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Hey all, A friend recently started his incubation of BRF cakes and they're on about day 19 and no sign of contamination yet (lets hope it stays that way). Anyhoo, he's knew to this and just wants to get some feedback on how things look thus far.
A few questions though:
Vermiculite isn't available where he lives, the jars were bought pre-sterilized. He planned on dunking the cakes and just putting them in the terrarium. Will the yield be significantly lower without the rolling part?
He does have a jar that he didn't use, do you think its possible to use that top layer of verm to roll a few cakes in or at least sprinkle on top?
Lastly, how far along do the cakes look? And is it true that you should wait a week after full colonization to birth the cakes?
Thanks in advance for your comments
-Peace as always
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Cakes look great for day 19.. let them sit for at least a week after all the exterior looks colonized..This will ensure the middle is colonized also. You can use the little bit of verm. That you have to sprinkle on top but I would not use any of the brf as it will cause overlay from the nutrients..Without the roll you should get just as good a harvest by dunking and keeping you're Humidity up..good luck Lookin good............e
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If plants grow in your region of the world witch is most likely, then they will definitely have it at a garden supply store in your area. try calling the store and asking fist as not to waist time driving around.
if you still cant find any you can order some through the net.
Quote: guywhodoesthings said: is it true that you should wait a week after full colonization to birth the cakes?
YES! wait a week after full colonization so it can consolidate its hold on the substrate... If you birth right away its guna sit there for a week anyways.
I'm guessing those jars have dry vermiculite layers at the top of the substrate - if this is the case, you should not be storing or holding them upside down, as this will cause the layer to shift around and/or get wet. A wet contaminant barrier won't help you much at all. Looks like your jars are far enough along that they've probably colonized the top of the substrate, so it might not matter much now, but for future reference...
I'd definitely order some verm if you can't find it locally, but for now, I'm wondering if you could save the verm layers when you birth your jars. Just scraping the verm from each jar into a bowl or something, and then putting it on a cookie sheet and baking it in the oven for a while to kill off anything that might have landed on it, and to dry it out. Then maybe you could use it for the roll. It's certainly not standard procedure, but if that's your only source of vermiculite, maybe it's worth considering. Any thoughts on whether this would work or not? I don't want to steer someone in the wrong direction, just my idea