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I go to case four half pint jars tonight, and what do I discover but contams. I'm breaking up my cakes into a large freezer size zip lock baggies when I noticed the one I'm breaking up has green mold. So I go and I toss that jar, get all the pieces out that have the mold as I had already put another jar into the bag before that. So I put aother jar in, its clean. And now, the fourth jar, I open it up and what to I see but extremely vigorous cobweb growth has overtaken the dry vermiculite layer and is reaching into the lid of the jar trying to find a way out! So thats two jars tossed out of four. I case the two good jars and hope for the best. But I've got another two which I'm pretty sure have wet spot/sour rot/whatever. There are four more jars with apprarently healthy mycelium growth that I'm probably going to case soon but who knows, maybe they are all contam'ed two, and maybe my casing is going to contam. Anyway, I'm just feeling down right now because I was thinking of all the time, energy, money, initiative, planning, organization, cleaning, sould, thought, free time, reading, forum perusing, store browsing, paranoia, strees, mail ordering, and everything else that has gone into this endeavour and now it looks to me like I'm going to fail. I've invested myself in this project. Part of me is in it, and most of my waking thoughts are concerns over it. I have put so much into trying to grow these wonderfull mushroom's and all I want is a little back, an eigth or a quarter at least. I really hope it all works out, and if anyone was foolish enough to read all this thanks for little me spill my thoughts and worries. I have no one I can talk to about this really, and I'm feeling shitty about my grow. I know its just mushrooms, its something unimportant, but I put so much into it that if it fails, I would be seeing my greatest efforts, the best I can do, fail, and that would suck.
Thanks for reading if you did and if you didn't I don't blame you.
I know how you feel man. I'm new at this too and had to throw out 6 jars 2 weeks ago because of green mold. Out of the 16 jars I've innoculated 4 were viable, 2 I threw away because I mistook bruising for contam and I'm left with 2. I hope to get 1/8. But I chalk it up to learning. I'm going to keep trying because in the end the mushies are a lot of fun. Hope you stick with it