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OfflineAngry Mycologist
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My friend's first casing...
    #1370064 - 03/12/03 05:43 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

My friend has finally moved into the realm of casing after success with the simplified PF Cake method.  The casing is currently in the fruiting stage and he would like to recieve advice, etc.  The information and pic's are below:

8 BRF Cakes - 2 inch substrate layer
50/50: Verm/Coir/Oyster Shell - 1/2 inch casing layer
Fruiting container - 17 gallon sterilite
Humidity - Stays around 89% to 95% (sometimes higher)
Temperature - 74 - 80 degrees
Air exchange - Fans three times a day, uses bubbler also

My friend noticed a spot located on the casing layer that resembled the early stages of green mold.  It was a very thin layer.  The section was cut out and replaced with moist casing material.  No signs of any type of contamination have been seen since.  Now, pictures:

The casing:


Closer section:


Notice the top right hand corner of this picture, this is where the supposed contaminant was removed and filled:


Sooooooooooo.  My friend would like to know how he is doing and what he could be doing better in order to help his friends along they're journey to maturity.  Any type of response is appreciated  :grin: 


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Re: My friend's first casing... [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1370821 - 03/12/03 09:40 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Well i think it all looks lovely!

shame about the greenspot - i get that sometimes too. it's almost certainly airborne, and can only be prevented by using exclusively HEPA-filtered air (so I hear). fanning seems to be a no-no, though most of us do it. hopefully you cut a decent margin around the green, and it'll be at least a week before it returns (it always does, though!)

looks like you'll have yourself a nice crop there, angry  :cool:
i predict giggling and swirling scenes before the month is out!  :grin: 


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Re: My friend's first casing... [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1370840 - 03/12/03 09:48 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Ck out the contam forum cause they have a big post on using salt/bleach combo to get rid of green...was a long post an didnt read into it much. Your grow is looking good and you need to try and save it.


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Re: My friend's first casing... [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1370844 - 03/12/03 09:49 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

looking good,  Bummer about that mold spot though, welcome to the contam war.
Another day in the trenches. :grin: 


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Re: My friend's first casing... [Re: shirley knott]
    #1373337 - 03/13/03 05:12 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Ugh.  Sad day today.  After a couple of days of my friend noticing completely stalled fruit-body growth, he has once again encountered the green mold.  The mold began at the very top surface layer again and even made it's way to a patch of fruits where it immediately caused them to turn a dark black and rot.  Upon further inspection, he realized that the contamination seemed to reach further into the casing then he thought.  The casing has been disposed of :frown:  This is his first encounter with contamination after two successful grows.

So......if fanning invites green mold in (even after the air has been sprayed with Lysol) how would my friend achieve the correct amount of air-exchange for his casings?  Would the bubbler alone suffice?  He never had such a problem with cakes.... 


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Re: My friend's first casing... [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1373362 - 03/13/03 05:22 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

How can one go about doing a pretty sterile casing?


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