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air exchange query
    #1060156 - 11/17/02 04:27 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

All the reading I've done says that air exchange is vital to a good harvest.

Like other newbies, I'm moving from cakes to casings (Phase 2) and have prepared almost all my goodies ready for the cakes to finish colonising (12 cakes inoculated 18 days ago with Cambodian - most are nearly snowball lookalikes). I still have to buy a decent hygrometer, if such a thing exists, and plan to check out Harrods' pet dept tomorrow!

After lots of soul searching, I'm probably gonna ignore my humidifier, and just use perlite - everyone says the humidity needs to be lower for casings. The thing is, I enjoyed the bonus last year (cakes only) of 24h air exchange via the humidifier. Now I'm trying to keep it automated and to avoid the need for fanning three times a day. A fishtank air blower is noisy, and most authors slag it off as a waste of time.

Before I rig up some crazy vacuum-cleaner-on-a-timer device,does anyone have any tips?


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Re: air exchange query [Re: shirley knott]
    #1060436 - 11/17/02 07:07 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

get a large conatiner, i use an aquarium. fill it about 2 in. with perlite, soak the perlite with water, spray a little h202 (hydrogen peroxide). put your cakes on top of peat moss, definitely use peat moss....its awesome. the myc. will spread all over it, and give you a few more fruits. then make sure you fan out the container 3-4 times a day. dont waste your money on a hydrometer. they dont work. as long as you have some condensation on the sides, you are all good.

good luck.

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