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cakes too wet to finish colonizing
    #2045870 - 10/26/03 11:43 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I used six 250ml chemistry beakers with rye flour and vermiculite to start my cakes, and covered the top with a triple layer of aluminum foil before sterilizing. I basically followed the PF tek for simple minds to the letter. Except that I used two 20ml syringes to infect the 6 jars, which I think added a bit too much water.

It's been a little over 3 weeks since I infected them. The 3 layers of foil have stayed on tightly, and I have the jars in some weak indirect light at room temp (about 26C or 77F). The mycelia have colonized the jars well, and none of them have been contaminated.

But they haven't made as much progress as they should have, and are showing no signs of being ready to fruit. The white strands seem very reluctant to colonize the bottoms of the jars, where a small amount of water has collected. There's condensation on the walls too.

How should I deal with these jars so they'll fruit by mid November? I thought about inverting the jars, loosening the foil to allow a bit of air in, or even doing a bit of both, and letting any excess water drip out. Are any of these good ideas?

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Re: cakes too wet to finish colonizing [Re: FungiJumping]
    #2045877 - 10/26/03 11:47 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

You want to flip em over. But if the substrate is too dry than gravity will prevail. Your containers are at fruiting temps right now so they are undoubtedly colonizing slowly.

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