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hydriodic acid
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packing the bulk substrate
    #1867739 - 08/31/03 05:40 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

i know this is a simple question but i couldn't get solid information. is it ideal to pack down straw/dung as tightly as possible? Also when is it best to initiate pinning on the casing layer, when the myceilium just breaks through or when the entire casing layer is covered. any input will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: packing the bulk substrate [Re: twistedJay]
    #1867803 - 08/31/03 07:46 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Firstly: Reading the FAQ!

Bulk:Dont pack it too tight,just push it togther, but dont cramp it.
Casing:Make a slightly uneven casing layer with small "valleys"(only really minimal ones!), then , when they are filled you can initiate pinning.
What you want is the casing to be consumed by the mycelium without it looking out at the top.That^s why valleys are usefull, as they indicate the level in which the mycelium is in your casing layer. You dont want it breaching the top, but you want it colonised underneath.
But again: Read the FAQ for better referance.

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Re: packing the bulk substrate [Re: twistedJay]
    #1868120 - 08/31/03 01:12 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)


is it ideal to pack down straw/dung as tightly as possible?

It depends on the ratio of straw to dung.

With a substrate that is composed primarily of straw my friend packs it down as tightly as possible. The more dung he uses, the less he packs it.

He does not pack straight dung at all. He just levels it and after colonization, cases it.


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