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Using ph Test Strips
    #2188780 - 12/18/03 10:36 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I haven't been here for a while, but I'll go answer some nooB threads if someone will toss me a quick clue.
I ran across some ph test strips, but no directions. Anyone know how to test casing? I was sick most of the year and I'm out of practice, all winter experiments have been disappointing. Although I think I've resolved humidity and temp issues, I think my casing may be contributing.
I've an old 50/50 recipe from before I fell, but I have some coir and want to try something new. Before I risk a lot of colonized popcorn, I'd like to do a little quality testing before casing a batch tomorrow.
Appreciate any help - I'll go try to help others in hopes someone with a clue is here now.
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Re: Using ph Test Strips [Re: babyshroom]
    #2188936 - 12/18/03 11:45 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Like any pH paper immerse it in the moist casing -- smoosh a bit around it and wait a bit. Different strips take different amounts of time, though -- some are almost instant, but a lot of really sensitive ones take like 10 mins. -- it should say on the box if they do. Just make sure the paper actually gets wet, on the coloured part, if it has one -- mix in a bit of water to make it wet . Test to the colour on the box for the pH.

This can get messy, though, and they are really made to test solutions -- it's probably better to bite the buck and get a soil tester from a garden store -- they're usually not that expensive....

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Re: Using ph Test Strips [Re: micro]
    #2189698 - 12/19/03 08:49 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Yep, I whish I had bought the tester, didn't bother to check the price until after I bought these. Got a good deal on Ebay, but should have asked this question first...duh.
These strips say test results appear in less than 10 seconds, but laying it on top of wet casing didn't do the trick. Little dots of different colors all over! I'll try burying it in my new batch of casing (after dipping in distilled water) - think that will work okay?
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Re: Using ph Test Strips [Re: babyshroom]
    #2191173 - 12/19/03 07:35 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah -- you need to actually mix water into the casing material. Standard method for testing soil is 60 cc's water per 10g soil. This will still dilute it a bit, though.

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Re: Using ph Test Strips [Re: babyshroom]
    #2191225 - 12/19/03 08:10 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

For the record:

I' ve never had to adjust ph on coir casings. YMMV, of course.


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Re: Using ph Test Strips [Re: Ben_Stein]
    #2192680 - 12/20/03 12:21 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

i've also never needed to buffer the PH of straight coir casings,the same goes for 60/40 verm/coir.
i only use straight coir now as i belive it holds moisture better than coir/verm my reasoning for this is that i have noticed less shrinkage per flush using just coir than with using a mix.

i prepare my casings in this manner.

bottom layer....half to three quaters of an inch of coir soaked to feild capacity,PC'd then misted when it's layered,this provides the main water resivour.

substrate.....atleast two inches deep,when i crumble my cakes or grains i do it in a new zip-lock bag and add presoaked/PC'd coir to the substrate at a ratio of around 2 parts substrate 1 part coir,this is then generously misted and layed down level and loose,dont pack it down,the coir mixed with the substrate adds anouther water resivour....aka "starters rez-effect tek"

top layer....keep this to a minimum,a quarter inch is pleanty,anymore than a half inch is too much.
using a quarter inch top layer should allow colonisation in 72/96 hours.
patch at birth and wait for shrooms.
a single misting may be needed during colonisation,but no further misting of the casing is required untill after each flush.

this seems to work well for me.



2 pints of BRF/hulled millet cased with straight coir.
27 grams dry first flush,second was 16g.


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