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  1. GT, tammed out

  2. 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 finished, i just wanted it mostly level and (I assumed) not at all packed. Where I think I messed up: It had been over 14 days and no pinning. No primordia, no signs, etc. I hadn't really taken off the top too much, so I decided to get a bottle of distilled water and spray the sides of the container as the RH sensor was showing 60% humidity. The temps this container was in weren't entirely stable, dropping to 66F at night, and sometimes (accidentally) 75 during a few days. I moved the bin from one room to the other (Another post tells me this likely caused it to bow in the center), and have kept temps stable between 69-71F. After the surface turned a bit whiter, I assumed the mist had helped...and misted the whole sub with distilled water. I looked in a few days later, and the sub had...pulled away from the sides. I did not use a trash bag. I then pushed lightly at the plastic bins' sides and slowly poured distilled water down each, and then spent 2-3 mins tilting it back and forth to try and get it to evenly absorb until there was no water seeping from side to side. This raised the RH in the chamber and made the sub smell like...what I remember mush tea smelling like. It started fruiting after this. I now know I shouldn't have moved it (or at least had something flat underneath when doing so), and i shouldn't have misted it at all. Should I also not have ever lifted the lid? The tek is simple, 54QT sterilite container no holes, lid just flipped over for FAE. I never fanned at all, just mixed the sub/spawn after getting sub to field capacity, and then put it in a closet. So now I can at least see I didn't "fail". There are fruiting bodies (I feared the LC was just not viable). It's further than I've ever gotten. But, they're only pinning at the sides, with no visible growth on top at all. What's worse, you can see the cracks in the sub? I set it onto a stool briefly while moving it (stupidly) and it bowed UP in the center briefly, cracking the sub. What can I do to save it? Is it too early to try and dunk/flush? I was thinking of: 1. Placing a trash bag/liner over the top, and flipping the container to pop out the sub layer and wrap the liner underneath. OR 2. Following another tek I saw here and spraying the top with my sink sprayer? then flushing it with bottles weighing down the sub, draining it after an hour. It's aggressively side-pinning, and I want to stop that energy waste and prevent contamination from the fruiting bodies rotting due to the collected moisture on the sides. Can i still fruit from this sub, or am I better off starting over? Thanks in advance, the forums really helped me kick all this into motion. I do wish I'd never wasted money on the BRF/Verm/small jars for the cakes, as the grain spawn was much easier to understand, but this entire process has been a fun experience and I can't wait to (eventually) get my first harvest.
  3. 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? Or I could do the previous option but in 2 separate half-sized tubs. What do you guys think?
  4. 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 contractor back. 3. For substrate I boiled vermiculite and Coco quire and mixed them together after they had cooled of and soaked to the right amount, where if you squeeze it drips a small stream. 4. I broke apart all the grain from the colonized bags and mixed it in with the substrate. 5. I put a Hygrometer inside the tub and set in in a dark room. At this time the monotub has polyfill in the holes and i've later read that you should have them covered with tape until you want them to go into FC, not sure? 6. I kept it in the dark room for 5-6 days and it looked pretty white everywhere, and i got too impatient that i put it out in ambient light for a day then decided maybe it needs a few more days in the dark. 7. It has now been in the monotub a total of 7 days. Please see pics below and let me know where i effed up. If this first grow fail i will try again but want to make sure I dont make the same mistakes twice.
  5. 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. Thank you.
  6. 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 up my grain. Or, is adding liquid coffee to the grain soak and boil even a good idea? MZ? Anybody?
  7. Prior WBS grain success. Interested in learning of stronger strains with using WBS grain?
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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 bottom along with any heavier co2 gases
  11. So I ruined my pressure cooker. I wanted to make a bunch of wbs jars, and like many of you my pc holds 7 quarts. After work I got some presoaked seeds rocking in the pc. 90 min later plus the natural release of the pc I had 3 more jars I wanted to do. I started them and settled in in front of the tv (rare for me). Needles to say that working and trying to do 4+ hours of pressure cooking was a disaster. I fell asleep and cooked the 2nd batch all night. Woke up for work and the pc was dry and the bottom bowed out. It spins like a top on my stove now. I don't trust it to hold pressure any more. Good thing for cyber monday. I didn't buy any Xmas stuff but found pressure cookers for $40, so I bought 2. Now when I want to do more than 7 jars I can run both at the same time. If you have abused your pc, please consider the cost of a new one is nothing compared to how much enjoyment you receive from it over a long period of time. Gotta go cook pork chops now. Happy sterilizing.
  12. Hello there! I've been reading and reading, trying to figure this out, and I have some questions. Following the 6Q Dub Tub TEK, I have six quarts in the incubator right now. The first two were colonized with spores and appear to be stuck after 12 days (those are the two more tightly cropped pictures to try to show details). The other 4 (only three pics) jars are 3 days in after being inoculated with an LC I made from spores. They are looking better, but after reading a recent post I have some concerns. I have several questions: 1) The grain (with coarse verm at bottom) seems like it expanded a lot in the jars after PCing and gently shaking/loosening. I'm thinking the jars are too full. Is air needed in this step? Could overfilling be an issue? 2) On another thread from someone with stuck grain spawn, a comment was made that the grain looked too moist. The TEK I followed doesn't say anything about drying the grain or how moist it should be before loading into jars, it says the vermiculite will regulate that. Can anyone give me some pointers in that regard? 3) Another thought I had was water -- I live in an area with extremely hard water. I made three LC jars, two pints with my hard water and one quart with distilled. The distilled LC seemed to do best, but I did have success with one of the hard water jars. But in the grain I didn't use distilled water. Is hard water a problem in this step? Thanks! -- Blackstar
  13. 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, it's similar to that But even worse because it's actually made out of cardboard. I did throw a liner in it though. I have a ton of spawn to work with so I tend to go pretty heavy with the amount I use, which usually leads to fairly quick colonization. None ever earlier than 9 days though. So like I said I did this 2 days ago. I normally never peek so early into the spawn run but I just wanted to check this one out of curiosity and to my complete shock, the sub is completely colonized. Smells and looks great. Any info or even just opinions on this would be very much appreciated. Thanks Also sorry the quality of the pic is kinda terrible. My camera sucks
  14. Spawning an intrest

    Hi everyone! My name is Nickie, and I'm newer to the scene than a pin 🍄. I'm looking into doing a few of the 6quart dub tub set ups with grain spawn, and the starter syringe pack from sourceofspores; because that seems to be as straight forward as I can get for my first time, without getting a full mycelium kit. 🤐 And that just feels a little like cheating. I'm aiming for success obviously, but knowing there's lots of room for error, being a newb. I don't plan on having them in my house, but in my old mobile home for space convince, and I'm a little worried about sterilization and keeping things par on the clean scale.👌 Any advice for a girl just starting up?
  15. 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!
  16. ...so my first PF tek with cakes was a semi success but ended up getting overrun with green mold. I learned a lot though, and I did end up with a decent yield! Anyway, I have about 5cc’s left in each of the 4 x spore syringes (refrigerated) so I got 4 x presterilzed rye berry jars. My question is should I innoculate them the same way as the BRF jars (in 4 spots)?
  17. Any advise looking to start a clean home based grow opp and advise would be welcomed tricks and easy DIY options. If i must get spawns locally or online looking for a high psychedelic upper strain? Im from RSA it a indoors set up so temp control so any ideas on a quality easy to bulk, grow strain with a extra psychedelic upper kick? Medical and recreational grows. Was told (penis envy) strain but keen for advise in regards a perfect set up and strain. Watched the tutorials of the basic bulk run a little slow sometimes any helping hands for a Noob Mushy Ninja. Scaling down indoor set up too add a mushy grow so help and research key very OCD when comes to grows so HELP please form the OG's of mush grow that might be lurking about knowledge is power so sharing is caring hahaha.
  18. When I was put in my 6 quart jars in my 64 Court mono tub. I must have somehow mislabeled some jars and mixed Ecuador with albino penis envy I think? Anyways it looks to me like the perfect blend in between the two the mushrooms that are growing have red caps with white spots growing small.. is this possible?
  19. in a week or so i will be attempting my first grow of mushrooms ever i have went with Cambodians i know strain doesn't matter much a cubes a cube but i had one question about grain spawn i will be using WBS i know i do not want cracked corn but is peanuts or dried fruit bad ? i do not wanna get the wrong grain any feed back will be highly appreciated
  20. So I'm way behind on making substrate and my grains pawn is 100%. How long will they be okay in the fridge?
  21. So here are 2 pics. One is before I shake and one is after. When do I know they're ready? They were made with lc about 3 weeks ago.
  22. grain jar, contaminated?

    first grain inoculation, someone can tell me what is this amber mucosi stuff in the grain? I guess I shouldn't expand this one, right?
  23. Hey guys, new here with two questions.. First, is there really anything stopping me from using a ship on a grain jar topped with foil instead of rtv and tyvek lid? Also, when it come to making lc, why do the teks show a ship and a syringe filter? I don't understand where or why the filter comes into play. Thanks and I appreciate any feedback and I REALLY appreciate everything everyone here does. This has been a great find for me.
  24. Hey, all. So, I am doing WBS in quart size jars. When I first made them I put verm on the bottom and didn't do any particular field test for moisture, just kind of eye-balled it and compared it to videos I have seen. The moisture seemed good. For the first half of the incubation period I was holding a relatively constant temperature of 78F. The last half I fluctuated quite a bit. For a couple days I had temps into the low 90s then others days I had temps as low as 69F. Out of 22 jars only 7 were fully colonized by the month mark. The rest ranging from about 60-90% colonized. I left them in for another week to give them some more time but growth seems to have halted. I attribute it to the high temps and not as accurate moisture content of the WBS, but I see a lot of people not being super specific as well as a lot that are insanely specific on what to do when preparing their grain. Now my question; I went ahead and spawned 4 of those 7 fully colonized jars to bulk, they still had some visible moisture in the jar but they just looked a little dry. Is there a temperature and moisture content that the jars could get to that would kill the myc. or are they pretty resilient. Since I added them into my hydrated coco coir substrate will they just use that moisture and start growing again? How does that process take place? I understand the importance of changing temps when going to fruiting but I want to know if I fucked myself by having these varied temps during incubation. Thanks.
  25. When prepping oats, do I need to take out the floaters like wbs? It has little prices of hay in it too. Or just soak and simmer and dry and load?
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