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dried out substrate
    #1282463 - 02/05/03 04:57 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

well i was dumb (first time) and got my mycobags before I had my heat situation worked out. I innoced my bags with plenty of spores and I started to see some growth. While trying to invent alternate ways of heating I let the temps hit probably like 110 degrees one night for 4 or so hours. Shockingly this did not kill the mycellium growth in any of the bags. However I did have to reinooculate not because it needed it but becasue, and I just figured this out mind you, the substrate got COOKED. I mean it is probably 65% colonized but it just wont budge. The growth has totally stopped. I tried mixing the mycellium around before and it did speed things up...for a while. And today I realized how "sandy" the substrate that isn't colonized sounds when I move it around. I think back on how "soaked" the bags were when they came and I've come to the conclusion that I need to give the substrate a grip of moisutre. Is it best to use water or should I use something else? I really don't want to open the bags up but I'm also afraid that a syringe full per bag might still not be enough. It'd be easy if I could get some store bought water so I wouldnt have to keep boiling it. Suggestions to save time? I mean really shouldnt water straight from the facet be safe. Is it worth the risk..which is like what 2% anyway? Karma to all who reply in advance.

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Re: dried out substrate [Re: Gunther]
    #1282548 - 02/05/03 05:22 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

i would think the safest thing to do is humidify your incubator .
it may take a little longer, but would be less risk to the already weakened mycelium .

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