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Popcorn in jars too dry?
    #1435017 - 04/07/03 02:10 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Around a week ago, or so...a FOAF:

1. Soaked popcorn overnight in covered pot full of water.
2. Innoculated after pressure cooking for 70 minutes at 15 psi.
3. Placed in incubator at 85-86? F.
4. Waited 5 days, which mycelium started growing after, then shook until mycelium was well-mixed in the popcorn.

Now, 5 days after that, 4 out of the 6 jars have very dry-looking, and possibly dead mycelium on the inside of the glass jars. It's really foggy and dry looking. The other 2 jars are colonizing fine, and look like they have plenty of moisture in them.

Since they are probably dry, would it be wise to sterilize a syringe full of sterile water, and inject it into the jars, since they look to need more water?


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Re: Popcorn in jars too dry? [Re: B4rK0d3]
    #1435149 - 04/07/03 03:47 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

They would definitely be dry after doing what you did...
No offense, but you missed several key steps in the process...
first of all, rather than soak the popcorn overnight...soak it for somewhere between 24-36 hours...
after that, simmer the popcorn in a very very slow boil for about an hour.
Afterwards they should be ready for PCing. Make sure that they're very soft to the touch before you PC though - you don't want them to be mush, but make sure they're holding a lot of water. You'll get better at it with time...just keep practicing...as soon as you master popcorn you'll never go back to anything else :smile:
~Peace


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Re: Popcorn in jars too dry? [Re: Room4Shroom]
    #1436601 - 04/07/03 05:14 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Overnight - I meant 24 hours. I did, but the only thing I skipped is simmering them. Dammit.


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