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  1. Hello fellow shroomology members! This is a grow log for my first attempt at cultivation. I will be following the "MZ" Monotub Tek as well as his NO FAIL WBS tek. My strain of choice is PC Ecuador, as i have read that it is one of the more reccomended strains to start with, as well as a personal preference as the first grower I met also started with PC Ecuador. Pictured below is my DIY Incubation/fruiting chamber that will serve as my climate control ecosystem. Spore Syringes arrive in 3 days and I have all of the exact equipment and much of the knowledge necessary to make this a success! (Mu
  2. Is this jar ready to go? It seems to be getting some yellowish condensation. Is this myc piss I have read about? I'm wondering if the last few grains will be engulfed or if they are stuck to the side of the jar to much. The top two thirds of the jar has begun to shrink away from the sides. It is hard wheat berries with golden teacher strain. All pics of the same jar fyi
  3. Would spawn plugs work in a sterilize wheat grain to produce a good grain spawn for adding to the bulk substrate. I was going to inoculate logs with them but decided not this year. (Shitake plugs) I'm fairly new to this, and tried finding info on this but turned up nothing. And know I could buy the premade grain spawn to add to my bulk substrate material. But thought I would try this. Just finished a dozen quart jars of wheat grain with tyvek and holes throu lids in the p.c. any info would be great. Thanks.
  4. I did my first grain to grain transfers recently and looking for some expertise on the progress. The first 4 pics are the first batch done 8 days ago. Fyi the mycelium in the last 3 jars is not as white and fluffy as it appears in the photos. The next set was done just 3 days ago. Any thoughts on why some is nice and fluffy and white and others have not seemed to start regrowing? Also should I re-shake any of these?
  5. I have 4 jars of wbs that I let sit for a few days. Ive been too busy and haven't had much time recently but I planned on doing g2g today of penis envy uncut and noticed this brownish/red color on the micropore tape filters. Is this a red flag? I’ve had success and failure in the past but Ive noticed this on my contaminated jars in the past. Is micropore tape an ineffective filter or is there a problem with my tek/cleanliness
  6. I sometimes peruse the good old patent office in the mycology section for new ideas and lo and behold loooookie here! https://patents.justia.com/patent/20180000013 If you don’t want to view off site I’ll summarize as basically a combination of preferably 5, with max results using a combination of I believe 8 different seeds!!!Now I’m now sure of cost effectiveness of this model but what do Yal think the yields are increasing from this new model???I plan on conducting some tests very very soon actually have first ingredients ordered already!
  7. Inoculated some jars about 20 days ago. They’ve taken off at different rates, so I’ve shaken them at different times. 3 of my jars were shaken 12 days into initial inoculation. These pics are a week after the shake (day 20). I used the 6qt dub tub mist and fan tek which is a ‘no-fail tek” due to the 1/4 cup of vermiculite placed at the bottom (I’ve added the link to this post in case anyone is curious). Shaking really distributed the verm all throughout the jars. I fear that the verm is getting in the way of my mycelium growth and I can’t completely tell if my jars are ready to be birthed. Any
  8. Sassenach

    7/4 Harvest.

    Happy 4th everyone!
  9. After mixing together a bunch of wbs jars with substrate,I underestimated how much it would make, I've been trying to do away with the big monotubs because it's hard to hide so I've been doing bags ,well I ran out of spawn bags so i put the remainder of my spawn in 4 one gallon ziplock bags that i cut a hole in and taped tyvlek to. The problem is the substrate is 4 inches thick in these one gallon bags . I let them colonize for 12 days, during the spawn run the mycelium went nuts , it even grew through the tyvlek patch , its strong and healthy looking growing up the sides of the bags , an
  10. Please tell me what you know. If you need more pics I can take more. I spawned on the 19th of April. Should have more than 2 pins
  11. Here are a few pics of the first pins. They popped up this morning, only problem is I only see these 2 . Im sure with time more will come but I thought they would all come up at once for some reason. Any tips on getting a even pinset? My tub is dialed in I believe .
  12. Hello there, I am new to this whole growing mushrooms thing and was wondering if I dont use the whole 6 lb bag of grain spawn can I reseal it and use the rest at a later date? Or is it a use the whole thing at once kind of thing? I have a flow hood where we do all of our sterile work in front of and plan on doing the inoculating in front of it.
  13. Good Evening Folks, I'll try to be brief: This is the first grow i've ever attempted, and up until about a week ago I thought I was doing fine. No contams, proper spawning appearance, etc., but I messed up folks. I didn't follow the tek to the letter (apologies to Mush), and I think in doing that I messed up my sub. Hoping that advice here can help me at least salvage the work, as I know it is a viable sub and should be able to fruit. So far: grain spawn from LC, mixed with 80/20 Coir/Verm substrate, no casing layer. I didn't really tamp down the surface with the back of my hand when I
  14. I'm starting from spores using a WBS tek, haven't started yet. I am planning on doing a monotub. I have 3 syringes, all different strains, 10mL each. I read that it's 3-4mL of spore liquid for every 1 quart jar, so one syringe will make 2-3 jars. However, most monotub teks I've read call for 6 quarts of spawn. I'm not sure what the consensus is on mixing strains. So should I make 3 jars of one strain and 3 of another then mix them in the same tub (after g2g of course)? Or should I split the substrate in two and mix with the two strains individually and make each half of the tub its own strain?
  15. So I'm currently in the process of trying to grow my first batch of Golden Teachers. I did quite a bit of research but not enough i dont think. Also, it seems like everyone has their own style and technique. I will write out everything I've done up to this point and add pics in the end. Please let me know where I messed up. 1. I got sterilized grain bags and injected the spores into them 2. after about a week they were almost completely white so I decided it was time to mix it with the substrate in a monotub I made from youtube using 8 1.5" holes with polyfill and lined with black co
  16. Hello, I've tried to post previously but my posts weren't approved for some reason. I really need help. I innoculate 2 3lb multigrain spawn bags with Thai Tantric spores. The grain, not all of it, but enough to get me worried, turned black.im getting growth, healthy white, but I've done a few bags and never seen grain turn black. I've never used this strain before so I'm clueless. Moderators please approve this as I need guidance. I'm going to see how it plays out but I don't want contaminated or dangerous growth. I can post pictures but not going to take the time if this isn't approved.
  17. Alright so I've never seen or read anything like this happening before. I want to make this clear I have no idea. I don't want to come off sounding like I think I'm special or that this is the first time this has ever happened. So now to my question. Is this possible? I spawned rye to pure coir 2 days ago. I have so many trays and mini monos going on that I ran out of bins to use. Soooooo.... I know this might sound weird or unwise which I would agree with you but I did it anyway. I had this Quaker oats 42 oz "tub". If you have seen the type of thing protein powder or creatine comes in
  18. Hi All! First post here. Excited to join the community, albeit a little nervous about online security. Anyhow, I'm currently fruiting a monotub and I have a couple jars of leftover WBS spawn. What should I do with them? I'm a little curious if they'd colonize in my backyard, but I'm open to any ideas!
  19. Moving into bulk using Rye and I've seen reference, not on here, about adding a cup of liquid coffee to the grain soak and 10 minute boil to increase the Ph of the grain. Is this a good idea or not? I've seen references to using spent coffee grounds in the substrate to maintain the substrate Ph level to 7.5-8 prior to mixing spawn to substrate. I've also seen lime being used to raise the substrate Ph. Would the same result be obtained by using a small amount of pickling lime to the grain soak and boil part of the tek? If so what would be the recommended amount? Don't want to screw u
  20. Prior WBS grain success. Interested in learning of stronger strains with using WBS grain?
  21. Cjames5589

    First rodeo

    These are the first jars I’ve ever made.. First bags as well.. new to this site but it looks cool. If anyone can see anything wrong with what I’ve got going on please let me know.
  22. So about mid december i inoculated two grain bags. One contaminated while the other colonized with no issues. I broke up the bag and waited so it colonized again and mixed with bulk substrate on February 7. The substrate has colonized and I’ve been misting and introducing a schedule for light since February 17 but I don’t see any primordia. Am I doing something wrong?
  23. Shroom_Room

    Upright Freezer Incubator

    So guys I have a dream which I plan on starting on soon and I will add pics to follow. I have came across a rather large upright freezer it is an older style with the cooling tubes running through ever single rack. This being said I want to use this freezer as a giant incubator for all my grains and trays I'm going to do this using a 300 watt fish tank heater and water pump to pump warm water through coils above and below every rack to ensure even temps. I'm also later on going to be using air pump to pump in fresh filter air in the top for gas exchange which will go out the drain in the botto
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