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  1. I'm working on my first grow. I have some cakes that are filling in right now, and I have them at about 80 degrees using a root warming pad. The air temperature right now is in the high 60's low 70's because it's winter now, so when I want to start these fruiting, I just need to take them out of where they are and put them pretty much anywhere else and the temperature will be perfect, I think. But what happens in a few months when summer comes, and it is consistently 80 to 90 degrees? How do you go about getting them into the cooler fruiting temperature? I don't want to run an A/C unit, not even a portable one, just for these guys! Please advise...
  2. Tale of two monos

    whats up, wanted to share these fruiting tubs and get any comments or advice since my last two tammed (for a few reasons but nonetheless). For the curious the substrate is 7QTS Vermiculite, 6 QTS Poo 4 QTS coir(1/2brick) 2 QTS coffee like a cup of gypsum. 6Qts spawn. 3tsp lime. first tub was in colonization 11 days the second for 10. heres pictures from when I took it out and post casing with 50/50+ ph per MZ tek. I’m also including some outside pics of the tubs. You can see the rings of “air exchange?” around the holes but every time I pop the probe into either they read 99%. First tubs holes are 1”x1” the seconds are 1.5”x1.5” They just came out last night 2/10 but @Mush Zombie says cased subs should ideally be between 70-85% RH so should I try to up the FAE by opening the holes all the way/less poly? Or let continue as is, I’m guessing it’s high as f because the sub Ietting it all loose lol
  3. Help!! Mold?

    Please help! Shrooms are pinning nicely, but now I'm getting the dreaded stuff that looks like mold. I assume this is more than bruising. Should I be concerned? Should I toss everything? Are the shrooms salvageable?
  4. Hello! I'm a noob here with just a couple posts, and this is my first grow. Seems like this took years LOL! To recap, my first issue was grain spawn progress getting stuck, which turned out to be because I had omitted Tyvek on my jars. Once it was pointed out to me that the myc was suffocating, I took a chance and poked through the silicone seal and hoped for the best. Out of seven jars I did this to, two became obviously contaminated. I dug a hole in the backyard, threw an old log into it and poured the tammed jars in and buried, hoping for a surprise later. Bottom line, don't skip the Tyvek! Next, I took my five remaining jars and put each in a 6qt tub with coir, mixed it all up, made sure the surface was even but not packed, covered each with foil and put back in the incubator to spawn. Problem was, since my grain got stuck earlier, I was now running into the holidays with a planned trip. So after 14 days in the incubator (and right before my holiday trip), on the advice of @Mushinist (THANK YOU!) I opened them up for casing, intending to case and put back into the incubator for 4 more days until I returned. Opening each up I only had one of them tammed, it was also planted in the backyard with a log and a prayer. The remaining four looked healthy. I didn't say they looked good. I think that my sub was a little too moist, and it was unevenly moist -- I had PC'ed it in a bag, and a lot of the moisture had pooled in the lower part of the bag, so getting the field capacity right was difficult. I wasn't off enough to kill it, but the surface of two tubs were very moist and it seemed like the more moisture there was the more uneven it got. Anyway, I cased the four tubs with the 50/50+ recipe using peat and verm and put them in the incubator until I returned from my holiday trip. A note on the casing: it was difficult for me to measure the peat as a volume measurement as per the recipe. I mean, the stuff is not dense. Are you supposed to mash it down? If so how much? What about all the stems and sticks? It seemed like after PCing the verm turned to mud with metallic flecks and the peat just disappeared, so my casing was more verm than anything. It still worked though, with some difficulties I will point out in a minute. Cracking open the incubator, things still looked good (i.e., no tam!) but some of the myc had just partied on the casing layer so everything was even more uneven. I dropped the temp to 68-ish and began fanning and misting. Soon I had pins (pencil is only for size reference, not pointing at anything). Then I had some mushies coming up. This was really just amazing to watch as a first-timer. Before I knew it, it was time to harvest. In each tub, some fruit was ready earlier than others, a lot earlier. I ended up picking those that had dropped the veil and were starting to drop spores, and fanned and misted the others to harvest no more than 12-14 hours later. This seemed to work pretty well as it gave the smaller fruits more time to grow and bulk up, which they did. Now here is where I had some trouble with the casing. I don't know if this is just part of the harvest for everyone, but the areas of myc that had broken through the casing tended to grow multiple stems on the same base, and these were difficult to get out -- the shrooms that had grown individually were relatively easy to twist and rock out, but the multiples always brought a good chuck of myc with them. Moreover, since the casing layer was heavy on the verm, the bases had these little paper-thin metallic verm flecks that were super hard to clean off. So much so that I really want to avoid verm as a casing material if possible! I got a toothbrush and cleaned them up as much as possible, but it was not a good time and I ended up just cutting a lot of it off. This photo shows what I'm talking about. Very messy. I don't have a digital scale (yet), but a kitchen scale showed yields (fresh) of about 14oz per tub, which at this point seems like a lifetime supply of medicine! (And in the meantime, trying to refine my technique I started another 7 jars. They are looking amazing, ready to move to tubs in a few days, but my timing once again is off because I have more flushes on this first grow to go...). I think I need to try some edibles or something so I can keep growing. Anyway, here is one final picture for you, cracker dry: Any pointers are appreciated. Thanks so mush for all your help!
  5. It is time to fruit... I think ?

    Hello everyone, I am a first timer to this forum and into growing. And I am running this project as a "trial and error"-project, so there might be a few things Ive missed to do, and there probably were a few things I didnt do in the most efficient way I hope with your experience and knowledge we can get this tub fruitin'. With the help of the book "The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible" to created 2 Monotubs. The way the Monotub is created is kinda like here: The monotub with the sticker on it has a lower depth than the other one. Unfortunately I missed the part, where I needed to put a foil on top the substrate + spwan mix in the beginning. So the monotubs were chilling like in the pictures. The colonization period until now has been 8-9 days. Here are some pictures from the inside: The room temperature here was between 18-20 Celsius (about 65-69 F). Its winter here, so its damn cold outside and since in this room there is only a underfloor heating system, it is very hard to aim a good temperature. And its really expensive to aim temperatures above 70 F. Is that a problem? I am wondering, what you guys would to at this point? How do I get everything into good fruiting conditions? Since there was no foil on the substrate it since the beginning, the monotubs were having constant light. I was reading in the book, that a casing layer is not necessary. I was reading in the forum different things about casing layers, so thats one point I need to make a decision. Also.... the monotubs are designed for casing layers, right? I think I would try to do it without a casing layer the first time, but what do I know... If there are anything I missed you guys need to know in order to help here, let me know. I am really grateful for this forum and your help, cheers!
  6. This is my first grow and this is what I have going on. I want to go to Peru in January and I have no one to look after mushrooms. I have 3 bags that I soaked on nov 27th and rolled in verm. Not sure when I will have mushrooms. Probably soon and then I inoculated 12 half pint jars. So I am thinking a couple of more weeks until they are colonized and then a week later for full colonization. On the 3 bags is there a way maybe after the first flush I can delay fruiting again by not soaking bc I don’t want them growing when I won’t have anyone to water or fan. I really could use some help. Could someone answer this question for me since I would love to go to Peru but will not if I lose mushrooms and all that time and hard work will go down the drain. Thanks so much. I can’t find any answers on this.
  7. Fun day. First experience with Amazonian and Huaulta. Amazonian is a beefy strain. Stalks seem super dense, thick and caps a perfect dome, mesmerizing cap color, some stalks bi- colored. Overall, a very fast, agressive colonizer. 60qt tubs with 6 qts of spawn to 16qts sub, conlonized in 7 days. Farm aged Hpoo, coir, verm, gypsum, dash of lime. First flush just getting going, these are the anxious ones, some of the cut ones were dedicated to clone work and a few harvested for enjoyment. Second pic, Huaulta. Like to call these guys " chubsters" I sectored these on agar from MS syringe, guess I chose the short and fat sector, pin set is outstanding. Again, just the anxious ones, got harvested. Very meaty as well, waiting to see the results when dried. Picked 3 for tissue samples as well, a few days ago. Weighing in at 10-11g ea, wet, only 3" tall. All 4" sub, 1/2" casing right before fruiting. Working on Puerto Rican, PE, And Treasure Coast now as well. Spores germinated on agar, on 2nd sectoring plate now. Keep on growing!
  8. First grow, first tub, 2nd flush GT, 60 qt.
  9. Ok, this is my first time and I used the 6 quart and grain spawn tek. I have put the casing on and have been proving indirect sunlight for a couple hours a day and kept the temperature around 72 f. I have been misting and fanning several times a day and seem to be following the tek. Yesterday I noticed several white spots as if the (cultivation), hope this is the correct term, has begun on the casing. I read another tek from another web site and they state that after applying the casing I should place in a warm, dark place for 3 to 7 days to allow the cultivation to occur on the casing and then move to fruiting conditions. However, this tek does not mention that step and shows no white on the casing when pins begin to set. Am I still good to continue and what do you recommend?
  10. Sorry about the bad pics. My iPad 3 isn't that great.... I dunked them for 12hrs in distilled h2o after birthing, then rolled them in 50/50 peat moss/verm. 5 days after getting them in the FC, I'm getting pins and other white blobs which I assume are clusters of primordia. I'm misting & fanning 3x a day. The FC is near a window for light. I'm at 99% humidity and 73*. So far so good.👍🏾 I'll try and get some better pics
  11. Hello members of shroomology. 8 days ago i put my first 6qt tubs into fruiting conditions prior to that they were in spawn run for 7 days. 1/4in of 50/50+ casing was added (coarse verm was not used, i have it now but didnt then) temp was dropped from 80f to 70f, a light has been added, and im misting and fanning 3x a day. however no sign of pins 8 days in now. Though the tek does say 7-14 days so im probably being too ancy. however this spec of brown showed up two days ago on one of my tubs gonna keep a close eye. On these tubs i do not have a trash bag liner i thought the liner was to block light so i taped the outside with duct tape. Though now i realize my substrate is going to shrink from the sides of the wall leading to evaporation/side pins and that was the entire point of the trash bag. I am going to be putting some jars into 6 qts for spawn run later today and i will make sure to line those tubs. Instead of just taping the outside. here is what ive done so far this grow. I thought more people would be able to see/ hopefully answer my questions here though. 1. Does anyone have any suggestions on my fruiting setup am i doing something wrong? not enough holes in lid? 2. what kind of lid do i need? the pics using mushzombies 6qt tek vary greatly from no holes with poly fill, to a million holes. this is the pic from the tek in other forums i see a hole in each corner of the top and bottom lid filled with poly fill 3. Do i need to move my light closer? when growing plants you had to have the light close so the lumens would actually reach the plant. with a 2 bulbs of the CFL 6500k daylight type 18in or so away from the lids im reading <100 lumens at the TOP of the lids. so arent the mushrooms thinking they are in the dark all the time anyways? Here are some pics of my first 3 tubs i put into fruiting conditions 8 days ago. Two pics of the outside conditions maybe you guys can see if im doing something wrong. And here is whats going on inside... Absolutely nothing lol besides that spec of brown in one tub.
  12. So I have a mix of 4 cakes and 1 brick coir. I mist and fan daily, have a little cycle of 12/12. Am following all the teks. Wtf is going on? Why is there this green layer(not dark green)? Why are the pins so smol, and why aren't there more of them? FIRST GROW closeup Pictures from like 4-5 days ago
  13. Looks like water content is the least of my issues. I had five tubs 14 days into the mist & fan stage. Other than taking so long to pin everything was great. I was super careful, gloves all the time, alcohol on everything - including wiping down the fan. Then I changed my routine. I needed to spend less time tending to things so I set up an oscillating fan so I didn’t have to stand there holding a fan for 8 minutes. Trouble is I left the fan blowing for two hours (hey, I’m a busy guy!). The very next day every tub had green mold on the edges where the mycelium meets the black plastic at the top. I cut out massive hunks like trying to stop gangreen by cutting off my leg. Don’t know if these dudes will do anything other than grow more mold, but I have about two weeks before I have another batch in that stage. I need a better setup so I do less handling and have a more consistent process.
  14. Hi, everybody, new here. I’ll add a photo soon, can’t seem to do it from my phone. I have 5 tubs that are in the “mist and fan” stage of the DubTub Tek. They seem to be doing alright about 12 days in with no pins yet, but mycelium is creeping out around the edges so it seems healthy. My question is about the amount of water used in misting. Every spray bottle will be different and I thought mine was spraying so fine that I needed to get 10-15 pumps on each tub surface. I think I’m overdoing it, so I started weighing a few of the tubs. They are all about 3 1/2 to 4 pounds. I found that in two days they would all gain about an ounce. I think that is not a good thing, so I started drying them by fanning 3-4 times a day with very little to no misting. They are all losing a little weight (about an ounce in 4 days), still incubating at 100% humidity and the surface is still wet so my question (finally) is this: Has anyone tracked the weight of their tubs and does it seem like a good, non intrusive way to monitor health of the grow?
  15. I started in a grow bag but ended up transferring it to a foam cooler. It’s colonized now, and the substrate is moist. I have it in a covered container that light can get through, but it won’t seem to fruit. Need help!
  16. Hey guys. So I'm getting to the fruiting stage on one of them and I was wonder what kind of fogger and humidifier to get. Also, how what kind of light should I get. I have a mini green house and i figures that some LED strips would do the trick. Thanks
  17. Long time lurker, first post. Spawned to Z-Tub 2 days ago and it seems that I’m getting little tiny hyphal knots all over the substrate which I presume is good. Dialing in the Z tub I think may be my issue. There was a fine mist The day before on the walls of the chamber. Came back to find the walls halfway dry. Missed the sub very very lightly to see beads on surface and touched up the walls again. Came back (work 10 1/2hr per day) to find that the walls were halfway dry again and substrate sucked up the moisture or it simply evaporated off. Just wanting to know also if I should mist the tub again or if it’s where i don’t actually have “indirect” sunlight and actual sunlight, or if the walls being dry really doesn’t matter. Malala I didn’t have time to order a light (can’t find any in store) due to such short notice and low funds lol.
  18. Hey Everyone, Thanks so much for all the great info. Made my first ever grow super easy and looking forward to many more. I have a couple questions and I'm hoping someone can answer. Really any insight or info will help! Questions correspond with the pics accordingly. 1) I included a pic of my first flush of PE mushrooms. Is it normal for them to all grow on top of each other like that? Any glaring problems or things that look like I could have done better (ie more FAE, less humidity, more light, etc..) 2) See how some of the shrooms have dark blue stamen.. Are those okay to eat? I think I know what happened, but could be wrong. I left them out in direct sunlight for a couple hours, also in a room that got down to 60F. Came home and they were all shriveled up.. some of my biggest so far too. 3) Some of the shrooms had these busted caps. I read this was can be caused by lack of light (hence why I put in direct light.. I know, stupid impatient mistake). Are they okay to eat? Is that in fact the case? Any other info would be greatly appreciated! Just want to learn as much as possible before my next grow.
  19. So I've recently fell in love with this mycology adventure a few months ago. I got my hands on spores, inoculated 4 jars immediately, all 4 succeeded- no contam, everything went the way it was suppose to. after a long time waiting I threw them into a ghetto FC once one jar started pinning. And it was a success! Didn't harvest ounces but it was enough for me... But this was while living with my gf...we no longer live together.... now that I moved in with my buddy I grabbed my ghetto FC and some more spores and idk wtf happened but I've been having the worst luck The first pic is from the first grow/ obv the second pic is this sad lonely cake and I'm hoping I can get a few lil mushies help me out!
  20. Im leaving for a week and I was wondering how long I leave my tubs alone. I dont have anyone to check on them, and I cant take them where I am going. It is the second flush. I would like to keep them going but dont want them rotting while im gone. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!
  21. Hello, so this is my first try and cultivation and I'm worried something is wrong. About two days ago my monotub started producing these white puff balls? I don't know what it is I'm hoping it is something I can fix if it's not good. It's my first grow and I'm hoping I can produce something. I spawned on popcorn
  22. AM I CONTAMINATED?

    Im new to this and im taking over somebody elses work. I need to know which need to be thrown away, which i can g2g transfer, and which must be put into toats. two of these have what appears to be fruiting within the jars, is it too late to put into tubs? ideally i want to g2g transfer as many as possible.
  23. Possible mold?

    Hi so I started fruiting my penis envy A+albinos a week ago and I noticed some of the caps look strange and there is a white fuzziness at the base of the mushrooms. Is that mold? are they still healthy? This is my first grow, can someone clarify what is going on with these guys?
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    Colombian (photos) and B+ cubensis bulked to coco coir/verm/gypsum. After birthing, BRF cakes (brown rice flour cakes - see PF Tek) were left for 2 days in clean water with some gympsum added and then layered with coco coir in small circular plastic pots that can be easily added or taken out of the fruiting chamber as required. My new fruiting chamber is an aquarium with a 6500k grow light. I lined the bottom with prepared perlite and placed a bucket of bottle water in the chamber with fish tank ceramic buublers to increase the humidity and provide FAE (Frequent Air Exchange) There is an air pump pushing air through the ceramic bubblers which can be bought at any decently stocked pet shop. I currently have 8 pots in the tank with another 10 on the way. Second ever grow and its already much improved over the first thanks to SHROOMOLOGY. I will write a detailed tek in full for the third if anyone is interested.
  25. I'll start by providing a little background. this is not my first grow but im still a newb, maybe a dozen grows under my belt. the trays are 12qt. i spawned 3qt of wbs to 6qt of coir/verm and some gypsum. when they were ready i cased with a half inch of 50/50+ and fruited. my humidity runs 80 or so and sometimes it dips low overnight. i mist and fan 3 to 4 times a day. the pins are covered in what looks like mycelium. if i touch it it goes away leaving a normal brown cap. these are pe so i expect odd but this is the second time ive seen this, whats up?
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