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Water to verm ratio?
    #1418158 - 03/30/03 01:09 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Okay, when casing with straight verm. Could some people shoot me their favorite ratio's to use? According to the hongus tek, he says to use 25mls per .5 cup of verm. I figured that to be about 1.6cups water to 8cups verm. I used 3cups water to 8cups verm for my first casing. It only squeezed a few drops out, but my mycelium wouldn't colonize the casing though. Maybe I made it too wet. Let me know. Thanks. Also, please state what grade verm it was.


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: thrice]
    #1419987 - 03/31/03 04:11 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Bump. Nobody here uses a specific formula?


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: thrice]
    #1420016 - 03/31/03 04:44 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Here's what my neighbor does:

First,  put your verm (or coir, or verm & coir) in a large microwave safe bowl. Add plenty of water. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir, add more water if necessary then microwave for another 5 minutes. Leave covered until completely cool.

To apply the casing layer, first wash your hands thoroughly. Grab a hand  full of the wet casing material and then squeeze it in your fist until the water almost  stops dripping out. Sprinkle the damp material evenly over the substrate and repeat until the desiered casing depth is achieved.

This works well for any size verm and no measuring is required. Some people will say the sterilizing can be omitted but why take chances?  :laugh:
 


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: taters]
    #1420564 - 03/31/03 11:30 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

^^^
just a warning.. straight verm in a microwave can get very, very hot, be careful. It might be better to put the verm in canning jars and sterilize with a pot, thats what i do.


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: GWAR]
    #1420568 - 03/31/03 11:34 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

how wet is too wet? i was a little worried about mine bein too wet, so i squezzed as much water as i could out of it.. it still seemed on the wet side tho.


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: GWAR]
    #1420624 - 04/01/03 12:09 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

kramer says that "verm" that you buy at your local store is going to be differnt than verm i get at my local store unless we live in the same nieborhood
so there is no set recipe that will work for ya anyhow
as for water content like it says in the faq moist not wet
if you squeeze it hard a couple of drops should drip out
this means if you squeeze it and water runs out betweeen your fingers it is too wet


at least thats what kramer says


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: george castanza]
    #1420637 - 04/01/03 12:16 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

if its too wet are u basically fucked??


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: GWAR]
    #1420715 - 04/01/03 01:06 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

no
thats the good thing with p.cub you are never really fucked till the last minute
there is always hpoe if there is no green shit



at least thats what kramer says


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Re: Water to verm ratio? [Re: george castanza]
    #1420720 - 04/01/03 01:10 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

My friend likes to mix up my casing layer (60/40 coco coir) and sterlilize it. He then seperates about 10-20% of the casing and set that aside. Then he adds distilled water to the rest until it is moist (you can squeeze only a few drops of water out) and then add the extra 10-20% back in. This keeps it from being too wet and usually gives him the perfect amount of moisture.


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