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Offlineshroom_muncher
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Few questions from a newb
    #1990938 - 10/08/03 08:06 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Okay this is gonna be my first attempt at growing shrooms and I have a couple questions. Is vermiculite neccessary? Can I use white rice instead of brown? Can I use just plain rice for the entire substrate? How long are the spores good for after you pick them up from the store? I don't have a pressure cooker so I'm gonna just use a big pot to steralize the jars, is there anything I should know about water temperatures or anything? Any extra information would useful too. I don't wanna fuck this up!


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Re: Few questions from a newb [Re: shroom_muncher]
    #1990962 - 10/08/03 08:18 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

1. Following the Tek's gives you the best chance of success, only a person with experience should change them.

2. Vermiculite helps the substrate to hold moisture. You must have the right ratio of food to moister for mycelium to grow.


3. White rice is bleached and has less nutrients than brown. Yielding less food for mycelium, i wouldn't want to try white. If you can't find brown, use wheat flour, wheat flour can be found in any Super Market.(I highly recommend looking from BRF)

4. Spores are viable for about 1 1/2, from what I hear, even longer if they are stored in a cool place.

5. When boiling don't boil at furious boil, i messed up jars because moister enterd the jars because of this. Just a simmer for 1 - 2 hours. The longer the less chance of contamination.

6. sterilization is key.


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Re: Few questions from a newb [Re: ShrooomKing]
    #1990970 - 10/08/03 08:23 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

And if you can't find BRF, just buy a huge sack of organic long-grain brown rice and grind it up yourself. A blender or coffee grinder works well to make it into flour.


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Re: Few questions from a newb [Re: one800chiapet]
    #1991004 - 10/08/03 08:38 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks for the replies. Oh yah, also how much does Vermiculite cost? And where do you get it? Gardening stores? You also said the spores last for 1 1/2, is it 1 1/2 days or weeks?


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Re: Few questions from a newb [Re: shroom_muncher]
    #1991025 - 10/08/03 08:44 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

No spores can last YEARS!!!!! If they are properly stored. I keep mine in the syringes and in the frig. Also Vermiculite is CHEAP I got a small bag for like $2.40 US, and I was able to do 12 + jars and have enough left over for casing. And yes Garden Stores have them, I couldn't find it at Kmart or Home Depot where I live, but at a garden store.


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Re: Few questions from a newb [Re: shroom_muncher]
    #1991031 - 10/08/03 08:45 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

1.5 years or more


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