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sterilizing your fruiting chamber
    #2118159 - 11/17/03 10:12 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I did this the other night, and should hopefully be having no problems. it seems like a novel concept to me, so I thought I would share. what I'm using as a chamber is actually a long shallow styrofoam cooler that you could get from a fish market (think the size of a big salmon, same kind of proportions.) which I wiped thuoroughly with bleach about a week ago, let the stink fade, and then when i was ready wiped it down with 70%.

I sterilized the pearlite in the microwave for about five minutes in the microwave. The thing that I did differently was that after I made sure that I wasent going to pour a bunch of water into my fruiting chamber, I took the steaming hot pearlite and placed it directly into the cooler and sealed the thing. my guess would be that it probibly was close to steaming temp for at least a half hour... and although its not a perfect way of sterilizing a container, it should certaintly have worked.

if your using something with clear plastic on top (I will build a tent onto mine as soon as I get pinning) I would recomend a blanket, or better yet all the extra polyfill youve got laying around =) that should help keep the temperatures up for a while.

at this point, all I know is that I'm using a container thats bigger than my mocrowave, and thats life. =)

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Re: sterilizing your fruiting chamber [Re: schorts]
    #2118353 - 11/17/03 11:06 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Tell you the truth,
your fruiting chamber doesn't have to be extremely sterile.

Once the mycelium has colonized the cake, it produces enzymes which battle off contaminate spores. A casing layer is also benefical to keeping contaminates from germinating on the nutrient rich substrate.

But, better safe than sorry....!!!!!!!!

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Re: sterilizing your fruiting chamber [Re: angryshroom]
    #2118372 - 11/17/03 11:14 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Spray it with isopropyl, wipe down and let the alcohol evaporate until you can't smell it.


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