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  1. 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
  2. Hey guys, I am a new grower and I have a few questions about the monotub. I've read as many threads on monotub teks as I could before they all started to mesh together into an incomprehensible guide for my brain to understand. Ultimately, with some slight improvisation, I decided to use the monotub tek that Mush Zombie included in a guide describing 3 bulk growing techniques: https://www.shroomology.org/forums/topic/6-how-to-grow-magic-mushrooms-shrooms-in-bulk/ I've been reading a lot of old and new posts to get familiar with all of the terminology, so if there is a term that is questionable, please correct me so I can learn what to say instead. In an effort to keep this relatively brief, I'll try to keep the details down to the essentials. I started by inoculating 10 PF Tek 1/2 pint jars. No contamination, everything looked great. I spawned the 10 jars (broken up evenly) into a 51 qt tub, and mixed with about 7 lbs of substrate. I did not measure out the number of quarts, instead I filled the tub until I had ~3.5" of substrate w/spawn, then lightly smoothed down. I then added a 1/8-1/4 inch casing layer, smoothed, misted and set in the incubating chamber. After 8 days the entire substrate was colonized, and mycelium was tearing through the casing layer. It was beautiful. I then introduced it to fruiting conditions; 71F, 90-99% RH, 11 hours of light per day. The tub has been in these conditions for a total of 3 days. I keep the tub in a small 'tower' for temperature and humidity conservation due to where I live. Everything looked great until one day I forgot to turn the setting for a small fan I keep inside a tower (to promote FAE cyclically though out the day), from the outlet setting, to the timer setting. I also unfortunately, had it pointed at one of the polyfilled holes on the end of the tub. All of these frivolous details aside, the point is that while there was condensation on the side of the tub (due to the temperature differential inside and outside of the tub), the substrate had dried significantly. While I have read that it is common for the substrate to pull away from the sides of the tub, I did not line it with a plastic bag, and the gap was worth noting. As well, a crack developed in the middle of the tub, and there was some minor 'blueing' of a few patches of mycelium - 3 patches, each about the size of a quarter. After I removed the tub, I misted until beads of water formed, waited, misted, waited etc. until no more water was absorbed. I dabbed any puddles of standing water, and misted the walls. I was sure to move the fan further away, aimed to cause circulation, and not directly at the tub, and loosened the polyfil at the top. I purchased a new hygrometer with a probe that so far have proven consistent and accurate. The reading is steady between 94-97%RH. The blueing of the mycelium has stopped, and it has returned to a healthy white again. The crack is much less pronounced, and overall, it appears to have made a steady recovery. Side note, temperature has also been kept between 68-72F during the whole process. I've taken a very scientific approach to the whole process regarding sterilization, standardized measurements of temp and RH in equal time intervals after introducing various conditions (misting, running the fan, increasing temperature, etc.). So far, I've gotten that part down. Now, the reason for this post, is that I lack experience and "the special touch" or wisdom that you only get from experience. I've read so much about FAE that truly I don't know what else to really think, and I don't have the experience to rely on my gut. I've read that too much, and too little are negative. Over the past few days while testing variables, I've been taking the lid of the tub off to either dab puddles, or mist. From what I've read, monotubs are a set and forget tek, and thus far, I've been having to interact with mine more than I should have needed to. Conditions have stabilized, and there appears to be no contamination, or serious damage done to the mycelium. At least - it looks that way to my inexperienced eye. My question is, what are the possible adverse effects from all of this, if any of you have similar experiences? Was your pinset or yield affected. Timeframe, # of flushes? I understand I am probably overthinking this, but I'd rather err on the side of caution and consider all of the possibilities, including the best and worst case scenarios. Any input, advice, or shared experience would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Just noc'd my first jars of WBS yesterday, time will tell if there's contamination. Also noc'd a jar of LC to keep things going if it works out. Started by cleaning the sunflower seeds out of the WBS. Poured boiling water into 5 gallon bucket, covered 90 minutes with towel, poured into strainer and rinsed. Put 1/4 cup coarse vermiculite in bottom of quart jars and added the WBS. Pressure cooked for 90 minutes. Made the LC with karo and water, PC for 90 mins also. Thanks for the easy to follow videos @mushzombie . Sprayed a crap load of lysol everywhere, put gloves on, soaked a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and wiped off gloves and syringe and wiped the SHIP's on each jar before injecting, also heated syringe tip until orange before each one. Glove box was not tall enough to noc the jars without leaning them on side so I opted not to use it, hope it doesn't come back to bite me. The jars of WBS and the LC are now sitting in my closet, have a tower heater set at 78, it has gotten the wbs up to 81 degrees though when it's running so I didn't want to turn it higher. Will do everything in my power to not check on these daily. These will he going into a 58 qt monotub (couldn't find 60 qt anywhere) with 50/50+ casing. I also found 80qt container that came with multiple latches and weatherstripping already on it at Target, so of course I bought it. If the LC ends up working out I'll attempt to use it to noc more WBS jars for the 80qt monotub. If it doesn't work out I do have golden teacher spore print which I will be making agar for today with malt agar extract. Also will have more syringested in the mail whenever my beginner starter pack gets here, so I could wait, but I'd rather have multiple monotubs going to keep me a little busier with any free time I have to keep my mind from wandering and thinking about my wifes cancer. One question I do have is should I wait until the jars are colonized completely to mix and pressure cook my bulk substrate? Everything at home is about to be a mess, because of my wifes cancer her parents are coming to visit and guess where they're staying???? Dun dun dun at our house. My wife already agreed to get them out of the house for the day when I need to get the pressure cooker back in action for the substrate, not sure how exactly that's going to work out, maybe spray a bunch of air freshener and open the doors before they come home? Will edit and upload pictures later, bored at work and wanted to get a head start on this.
  4. Are these cakes healthy? P. Cubensis taking forever to pin. This is my third attempt at growing, and the farthest I've made it in the process. They've been in the tub for 2 weeks as of today. Lots of nodes growing all over, but no pinning. Temp generally kept at 68 degrees. Our heat in the apartment doesn't stay consistent. I make sure to keep the RH at around 80-85% with misting. Should I just keep it going? I don't see any mold. Still has a nice smell to it. Any ideas?
  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. I have a couple questions I've done cake grows before I have a couple under my belt but it's my first monotub I'm doing Amazonian strain I think I put it into fruiting too early it's been 6 days since I switched over no pins not really any sign of too much not sure if I what I did honestly I got a couple pictures maybe you guys can help me or give me a little advice much appreciated
  7. Spawned grain jars using spore syringe, mixed with purchased bulk substrate, and then use a monotub, utilizing a tray for easier soaking between flushes. Cubensis SA Ive been successful in the past with other strains, but my current tray hasn't seen any growth in over a week. Some of the caps have lightened in color, which I assumed was maturation, but the mushrooms havent done anything in a while and appear to be rotting? Or am I just being impatient? Based on my limited experience I want to pull them, soak, and go for flush two. Maybe too much moisture/ too little? The only thing ive done differently is I went on a 3-day ski trip early on before 1st pin so no FAE, but I dont see how that would have affected this now.
  8. After much deliberation I decided to try a monotub. I’ve been experimenting with pf tek for almost a year and making my own spore syringes and I think I’ve pretty much mastered that so the next step was natural. I’ve only ever used 1 type of cubensis, Z-strain. It’s just what was available at that time, no real thought behind it but it’s been very easy for me to get results with. I used Spelt grain and teamed that up with Daimons 50/50 tek. (Coir+Verm) Standard monotub design, black back ect. All he prep went well.... or so I thought
  9. First grow, first tub, 2nd flush GT, 60 qt.
  10. Hi, Psilocybin Spirit here. Since two months I've been getting into mycology. Recently I got all my supplies which cost me around $650 I'll be updating this post with my progress. (note: I live in a country where there are no american pc's, or at least only one sold for $300, also it's hard to get your hands on other supplies that are easy to get in America.) Supplies I gathered: - Presto 23qrt pressure cooker - A dehydrator with 8 trays, metal with temp control and a timer. - 2 bags of vermiculite - 2 bags of perlite - A little humidifier - A huge bag of coco coir - BRF spawn - A spore syringe: McKennaii - 3 63qt sterilite tubs with little wheels that elevate the tub for FAE (surface is flat) one will be used as a SGFC the other one as a mono and the third one as a SAB. - A mouthcap, scalpel, desinfectant spray, desinfectant wipes, gloves, antibacterial soap, bleach, alcohol - 2 dot its - A RH/temp meter - 20 half pint jars - a huge bin with a lid for substrate pasteurisation - 3 rolls of micropore tape - 2 boxes to use as trays in the SGFC (enough depth) - Gypsum - strainers, bowls, cutting boards etc.. the additional stuff Now I want to do a monotub first. Gonna fill 20 half pint jars with verm/brf mix and put a layer of verm on top. 5 holes in the lid for inoculation. Gonna pressure cook for 90mins and let it cool off for 24 hours. Gonna build a simple SAB with two big holes for my arms and use a damp towel with a bleach water mix and desinfect it with the spray. Wait 30 mins. Flame sterilise needle (which is already sterile but inbetween the inoculation of different jars) outside of the box just for safety as the desinfectant is flammable. Gonna use gloves, shower before, desinfect the area and clesn it and spray around with the desinfectant and let that linger for 30mins. Gonna clean the gloves with antibacterial soap and wear a mouthcap and a beanie (as I have long hair) After inoculation I'll put on micropore tape on the holes for safety. Not sure whether to put the jars in the complete dark or give them a natural cycle of light and dark. Seems to be different opinions on that. As the mycelium is colonised I'll prepare my substrate which will be Damian's 50/50 coir tek. I will also add a bit of gypsum, but how much? After getting the substrate ready per tek, I'll layer the monotub with a layer of substrate, then spawn, then substrate and so on. Or do you guys advice me to just crumble up the spawn and mix it without layering it? After that I'll store it in a huge cardboard box in the dark. At which temp should I keep my house? As soon as the substrate is colonised the fruiting process can begin. I will measure the temp and humidity with the meter. Mist and fan 3 times a day I guess? As a plan b if the humidity won't go up I have a little humidifier. Also, will I have to use the dot its if I keep the fc in a room where there will be natural light (I'll keep it at an indirect sunlight spot) Do you guys have any more suggestions, ideas, or sense a mistake in my plan? Please lmk!
  11. Penis Envy contam

    Growing a Mono tub of Penis envy and unsure if this is contaminated, as most of these yellow clusters which are few but still evident are troubling me. Also have a very small spot of fuzz which is possibly from humidity.
  12. In 16 days (10/26) I have to go away for 10 days (26 days). I don't have anyone to manage things while I'm away. Based on the condition of the jars should I: 1) Transfer to bulk "before" I leave for 10 days - I'm thinking this would be just enough time for colonization of the substrate and once I get back I could start the fruiting process? 2) Refrigerate the jars now - to slow down colonization, and transfer to bulk when I get back (would that work?). Help!
  13. Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I have become interested in growing mushrooms, and had a few general questions. I was wondering what one should do after each flush, do I soak, or spray, or leave alone? And for mushroom cultures can those store in the fridge for longer periods of time? Also during monotub cultivation, do yeilds drop on second flush if mushrooms are picked from the mycelium rather than cut? Any information is appreciated as I am just starting to learn about these things. I was looking at this tek if anyone was wondering;
  14. Long time visitor, first time poster. I am starting my first grow this week with 20cc of Alacabenzi's (From the SoS of course) and six sterile 8oz BRF/multigrain flour/Verm/gypsum substrate bags. I've purchased everything for a 48l monotub but am now hesitant to combine and commit all my spawns to a tub. I'm thinking of fruiting all 6 in their bags for the 1st flush and then making a bulk substrate (verm/coir+late casing) for the tub after. Is it a good idea to mix spawns to a bulk after they've fruited once? I am concerned of contaminating a tub on my first go and wasting it. Going with bags seems like less risk of contam. 6 seperate bags gives me 6 opportunities of success/failure rather than just 1 with a tub and allows me to make my $60 investment back. What would you do? Play it safe or Go Big or Go Home? also, I'm aware i don't need to mix all my spawns to my bulk but wouldn't there be an increased speed of colonization? Having a heavier myc -to- non-colonized sub ratio and all..? thanks in advance for any input!
  15. is horse poop compost with peat good for monotub? and how much do i add calsium hydroxide to that?
  16. Not sure what is causing this. Any feed back is appreciated!
  17. 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
  18. I have this mono tub, and the pins seem to have somewhat stalled, or are not getting large like they have in the past. I am assuming its because there is not enough moisture in the substrate. Could there be any other reasons for this? Does anyone have any ideas for me? Thanks
  19. I apologize if there is information on this topic. I did a search and found some, but am hoping for a few more details. Does anyone have experience with unmodified monotubs? I am about to start one and I would like to know exactly how much I should be misting and fanning. The dub tub tech required a few mist & fan a day. I have seen someone post here that with an unmodified you do it once a day. So I am assuming that you moisten the casing then fan for 2 minutes and recover the tub. Is this correct? I would love any information on unmodified Mono that anyone is willing to share with me. I really appreciate everything that all of you do here to help us newbs out. Thank you.
  20. Moving on up.

    Hey guys things have been growing well for me. My lil monos from the other thread are all still producing albeit kinda poorly but I think it's my bad ISO selection and agar work. So mush more to learn in that aspect. I decided to scale up some this is a attempt to fruit Aa+ from a m.s sample in a 72 qt sterilite tub. The Content will be 4 jars of spawn and up to 13 jars of sub. I'm gonna be kinda lazy with it as I go so I'm not sure if you new guys wanna follow along to learn from...this is more for the entertainment value lol. I tend to fail epicly when I fail. Let's begin the tub, no holes yet cause I've got no idea where to put them yet. A normal person would dump 16 or 17 jars of material in there and draw a line, but I'm far from normal. My process lol. I'm gonna take a garbage bag and dump all my jars in it and mix it up. This bag will also be my liner when I'm finished. I'm gonna open them all in front of a flow hood but I question if I really need to do this anymore. I learned a very important lesson "if your spawn is clean you really can't screw this up". OK so while what passes as a f.h in my house is set up I did g2gs on all the jars in case I fail. Now all the spawn is in the bag.so it looks like it takes up about 25% of the space @ about 2.5 inches thick so I'm gonna add about 12 jars of sub it looks like but I'll add 8 at first so I keep my 1:2 ratio I like to use. after 8 jars of sub. Now I've got 2 issues to work out for the future, I think I'm packing my sub too tight in the jars. Secondly one of those jars smells "hot". So I think it didn't sterilize right. It's not a fish or yeast smell it's something else. It's too late now tho I didn't notice till it was dumped. So this is prob a fail already but I'll keep on keeping on. OK so my liner is a lil small but it's no big deal. I cut and rolled it back and it's time for foil.you can't see them but I used a thumb tack to poke a few holes in the foil. Now in hindsight I should have did my holes before I cut and rolled back the bag and added foil but too late. I chose a small hole configuration because I can always make them bigger if needed, and my lid is not air tight. I'll MP them up and set the tub in the room, since it's made outta the same tubs I use as tits it should fit in one like a glove. If not it will just have to sit a lil longer at room temp. I'm kicking myself in the ass guys that one jar of hot sub is gonna ruin this whole tub I think. I spent 2 or 3 days talking to @OpenBar about whether to do a mono or 4 z tubs. And I flipped flopped back and forth for days finally deciding to do a mono tub. But now I have all my eggs in one basket. One of the great things about z tubs is the ability to throw away a bad tub if you have one. I now have to hope my myc can adjust and compete or that by some miracle the bacterial tam ends up beneficial in some way. (Highly unlikely). My predictions at this point. In 10 to 14 days I'm gonna open this up to a stink and a bunch of myc piss. If you wanna learn what not to do just follow me. Check back After my run to see if I can save it.
  21. Time to go big

    Well I've gotten pretty comfortable with cakes and growing the shrooms, I've had a couple ounces now between the last couple batches. It's not quite as much as I expected and it's all been from MS as well. I'm looking to move forward and get into bulk growing with hgher quality spores. I also would like to get into using spore prints, but I have no idea how to use them or make liquid culture, none of that. All I know is the cake stuff. I was wondering what my next step should be. Which shrooms to buy? What materials? Which tek is the easiest for a novice like myself to start with? Some advice would be useful, I'd appreciate it.
  22. Grow Log

    So about seven months ago I started browsing this forum and developing a plan to get my grow on. I found everyone here to be super helpful and friendly and getting my grow started was one of the best hobbie experiences of my life! I promised then that I would share my results with all of you but, as often happens, life got a bit in the way. A new job, a new city, a new everything and it's been nearly half a year since I made that promise. But, I'm back. And I'm here to deliver! This pictures show my journey over about two months using spore syringe to pre-made rye berries bags to mono tubs. I had some trouble at first by not breaking up and shaking the bags which caused some delays in initial colonization. I also had a tam scare in two of the bags. I colonized one tub first with the two good bags. The two with questionable tams I isolated and then removed the contaminated area from the cake + about 20% extra. I then colonized a second tub with this batch in isolation and in the end it turned out pretty well. Actually out performed the original tub! I also had an issue along the way of a delay in fruiting. I solved it by taking everything back to incubation conditions for about a week before trying fruiting again. I think this may have been a mistake over all and I should have just been more patient. My end results, while nowhere near as impressive as some of the yields I've seen on this sub, were still FAR more than I ever expected at just a littel over 5oz! I gave nearly half of my grow away to friends and family (gotta share the love) and spent half of the rest experimenting with various storage methods. I've got just under 1oz left from the original grow. I've had some great experiences over the past several months and learned a lot and I couldn't have done any of it without help from all you wonderful people. Thank you all! I'm about to start my second grow using a WBS tek and the same mono tubs I used for this last grow. I'll also be experimenting in starting a liquid culture for future use. So I'll be back around asking more questions again. So I'm sure I'll be seeing all of you around some more in the near future! Now, onto the grow! Day 1 - Inoculation in my glove box. Day 1 - The bags begin to incubate. I set up a space heater in a closet with a tray of water to keep up ambient humidity. Not sure if this had an effect but I doubt it hurt anything. Day 5 - First signs of growth! Day 15 - Slow growth as you can see. I neglected to crush, shake, and redistribute the newly growing myc resulting in a very long colonization time. Day 26 - This was the day I mixed everything up based on advice received here. I probably could have cut two weeks off my incubation time if I had done this sooner. Day 30 - Four days later and BAM! Colonization at nearly 100% Day 36 - I took the two fully colonized bags and spawned them to bulk using Mush Zombies great tek. Day 36 - Mono Tub A labeled and ready! Day 36 - I kept the other two bags isolated during Tub As initial growth but i got a picture of them together here. Day 39 - Tammy's a bitch! I found a small amount of contamination in the other two bags. This was probably the cause for their slower growth. Day 39 - You can get a better look at the tam here. Especially in the bottom right. I removed nearly 30% of the material from both bags. The contaminated portion and anything within 6" of it was removed and destroyed. I then used what was left to spawn to a second monotub. Day 39 - Monotub B is set to spawn isolated from Tub A. Day 48 - Tub A is fully colonized! Tub B (not shown in this picture) is also fully colonized at this time and shows no sign of further contamination. Day 48 - Tub A (left) and Tub B (right). In this picture a casing layer has already been applied to B. Day 56 - Both tubs have been cased for several days at this point with no real growth noted. I decided to let them go for a few more days before I did anything about it. Day 60 - At this point it's been a week without any real change so I decided to reapply a foil layer and increase the temp by about 2 deg F for a few days. In the end I think this was probably a mistake and I should have just been more patient. Day 63 - I noticed some serious growth around the sides of the foil and when removed saw a forest of pins and some half grown adult mushies! I removed the foil and lowered the temp a few degrees and began a 12 hour light / dark cycle. Day 65 - DICKS! DICKS EVERYWHRE! Day 67 - At this point I figured I was'nt going to get a "canopy" type growth and was just going to harvest in increments. I took all the adults In this photo. Day 67 - Some dongs in a bowel Day 69 - Second harvest. I would get a third harvest as well but did'nt photograph that. I tried for a second flush but had no success. Day 69 - MOAR dicks! Nice pick of one of my drying sessions. I used my dehydrator at 90F. I took the little ones off first at around 8 hours. The big ones taking the longest to get cracker dry at around 18 hours. Pic of my full yield after drying. Banana for scale. Little over 4oz in the bag and 1 oz on the plate baked into 1g candies. I used bakers chocolate, coconut oil, and Stevie powder. Worked great! So that's that. I couldn't have done any of it without all your help! THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY MUSHIE <3
  23. Has anyone used more than one type of spores for a monotub at one time? I have 4 jars of A+ and 2 of GT. I am curious if there will be any effect of combining them in a monotub.
  24. I have to case a monotub and ran out of verm pretty much. I have fine grade verm. And like half a quart of medium grade. Should I go with the fine verm or just leave the verm out completely