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I've been out of the loop for a while, haven't been able to indulge in my favorite hobby, mycology. I want to start growing gourmet mushrooms again, but using the cake culture, because I live somewhere now with little to no extra space.
Are there any gourmet cultures that do well on cakes?
I'd be using a home-made pod type thing to grow em, because I work 2 jobs.
The problem seems to be that sawdust doesn't hold moisture as well as other substrate, or so it is claimed. The above recipe is a slight modification of 'alternate spawn media' listed in TMC. I add vermiculite to help with water retention, and in this case, vermiculite would help hold the substrate together for 'PF-Style Cakes'. That being said, i think the recipe would also produce without the vermiculite involved.
I tend to sterilize things twice as long as recommended... i sterilize this recipe for 2+ hours @ 15psi. Maybe its wishful thinking, but I have noticed that once this substrate is sterilized, it seems very selective... that is it doesn't seem to like to contam much... it prefers live tissue over spores for any species...