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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Rez Effect Contamination

    Followed the Rez Effect Bulk Tek. I started noticing discoloration after the incubation of the tub. No sign of contaminates in the jars or the tub right after incubation. After a couple days in fruiting is when it started showing up. 1. Salvageable or toss them? 2. Thoughts as to the cause? Should I have boiled the vermiculite before I added it to the colonized WBS? I have a batch about to come out of the incubation stage and would like to not mess this one up. Thanks in advance.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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!!!
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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˜‚
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. Is this contamination?

    Both jars are about 75% populated. For whatever reason a couple of the injection sites never got going so the mycelium had to work it's way around. The area in question is in between the areas of good-looking mycelium. It looks like cobweb or something potentially but I just wanted to check if I need to get rid of these two now.
  20. Help! Contamination 1st Grow

    I started my first grow about 11 days ago. I had four different varieties and used two different substrate types to see which I like best. Some in grain and some in vermiculite and brown rice flour. I had pressure cooked all of them prior to inoculation for an hour at 15 psi. I have a closet room in the basement that was five by five. I previously had painted it white and used it for herbal growing. Before I got started I sprayed everything down with bleach water. I was really bummed when I started seeing a decent amount of contamination. I've had green (trich), black, and cobweb contamination. All of them have been disposed of outside and then I pressure cook the empty jars. As soon as I noticed the contamination they were removed. At any rate I searched around my basement and found some black mold behind the baseboard trim. Whoever drywalled the basement put the drywall all the way down to the floor which wycked up any moisture. I moved my tub tub upstairs in hopes that I could save some of what was left. The coat closet it's currently in it's not ideal long-term. Basically what I need to know is a good way to seal that closet space off to help prevent any further contamination in the basement. I cut out the affected drywall and removed it. Unfortunately I probably disturbed the spores doing this and have potential billions in my basement now. What I need to know is, is there good way to make sure things are cleaned up without risking further growing? I was considering setting a petri dish out the room to see if anything naturally begins to grow. I plan to buy some concrobium to address any visible mold I find. I plan to spray solid surfaces down in bleach water. I also considered using the reflective mylar I have to basically tent off the room, sealing the corners with duct tape and even potentially leaving some hanging flaps in the doorway to make it more difficult when the door is open for contaminants to come in. Any recommendations?
  21. Growth on mushroom cap

    Three of my mushrooms have strange growths on their caps. Is this contamination or just disfigurement caused by somethijg else? The last picture is a mushroom that didnt grow upright and is turning a different color. Should i take that mushroom out?
  22. Cob web or myc?

    This is my first tub. I have four holes in the top lid and many little ones at sub levels. I put casing of verm on top of myc once it start3d pinning and taped the top lide to the bottom two days ago. There are white patches growing and since its my first time ibdont kniw if its normal or if its cob web and i need to spray with hydrogen peroxide. What does the white growths look like to you? Good? Bad?
  23. What the crap

    What's this orange crap? And that white fuzz wasn't there before. I found shrooms growing from these 2 cakes like this. Will the shrooms be ok?
  24. Is everything ok?

    3rd day into fruiting and my second bin looks like this. Is this cobweb mold or am I ok? No smells except good ole mycelium.
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