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How long will contams take?
    #1612734 - 06/05/03 09:15 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Being wihtout a pressure cooker, ive decided to try my hand at sterilizing my Quinoa spawn in the microwave, then letting it sit in the jar for a whlie [to make sure its not contaminated] before i innoculate with spores. How long should I wait to make sure its not harboring any contams?


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Re: How long will contams take? [Re: safeway]
    #1612739 - 06/05/03 09:17 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

you should have steamed or boiled them. waiting only increases chances of contams.


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Re: How long will contams take? [Re: soochi]
    #1612823 - 06/05/03 09:38 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

wait a day, nuke again, wait another day, nuke another time, wait one more day, and then innoculate.

Boiling would work better though. Microwaves don't heat everything equally, and i've never heard of a success from nuking jars of substrate.


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Re: How long will contams take? [Re: psilo9com]
    #1614141 - 06/06/03 09:21 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Don't wait after sterilizing the jars. Waiting just gives any contam a better chance to colonize the jars. If you inoculate as soon as the jars have cooled, the mycelium can compete with any contams that may be still in the jars, in which case the mycelium has a fair chance of winning.

By the way, I agree with psilo9com. Better boil the jars in a normal cooking pot. Better still: egt a pressure cooker. I only use the microwave to sterilize the perlite I use for humidification a bit. Substrate jars are cooked in a normal cooking pot.


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Re: How long will contams take? [Re: koraks]
    #1614201 - 06/06/03 10:20 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

". How long should I wait to make sure its not harboring any contams? "
you'll know in a few, 3-5 days, it'll smell by then.


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