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  1. So after getting back into this beloved hobby, I’ve come to realization a dehydrator was an absolute MUST! Unfortunately I’m from small town and those are “out of season” so it required two days effort and a 70mile haul to larger city but that’s whole diff story😡 My question I pose is this sometimes I see people separate caps from stems before drying also occasional people cutting in half. What’s your preferred method and how do you think it effects the long term storage??? I personally have found that yes cutting in half will give you a dryer “crackier” type feel which is of course indicative of getting most moisture out which is best for long term storage but does it really matter if these things don’t plan on being stored super long term?Time and effort into going extra mile for lil extra crunch doesn’t seem worth it if I’m not reaping any extra benefits yaa knowww🙃🤔? Just wanted to open little discussion on Drying Techniques 🤗
  2. You know how to play. Tell me what you think. First monotub and flush from a friend. He doesn't really know when to harvest.
  3. An interesting study I'd not seen before now, thank you to Don Shadow for bringing this to my attention. I thought it may be of interest to others and so worthy of sharing. Study: Matshushima, Y., Shirota, O., Kikura-Hanajiri, R., Gosa, Y. & Eguchi, F. et al. (2009) Effects of Psilocybe argentipes on Marble-Burying Behaviour in Mice. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 73,8: 1866-8. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/27db/ba7610194971742f8adf5a8dde8e3b06addb.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2ld6CQCuz3ax1mDPe4qO8sstDrMyrrS92AUiUy6eN4u7tEmIX0r5mvkBQ Abstract Psilocybe argentipes is a hallucinogenic mushroom. The present study examined the effects of P. argentipes on marble-burying behavior, which is considered an animal model of obsessive-compulsive disorder. P. argentipes significantly inhibited marble-burying behavior without affecting locomotor activity as compared with the same dose of authentic psilocybin. These findings suggest that P. argentipes would be efficient in clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy. ...we obviously need to be cautious when attempting to extrapolate and infer from animal model studies (in this case an animal model of OCD), but I thought this was quite an interesting finding: "In the experiments, when mice consumed P. subcaerulipes, it significantly inhibited their marble-burying behavior, but, unlike an equivalent dose of purified psilocybin, did not affect locomotor activity. Further, the mushroom was more effective than purified psilocybin in inhibiting the behavior, and lower doses were required. Based on these results, the authors suggest that the mushroom has the potential "to be efficient in clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy". This is at the very least suggestive that there could be secondary compounds in the mushroom that modulate or synergise with the psilocybin in mushrooms to some degree, beneficially in this case (even if it is the presence of psilocybin/serotonin precursors in the mushroom) and these compounds may be lacking when ingesting pure synthetic psilocybin. Much of the psilocybin mushroom potency data is out of date, and more research on the potential modulating influence of secondary compounds found in mushrooms (such as baeocystin/norbaeocystin and others) is certainly warranted.
  4. 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 pound? 4. It says it needs natural light? How could this be accomplished artificially, does anybody have any recommendations? 5. Some say to lessen the heat during fruiting? I've never heard of this until today, is that normal? I would really appreciate it as i plan on growing multiple Monotubs.
  5. What's up everyone! Let me start off real quick to inform everyone this is my first post, so bare with me please. Been studying, studying, and studying some more. Just want to clarify on a few steps while I'm doing it. No point to not ask for help if there is some out there right?! I'm doing these methods because I want to see what works for a single fruiting chamber and I didn't want to risk contaminating all my cakes. So I went and bought some 2 liters, tubaware containers, and a few others. There is so many do's and dont's on cultivation and it's confusing the hell out of me. I only have 4 cakes, but from some looking I've read that it's better to use individual containers instead of a full FC tub if you don't have enough cakes to fill it up. 1st question. Does my cakes look fully colonized? It's been about 3-4 weeks above my fridge in a tote with cardboard with holes over it. Just making sure, that's why I only have 2 right now just in case you guys think I should give it any longer 2nd question. Do I need to fan and mist my 2L ? Some post I see they have the cap off, some have it on, some have polyfil. I don't have polyfil just as of right now I have the cap on, with perlite in the bottom, the cake is on a piece of foil, and there are no holes in the bottle. I have been fanning with a book and misting the bottle 3 times a day. I also have another container, (got this from MLBjammer) holes poked in the bottom of lid, no fanning no misting. The cake in the 2L , I birthed under water very well and did not dunk to simply try out the difference between not dunking vs dunking. Since this is my first experience I want to find out as much as I can! The cake in the twist cap was dunked for 23 hours. 3rd/4th question. Should I use the Hawaiian Punch jug? Do it like I did the 2L? Should I use verm or perlite at the bottom? And should I poke holes in it? Or just open it to fan and mist then put the lid back on with cap on? I hope I can get at least one of my cakes to fruit. Once I figure out what I should do with the other 2 cakes, should I just go ahead and birth them and dunk or no? Should I just turn one of my cakes in the jar still over (once I scrap off the verm layer inside) flip it over and leave it in there with no maintenance? See if that works? Invitro I believe? **Thai Lipa Yai strain** I am definitely wanting to go bulk after this, but I just wanted to to experience cakes. Thank you to all that do read my post and try to help!
  6. Hey guys, most of you know I spend more time in o'l Wally's world, and just to let y'all know, pallets are being set for a Organic Expert Gardener pallet of.... 8lb compressed blocks of Coco coir, Organic, and roughly $7.87/$8 a block. I think I pay approx a buck a pound normally from Home depot, and a good thing about this is I smelled a block and no musty odor, seems like good stuff. So if you want coir for a buck a pound, (unhydrated) this is a great buy.
  7. kakki38

    Greetings Community!

    Hello Hello! This seems to be the best community for fellow cultivators! I want to say hello to everyone and also say from the start that I am always grateful for knowledge in any form! Yes I am a beginner but mushrooms have always fascinated me, I've done a lot of my own reading over the years, and more than anything now I want to learn from others who clearly know what they're doing. Soooo tips, questions, concerns, ideas, tricks, advice, suggestions, random comments, anything at all is not only welcome at all times but is greatly encouraged! Can't wait to start the journey it will definitely be wild!
  8. Hello guys i love this forum been reading for a year and just started playing with fungus 3 month ago its puerto rican cubensis. i did MS to agar then agar to LC and innoc some jars and spawned to horse poo for 12 days then moved to martha fruiting chamber 3 days ago.today am seeing something new on the sub is that a baby pins?should i start giving it more FAE?thanks
  9. I'm interested in your guys technique for early growers who's veils are broken and are connected to little guys who haven't had a chance to mature fully yet. Do you let the big guy be or try to pick him off his family? Here's a picture of one of my tubs for reference. (Golden teachers ) Cheers!
  10. Here are 2 different tubs of PE where I'm using a smaller tubs I've noticed that around the edges it is shrinking considerably even though I have moisture around the tub, here is a picture to see what you guys think and any advice. Any tips would be great thank you.
  11. Hello, This is my first post here and it's been a long time coming. I've been working on this grow for about 2 1/2 - 3 months now and I think that my first flush is nearly ready to be picked! The strain is B+ Cubensis and the grow was relatively easy and low maintenance. About 3 weeks ago I transferred colonized spawn bags into my bulk grow kit and my first pins started appearing 6 days prior to this post. My only question at this point is are my mushrooms ready to be picked and dried? Also, I heard that you're not supposed to pick any big mushrooms if there are small ones growing next to it. Is this true? Here's the pic:
  12. So I want to do a Monotub-grow and use horse manure as substrate. The problem is that i can't find simple dehydrated manure. I can only get HPoo pellets. The pellets are 100% HPoo and have 1.9% nitrogen and 1% phosphorus. Can I use those pellets for a bulk substrate? Help would be appreciated
  13. Having so much fun growing, I want to try growing some gold and pink oyster mushrooms. To be very generally, I typically do a G2G transfer bulk grow for my cubes. Does this same technique work for oyster mushrooms? I know some mushrooms need very specific grow methods, ie. Chanterelles need to be near the roots of certain trees. Info about any other edible mushrooms would be great too! I just have a source for oyster mushroom spores. As always, mush appreciated!
  14. Hear are different jars. same time. 8/29 There is some funny coloring to the jars never seen before myself would like to get somebody else's advice. Are they have stalled not sure what I should do quarantine them or just throw them away or rents and wash and put them in the fitting Chamber
  15. MushyMark84


    Hello all. I am new to 'ology and ironically got confirmation on my first order today. I started this journey because of mushrooms in general from wild edibles, medicinal, and magical. So far I've just been book learning but now wish to invest some time into horticulture as a whole. Any guidance or tips along the way will be appreciated. Thanks.
  16. RiK

    CoTG continued..

    Hi y'all! I wanted to show off my progress with psilo extraction experiments here's some pics.. Here is the finished product of my labor.. and yes, they were solid and crunchy lol plz leave comments to let me know what you think, thank you.
  17. PsychoNanoNaut

    My beloved mushies: part deuce

    I had an old grow log: My beloved mushies, it got lost somewhere so here's part deuce. I started my journey by chance 18 months ago. Came across some mushrooms out of the blue, had not done them in 16 years prior to that. I was hooked, being a gardener, I decided to grow them. I miss brf cakes, lol. My last grow was like 6 months ago, Matias Romero. I went with new grains (cheap whole oats). I had troubles with tam, and I had trouble dialing in the moisture and nsns tek. Finally got it down somewhat. First pics is my last flush of MR. 7/29 I nocced some oats with AA+. On 8/2 I nocced some jars with A+. Also one jar each of P. Cyan brazoria and PE. First growth in 4 days for AA+ jars First growth in 4 days for A+ jars. AA+ did well but after first shake, 5 of 6 tammed out. (My bad, pc'd micropore tape, it became solid and caused a vacuum.) You know what went wrong after it happens. The brazoria jar was a dud(old LC) but I have a fresh swab to play with later. The PE showed growth but very little. The A+ did better: On 8/19These jars had poly, tyvek or micropore tape(applied after pc). On 8/25 I nocced another 5 jars of oats with AA+. The PE jar is showing better growth: On 8/26 I got around to cooking some sub and making some trays. Made 2 medium trays and 2 mini-trays of A+. Made one mini-tray of AA+.Trays on 8/31, they are colonizing well, I noticed one had too much moisture. I like the trays I use because the clear lid catches all the extra condensation, I can tilt the tray, pinch a corner and let water out. I did this to tray that was too wet. You don't get this chance when there's foil directly above the substrate in a larger tub. Fingers crossed, it's been a while. Next I case and place in FC. I just received 3 LC syringes, PE Uncut, KSSS and ATL #7. So I bought a bag of Pennington classic WBS, these never let me down and I'm bitter with oats. Got 14 jars in the PC now... more to come.
  18. I have two jars that have been nocked up almost ready to spawn. I was wondering if i could put the mycelium into two large pickle jars that I have and fruit them that way. I just dont know how to get good airflow in them. Any help would be awesome. This is just an idea I want to try. Thanks!
  19. I would like to know if anyone knows any viable substitutes for agar while working with petri dishes. I can get agar no problem I'm just looking for ideas for experimenting with. I'm not really trying to get a successful harvest i just like messing around with mycology and seeing what you change in your process can do to the culture.That's why i joined the community to check out other people's grows and experiments.Thanks for any suggestions.
  20. Im leaving for a week and I was wondering how long I leave my tubs alone. I dont have anyone to check on them, and I cant take them where I am going. It is the second flush. I would like to keep them going but dont want them rotting while im gone. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!
  21. PsychedelicTarantulas

    P.T.'s Outdoor Finds

    I'll start posting my outdoor finds here. I'm not the greatest at ID'ing anything besides a cube so I won't try at most. But enjoy the pics! I need to go round up my old outdoor pics, as well.
  22. Yo yo guys, im wandering . . . Wouldn't it be great if we have some print exchange/giveaway this days. I would like to try some new strains, and have couple of Equador/Columbian prints to share!
  23. Hey wanted some opinions on if my new pins are ok? It's my first grow so I'm equally excited and paranoid.
  24. Hey everyone ! This is my first time doing a grow! Things have gone without any issues til this point! I've been following the 6 quart tub tek. So I'm to the misting and fanning stage. I've been keeping the environment at 97% humidity most of the day for the past two weeks since adding the peat moss top layer. I just have a couple of questions so for clarification I'm growing two strains. 1 tub of Lovely Golden Teachers (first 3 images) , and 1 tub of A+ Albinos (last few images). So on to the first question . in the last pic of the albinos I noticed a little orange spot. I don't know what pins look like , as it's been about two weeks now of misting and fanning twice a day. I was hoping some one could tell me if it's something I should try cutting out of my cake or leaving ? Mu second question is how much longer do you think they have til they start pinning . I've been doing a lot of reading but keep hearing different estimates. It's been just over two weeks since misting and fanning has started. From my understanding the pinning is something once it's started is pretty quick right ? All I've seen so far is just the mysilum growing more and more. Last question : is there something I need to Change with the golden teachers ? They have seemed to be growing as quite a bit of a slower pace than the a+ strain. They just haven't gotten as thick on the top layer as the a+ have. Are they a slower growing strain and I was unaware ? For any and all who answer I appreciate all help and feedback, thanks !!
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