what to expect. I am attaching a photo of each tub. Only one has the brownish water. Below is a description of my methods. Any advice on the smell or pooling of brown liquid would be appreciated. -Wheat berry grain spawn jars (with some coffee added) were fully colonized. I have since started more jars from the originals with no signs of contamination. Pressure cooker sterilized. -Coco substrate, boiling water on top to hydrate. -Spawn to substrate ratio was 1:2 -Monotubs were colonized for 10 days with micropore tape over 2 inch holes.
  8. PsillyHenryD8th

    Contaminated? Or edible sacrament?

    Do these look okay, or are any contaminations present? Second flush, been in fruiting conditions for exactly 4 weeks. Got a decent first flush, a few mushies grew like this in different spots, so I flipped the whole cake/substrate and got these guys hence the divide in the middle, safe to dry/eat?
  9. The shroom Todd

    Contamination or not ? help ...

    Hey Guys, First post here even if I have been active here for 5 months. I learned everything from this forum and thanks for that. I started by doing cakes and switched to the "Rez effect reloaded" by Mush Zombie and I was doing great until now... I face a problem I can't fix up... so I would need your advices please. I don't know if it s contaminated, or it s just bruise-y because to much fan .... what do you think ? Of course we can't say it s an healthy tub. I have changed 2 things : - the location from my living room with high ceiling, natural light to a "closed room" where I guess the air doesn't move that much... - I pocked more holes around my tub I didn't take a picture before but 2 days ago, the blue "part" was less than that Thanks in advance for your help
  10. Hi, I've inoculated Penis envy (PE) in november. First time grower. Cakes were ordered from a popular website (I will do mine next time, but for the sake of giving you the most accurate information) Spores were ordered from a liable source. Light : I gave them light, didn't go for the total darkness for weeks. Something around 12/12, or maybe 10 light, 14 darkness. Temperature : 20 Celsius only for the main part. (68-70 F) Didn't want to put a heating mat under it for different reasons. Took them about 8 weeks to fully colonize and then I got some weird looking mycelium. I know that PE can do blobs, but I can't find any solid information about it, especially on cakes. Smell : When i opened the jar, no smell. After adding some water to get it out more easily, the characteristic mushroom smell came to my nose. Hooray! Am I ok with my thinking "If it quacks like a duck, walk like a duck but smell Psilocibe mushroom, then it is a mushroom" ? Dunking : 20-24h each cake Chamber : made a shotgun chamber with perlite Blobs : I kept a few, dried it and stored it, waiting for any knowledgeable input The others are still on the cakes. A few of them overnight became oddly blue... :/ As we speak, the weirdest jars and/or incomplete colonization are still waiting patiently. Didn't want to put them in the same SG chamber. I have a few things that remain unclear to me : 1) what can I possibly do with a stalled jar ? (I know that I should use with mouth mason jars btw, bought some for the next experimentation) 2) What am I looking at ? Is it PE, could it be something else? What do I do with the blobs? 3) Do you consider blobs as mycelium or as mushrooms? I've read that a shocked mycellium can become blue temporarily, but what about a blob getting dark blue overnight? More pictures to follow soon (featuring dark blue color that came out.... out of the blue) badummm tssss Thanks for your help
  11. Hi, I've inoculated Penis envy (PE) in november. First time grower. Cakes were ordered from a popular website (I will do mine next time, but for the sake of giving you the most accurate information) Spores were ordered from a liable source. Light : I gave them light, didn't go for the total darkness for weeks. Something around 12/12, or maybe 10 light, 14 darkness. Temperature : 20 Celsius only for the main part. (68-70 F) Didn't want to put a heating mat under it for different reasons. Took them about 8 weeks to fully colonize and then I got some weird looking mycelium. I know that PE can do blobs, but I can't find any solid information about it, especially on cakes. Smell : When i opened the jar, no smell. After adding some water to get it out more easily, the characteristic mushroom smell came to my nose. Hooray! Am I ok with my thinking "If it quacks like a duck, walk like a duck but smell Psilocibe mushroom, then it is a mushroom" ? Dunking : 20-24h each cake Chamber : made a shotgun chamber with perlite Blobs : I kept a few, dried it and stored it, waiting for any knowledgeable input The others are still on the cakes. A few of them overnight became oddly blue... :/ As we speak, the weirdest jars and/or incomplete colonization are still waiting patiently. Didn't want to put them in the same SG chamber. I have a few things that remain unclear to me : 1) what can I possibly do with a stalled jar ? (I know that I should use with mouth mason jars btw, bought some for the next experimentation) 2) What am I looking at ? Is it PE, could it be something else? What do I do with the blobs? 3) Do you consider blobs as mycelium or as mushrooms? I've read that a shocked mycellium can become blue temporarily, but what about a blob getting dark blue overnight? More pictures to follow soon (featuring dark blue color that came out.... out of the blue) badummm tssss Thanks for your help
  12. Tryptafanatic

    Possible contam?

    Hello all, first time poster, long time lurker. I am relatively new to the world of mycology and mycological cultivation. Ive run a few batches of basic brf pf cakes that went fairly decently and have been trying to branch into bulk sub, and was just trying to get some advice and further insight from the community. the rye bag has was colonizing fine but then after a few weeks pale greenish grey myc started coming in and i was wondering if anyone could identify it or has had something similar Also this green spot showed up on the bottom a few days ago. I know this bag is very likely a goner. I have dealt with the green stuff before (dont remember what its called). I was considering a g2g from the myc that was first to colonize because i know it is the myc i want and not a contaminant mold or fungus but i dont know if its worth it or if the contam has spread to it. Thoughts? Also pretty sure these jars are OK but wondering if anyone could tell me what is happening with them it would be appreciatedSorry for long post. Mush Love to all of you
  13. Toadfungus

    Is this contain or just from the rye

    Hey guys, first legit grow, got this about a day or two ago, 2-3 weeks into colonization. Wondering if this is contam and if so can it be saved.
  14. darkvoyager

    What the FUCK AM I DOING WRONG

    whats up, im pretty pissed because this first tub has contaminated on me AGAIN with trich in the corner and apparently I have uneven evaporation because I have a shit ton of side pins on pins on the bottom few one top. theres been plenty of FAE and humidity has constantly been over 80% AT LEAST in the cased sub. Tub 2 is on its 7th day and I all I see is rhino, humidity here is kept at 90%+ always because the holes up top are a little smaller. As long as humidity has been around those levels I've left the top holes more or less wide open. is Co2 levels affecting me? I'm starting to feel like im better off without a casing layer because this shit keeps contaminating on me. I'll admit I have misted the tubs lightly along the walls and lid sometimes and didnt fan right after, could this be why Im struggling? (I havent necessarily "set and forget " the tub, my casing layer starts to dry out and I get worried so I mist it. I had a successful grows before but I cant pin point wtf I did wrong. before I was getting cobweb and sporadic trich so I thought Upping my FAE would fix the problem, seems like it did more harm then good. temps have stayed around 72ish and my subs are about 4.5 inches thick. how high does my RH need to be for optimal pin formation, does casing layer need to remain moist throughout or should I just fucking ditch that shit.do I need to get a soil PH reader is that affecting me? am I not supposed to touch the mono tub AT ALL after I put it into FC? no air no mist no matter what assuming is moisture is right and tub is more or less dialed in. im pretty fucking blown. each one of these motherfuckers is weeks in the making tub 1 10 days into fruit Then tub 2 below 7 day into fruit thanks guys
  15. Aya

    Orange liquid in PF tek

    Hi all, I have two jars that have this orange liquid. I only saw it today. Yesterday all was good 1) fully colonized on 23-12-2018. On the 25th it was still fine. 2) fully colonized on 24-12-2-18. On the 25th it was still fine. I found two different comments on other forums when I was googling about contamination: A: Throw out the jar. Do not open is. Do not sterilize it. Some others say you can sterilize it B: Birth them now and wash away the orange liquid and it's good to go. Can anyone say if I can birth them. Also what are the risks if any at all? Love to hear from you. Thank you Kind regards, Aya
  16. Apex APE

    Penis Envy contam

    Growing a Mono tub of Penis envy and unsure if this is contaminated, as most of these yellow clusters which are few but still evident are troubling me. Also have a very small spot of fuzz which is possibly from humidity.
  17. Hello! I began fruiting 3 strains from wild bird seed cakes in a large glass aquarium about a week ago. The cakes are healthy, but the substrate in the bottom of the aquarium I used (wild bird seed with vermiculite casing) became contaminated with green mold three days ago. I suspect this happened due to improper sterilization of the substrate on my end. My question is, should I pull the cakes out and replace the substrate in the middle of the fruiting process? The cakes are not pinning yet, but were 100% colonized before going in. Temps are around 75, RH 75-70%, and a small fan circulates the air on a timer. Any advice on what to do would be appreciated.
  18. Aya

    Not sure if contaminated

    Hi, I am wondering what you think. It seems like I was just too late in harvesting? This morning they looked fine. Color was not off. When I got home I saw this black stuff. Was I just too late or is there something wrong? Thank you for helping out. Kind regards, Aya
  19. rachael47

    Is this lipstick mold?

    I have some jars that started out with black dots at the bottom of fully colonize substrate. I thought at first it was just clumped up spores. I watched them then they turned red and now it is a orange color. Can someone tell me if this is lipstick mold and what would be the best thing for me to do. Should I just throw them away or cut off the section before I put in fruiting chamber. I have attached pics for u guys. Thanks a bunch!!!
  20. I have been waiting for this batch of mushrooms to colonize for over a month now and still nothing! This happened on my last batch too, but I assumed that because I ordered them while it was 110 degrees out that the heat killed the spores... Would anyone be able to tell my what I could have done to keep my jars from colonizing? Also, would anyone be able to ID this contam? It's light green, and wanted to make sure on the type of contam so I know how to dispose of it...
  21. Before I start trying the tek I was reading I have 2 questions: How can i tell if my spores/mushrooms are contaminated? And If I don't have a pressure cooker what would be a good alternative to use? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  22. Hi, I inoculated 21 jars and four different types. 5 jars have contamination after about five days. All the same strain. Just curious if anybody has had a similar experience of multispores coming contaminated as all the other jars appear fine? Not blaming the supplier just looking for comfort, hahaha. thanks, Bo obviously doesnโ€™t know everything ๐Ÿ˜‚
  23. woodedholly

    Is this tammed?

    Does this look contaminated to you? I left it in innoculation a bit longer than normal and some parts look like it could be cobweb? Do i throw it out? Tia!
  24. DimensionalTraveler

    Pics

    I made the mistake of buying a spore syringe from another vendor. Not only was it extremely slow to ship but I think it was full of mold spores. It was Golden Teacher in case anyone has experience with that variety. I'm looking at these Jars and they all look like cobweb or something else. I Had PCed the empty jars, again once I added the BRF mix. The mycelium doesn't look right and is speeding oddly, jumping around the jar not branching and expanding. Im thinking cobweb. I could be wrong. I'm pretty new. Still working on the first set of jars I started a few weeks before these.
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