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OfflineNFG_Getupkid
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Few Casing Questions
    #1084245 - 11/25/02 02:05 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

My jars have been fully colinized for a week now and tonight I'd like to case them. Just have a few questions before I do so...

1. I've been reading around and some teks say to use verm on the bottom, then the colonized substrate, then verm on the top. Others say Verm, colonized substrate layer, then 50% verm and 50% peat moss. Which do you suggest I use?

2. As for the coloinized cake layer... Do I slice the cake? Break it up? Leave it whole?

3. I live in a fairly humid enviroment. My terrarium is in my closet. The whole humidify tech is too much for me right now. Should I mist 4 times a day or use Perlite?

4. After I case them, how long should I wait to inniate pinning? I've read in places to wait for the top layer to fully be taken over by mycelium. Other teks say not to let that happen.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Edited by NFG_Getupkid (11/25/02 02:08 PM)


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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: NFG_Getupkid]
    #1084258 - 11/25/02 02:08 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

1. people do it a number of different ways. i do 50/50+ on the bottom, substrate in the middle, 50/50+ on top.
2. ditto. i slice the cakes
3. whatever it takes to keep rh in the right range


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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: NFG_Getupkid]
    #1084266 - 11/25/02 02:10 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

>Other teks say not to let that happen.

Don?t let this happen. When you see mycelium starting permeating, put it into the fruiting container.


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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: NFG_Getupkid]
    #1084307 - 11/25/02 02:24 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

First off, the Getupkids are great.

1) A bottom layer is not necessary, but either straight verm or 50/50 would work, I just don't use one at all

2) I use a cheese grater, its easier than breaking it up, and it gives more inoculation points than slicing or breaking it up.

3) Perlite with occasional mists

4) Just let it colonize until the mycelium is present in the "valleys" of your casing layer.
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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: Skikid16]
    #1084326 - 11/25/02 02:30 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Wow! Thanks for the fast responses! Only two more newb questions! What do you mean by "valleys"? Any using a cheese grater won't damage the mycelium?

You guys are great! :smile:


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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: NFG_Getupkid]
    #1084340 - 11/25/02 02:35 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

the valley = the low part of the casing. Obviously u cant make it perfectly smooth, so the valleys refers to the low points.

a chz grater provides clean cuts. Its actually less damaging then pressing your fingers into a cake and breaking it up.


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Re: Few Casing Questions [Re: Skikid16]
    #1084376 - 11/25/02 03:02 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

"I use a cheese grater, its easier than breaking it up, and it gives more inoculation points than slicing or breaking it up."

Inoculation points? Are you talking about spawning or casing?? Anyway, for spawning I use a cheese grater, for casing I scruff the outsides of the cakes to remove the matted down myc, then I slice in half, then i use the scruff material and some small crumbled up cake pieces for filling in the holes between the big pieces. When casing I like to leave the cakes as intact as possible because I feel they have worked hard to develop a strong network which I don't want to disturb.


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