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OfflineWMass
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Microwave
    #1659013 - 06/24/03 06:32 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

I heard a person was about to grow his first mushrooms and was going to use the PF Tek. He was wondering if he could sterilize the substrate in a microwave for 10 min.


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Re: Microwave [Re: WMass]
    #1659022 - 06/24/03 06:34 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

Ive heard of sucess with microwave sterilization, and also with fractionial sterilization(steam pot boiling), but I guess its all I matter of luck... With the PF tek, it might be hard to remain sterile because you cant microwave the metal lids(unless u got plastic ones) and even with the verm barrier the open air contact could prove iffy... I dunno, I guess trying is the only way, but if I were you, i would do like 10 minutes x 3 at different times, and make sure they air is still and spray lysol when u open the microwave and screw the lids back on...

Good luck


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Re: Microwave [Re: 2Experimental]
    #1659091 - 06/24/03 06:54 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

Most modern microwaves are ok with some metal lids, and aluminium foil inside them.
((Paraphrased from my microwaves instruction manual))
"To test that a metal object can be used, put it in beside a 1/2 glass of water.
Whack it on full for 10 to 20 seconds.
Obviously if you see sparks, turn it off (they usually happen if the metal is near the side), if not wait until it's done cooking, then open her up and check to see if the lid is warm or if the water in the glass is warm.
If the lid is warm, too bad you need plastic lids, if the water is warm, hurray you're good to go."

Best results occur if you sterilize for 3 days in a row before knocking the jars up (as 2Experimental suggested).

P.S. I have also found that it is best to loosen the lids or uncover the holes before nuking, especially if you dislike having to clean up alot of gunk splattered all over the inside.


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Edited by Scvotto_Turellskey (06/24/03 06:56 PM)


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Re: Microwave [Re: 2Experimental]
    #1659105 - 06/24/03 06:58 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

  Absolutely agreed........!!!!!! :wink:


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Re: Microwave [Re: ph_plus]
    #1659385 - 06/24/03 08:41 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

verm sparks and pops in my mic????


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Re: Microwave [Re: TOTALQAOS]
    #1659397 - 06/24/03 08:46 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

Verm goes through the micro without any problems.
However, if you seal the jars, the water evaporate, and the steam expands, and blows up your jars.
I pressume it's the same if you cook the jars in a pot?


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Re: Microwave [Re: Scvotto_Turellskey]
    #1659434 - 06/24/03 08:58 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

Microwaving works. AFOAF does it with his popcorn. What he does is, he heats up tinfoil in the oven to cleanse it, then when the jars are done in the microwave, usually about 15 minutes because he puts water in there to keep the popcorn from drying out ... he throws the tinfoil lids on there. Holes are poked in one layer in the appropriate areas for inoculation, and that goes on first. The second layer has no holes, that goes over the first layer. Works fine, never had a problem.


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Re: Microwave [Re: jonas]
    #1662591 - 06/25/03 09:31 PM (14 years, 3 days ago)

Well a guy just started The PF tek today with 3 jars of Pan Cyan and 3 jars of P.Cub and used the microwave to sterilize the substrate. He is praying for no contams. How long do you think it would take till its time to birth them?


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