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cold shocking and dunking
    #1150507 - 12/18/02 03:19 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I have read all the teks on this stuff and know how to do it, when, and why. What I want to know is if it really works. Is it really worth the effort and risk of contamination? Is the increase in cake yeild really that great? Should dunking be done right after you birth them or after first flush? (I know the tek says both but I'm a little paranoid/worried being a newb and all. :crazy: 

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Re: cold shocking and dunking [Re: Thom_Yorke]
    #1150515 - 12/18/02 03:31 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

IMO, if you want to utilize all of your available substrate for your mushrooms then cold shocking and dunking would be a proper method.  Personally, I have experienced better yields...

If your worried about contamination, maybe you can sterilize the water you dunk your cakes in before dunking.  Hope this alleviates some concern! 

Happy shrooming!  :smile: 



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Re: cold shocking and dunking [Re: Thom_Yorke]
    #1150535 - 12/18/02 03:47 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

In my experience, dunking and cold shocking befroe birthing, and dunking between flushes is the way to go. I have noticed that pins seem to form sooner, and I get more and larger shrooms.
As for risk of contams, the cakes are fully colonized and pretty tough at this point. I have dunked in regular tap water many times, and have had no contams to date. It is still a good idea to be as clean as possible, but I wouldn't worry about contams if you follow good procedures. I use pint jars to dunk my 1/2 pint cakes. Happy growing :cool:



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