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  1. Hello everyone, After patiently following the 6q monotub process I have finally got two tubs of mushrooms to the pinning stage. It has actually taken a couple of months to get to this point. The spawn jars took over a month to colonize and the spawn run has taken 3 weeks so far. I suspect that spores I have are a bit on the sleepy side, and I made the mistake of not keeping the spawn run warm enough. Anyhow, I have what would seem to be a dumb question. The Tek talks about dunking the media for 24 hours and then letting it drain: - I assume that I have to take the media
  2. I have to small monotubs setup and they seem to be going strong as far as colonization. However I opened them up today and noticed an off smell, somewhat like plastic. The mycelium seems to be quite strong. I also notice a little pooling of brownish liquid on the tops, which I've read could be mycelial metabolites. This is my first monotub test, so I dont know what to expect. I am attaching a photo of each tub. Only one has the brownish water. Below is a description of my methods. Any advice on the smell or pooling of brown liquid would be appreciated. -Wheat be
  3. 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
  4. I have this longer skinny closet that is great for mono tubs. so i was wondering if i were to line the walls with cardboard to help maintain the temperature when fruiting? or would the cardboard retain to much of the humid inside?
  5. I will start by saying this is my first grow, and first monotub. I spend tons of time researching and lurking so this is my first post on any forum. I can't really seem to find the specific info that I am looking for. For Background info, I used 12 BRF cakes nocc'd with B+ MS syringes. Seemed like pretty slow colonization in the jars but everything seemed contam free (except for one, Blue Mold). Once my jars colonized I did Damien's Bucket tek. I think that my first issue was that I did not have nearly enough spawn... (12 4oz jars) but I broke them up and mixed them at about a 1:2
  6. Hey friends, New here and have cultivated before but I am a practicing analytical chemist and getting the hang of doing bulk mycology work as a hobby. Trying to get some help from the community on identifying some of these odd looking occurrences in my mono-tub spawned off oat grain and grown in bags from LC using MS syringe. I understand there is an immune response occurring but specifically I would like to : -identify the microbes if one may be spotted by you more adept cultivators. Thank you much -how likely am I to see a good flush, the pinning seems to be uneve
  7. I definitely don't want to freak out till I know something is wrong. This is my first attempt at a monotub and up until now things have been looking good. I just returned home from being gone this weekend and this is how my tub looks. Freaking huge white patch growing and I have no idea why... The tub has been in fruiting conditions for 7 days now. My question is: what the hell is it? what can I do? do I leave it alone? Please and thank you my fellow fungi family.
  8. I’ve had this mono cased for about two weeks . It started to pin a couple times . But wouldn’t give much at all . You can see the Lone mushroom in there I’m about I pic . My ac was out for a day and it got a little warm like 78 in my place in the afternoon . At night it was back to 70. I’ve been having trouble with Pinning the last month on my mono, as well as the dubs I let incubate too long . Any thoughts from your guys ? Current temp in my place is 72.
  9. So Ive been trying my best on this mono tub and im just scared that it wont come out right. Im doing it the cheapest way becuase this is all i got. I plan to get better equipment in the future. Can anyone give me some advice on this tub.
  10. So this is from a grow I started 13 days ago and thought it good timing to do the WBS “shake”.My question is this has anyone experienced three diff forms of mycelium growth all coming from the same strain and same spore syringe?The picture should put things in perspective.
  11. GoldenCaps

    Mono Tub Contaminated?

    So my first run at a mono tub Isn’t going too well. Things started off fine but then I noticed some blueish coloring right underneath my filter holes around day 15 post birthing. It was either mold or my substrate was drying out. In a panic to save the whole tub I decided to put a late casing on to moisten the substrate hoping that this would minimize the chance of the blueish coloring getting worse and things don't look quite right. Some of the caps are deformed and some of the stems have white fuzz climbing up the entire stem. Is it safe to consume these? If there is mold in my tub should I
  12. Hey guys. Some I'm running a monotub of penis envy for the first time. These things have been weird from the start. I have a 56 qt tub with 3 2 inch lower holes on the longer sides and 2 2 inch higher holes on the smaller sides. Spawned to Coco. Some of the caps are cracked and now the mycelium is turning blue. I hope this is just bruising and not trich. Any opinions?
  13. On bulk grows of 6 qt and up I have a question. How do YOU rehydrate your bulk grow after the first flush? Do you remove it from the container? Do you add water to the container and then pour out the rest and if so how do you remove the substrate to allow it to drain off? I am interested in everyones techniques. I've been tossing this around in my head for a while now ever since spawning my first rye berry spawn to coir/coffee ground substrate in 6 qt tubs last week. How do you all accomplish this task?
  14. I have been doing a monotub tek for the second time, this time with PE strain Last time I did a monotub I had less than ideal conditions in every step(mold colonizing in 3/4 of the cake style jars, improper soil(yard dirt instead of coco-coir, 80-90 fruiting conditions, flooding my tub continually, 2 1/2 pint colonized jars in a 60qt mono) and still grew 20g's dry. I have a few questions: 1: I am wondering what dry weight I should expect from 3lb's of colonized rye seeds and approx double the amount of coco coir as there is rye seeds in a 60qt monotek. PE strain ?????? (setup is
  15. mycoandbjj

    Contaminated/Questions

    Image 1 is a my first tub - Image 2&3 is second tub - Image 4 third Alright big dogs its my time growing and I think one of my monotubs is contaminated (Image 4). I used a Mycowilly tutorial on Vimeo and my tubs have polyfill in them from the start. He says they'll pin in a few days if you fan and mist often but I also see people say not to open the tub and let it the full colonization take place. I think its been about 7 days, I've had them in some natural light during the day, was fanning but backed off and my room temp has been like 70-85 f probably. Do I just let these bad boys s
  16. PoliteHunter

    Monotub Noob

    I am going to try and grow a Monotub, I've read the guide and have some questions, dont know if there stupid or not haha. Knobbly have experience with jars. 1. It says to add a casing layer once the mycelium turns white, what does this mean? More Substrate? 2. After you make the substrate how do you inoculate it inside the tub? do you just inject it with syringes throughout the tub, if so how much do you need? Doesnt seem like it, i tihnk im missing something. If not syringes what do you use and how much do you need? 3. How much weight can you expect from one tub? Like a 1/2 pou
  17. 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
  18. 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, so
  19. darkvoyager

    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 rea
  20. 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
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