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  1. Hello everyone! For the last few months I've been doing lots of reading on the effects and benefits of using psilocybin mushrooms and have decided I would give it a try. I have never had a real psychedelic experience unless you count a couple high dose cannabis edibles that sent me way beyond any place I have ever been. Without having friends who used psychedelic mushrooms I had no way of acquiring the mushrooms and with 2 feet of snow on the ground foraging was totally out of the question… I also have zero experience with picking wild edibles so I knew this wasn't an option. Anyway, I decided to grow my own and this is where I'm at. I'm currently in the middle of my first attempt at growing my own mushrooms using the PF tek method with BRF cakes and a FC. So far I've had luck with all 10 cakes colonizing their jars without contamination. All 10 jars are at least 80% colonized or more… but variably so. They have been colonizing for 18 days at 71F with indirect sunlight coming through a window. The pictures are present time. Here is my plan of attack. Once the jars are fully colonized I'll let them sit for another week so they can really take hold of the substrate. Then I'll birth them and soak for 24 hours. I have a FC where I'll use 4-5 inches of perlite and the cakes will sit on top of a small piece of tin foil. This is the point where I'm not quite sure what works best or what should be done and when. Once in the FC should I drop the temperature? I've seen some people say 68F is ideal while other people make no mention of temperature. What do I do if the cakes do not colonize at the same rate? Do I wait until they are all fully colonized or birth them as they become ready? Once they are in the FC do I mist the perlite, walls, and the cakes… or only the perlite and walls? Also, how much do I mist each time? I plan on misting and fanning 2-3x/day. I'm not even really sure what I'm looking for when fanning to be honest. Seems like most people fan for 90 seconds to 2 minutes so I guess I'll follow suit. Last question that I have at this time is how do I go about picking? If a cake has some that are ready to pick and some that are not do I pick the entire cake or only the ones that are ready? I'm super stoked and will update too often!
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