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  1. Had a question to pose before I try this. If you have a half gallon jar and filled it to the 1000ml line with rinsed and sifted WBS and filled the water to the 500 ml line would it get to temp during the 90 minute PC run ? I’m wondering because it is thicker than a quart And is more like a bag. Would running it longer burst a lot more seeds and end up not worth it ?
  2. 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! (Much thanks to all of the members of shroomology & shroomery) But I am definitely going to need some second opinions from the experienced community that has blossomed here! Anyways, here is my chamber and I will be sure to post every step along the way to contribute to the peer review practices that keep this engine running! (for those wondering what this chamber is constructed of, I created a PVC chassis made to fit into my metal rack lmao this and everything else will be wiped down with iso before any actual use, and this chassis is contained in a double layered 59 gallon clear yard bag, which will be made air tight, as well as a sterile access port for anything hands on (or gloves on lol) all the way from opening the pressure cooker inside, then innoculation, through colonization all the way up to transferring the jars to the tub of substrate, to pinning, fruiting then harvesting!!!!) equipped on this chamber is 2 CPU fan/HEPA filter vents made from cardboard and lined with foil and there will be an air tight seal on all of this once it comes time to store my jars. Let me know what you think so far!!!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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 info or suggestions are welcome. Thank you in advance!
  9. Sassenach

    7/4 Harvest.

    Happy 4th everyone!
  10. 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 , and it's already pinning. The thing is I cant possibly see how it could work with the bags being so full of substrate , I was just kind of rushed and didnt want to waste anything so I threw it in bags not really expecting it to work . The bags are so healthy looking I hate to throw them out , but I'm not sure what to do . Any suggestions? Two of my bags are just verm and the other two are cmc, coir ,and verm... any help would be greatly appreciated ... thank you
  11. Iamchefmo

    Contamination? Or unhealthy conditions

    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
  12. 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 .
  13. 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.
  14. MagicalCriminal

    GT, tammed out

  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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?
  22. Prior WBS grain success. Interested in learning of stronger strains with using WBS grain?
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
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