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Light shocking jars?
    #2251472 - 01/18/04 11:46 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Well this probably isn't 'advanced' per se but I just thought I'd toss the idea around and see what you shroomerites think. I've noticed that if I leave my jars in the open a week or so before they're fully colonized they seem to go into their fruting stage while in the jar. I THINK this because the mycellium bruises blue when I spawn with these jars whereas jars kept in the dark don't bruise. Maybe this is just a coincidence. But moving on, the benifit to this I think is quicker pinning times.

The last casing I made with a jar that had been 'light shocked' took 7 or 8 days from spawning to pinning!! This might not be impressive to some of you, but most of my previous casings took 2 - 3 weeks for the same process. It could be a coincidence but I'm wondering if anyone has noticed this themselves?

Sorry if I'm just realizing something that's already been widely known, but I haven't read anything like this myself yet.

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Re: Light shocking jars? [Re: DocPsilocybin]
    #2251489 - 01/18/04 11:52 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

maybe im not understanding you correctly but, yes its well known that light initiates pinning. although there are studies(ref TMC) that show 1 millisecond of 480nm wave length is sufficient for pinning.

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Re: Light shocking jars? [Re: DocPsilocybin]
    #2255086 - 01/20/04 05:43 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Expose to light from day one. There is no reason at all to ever have your mycelia in the dark. Darkness will only delay pinning.

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Re: Light shocking jars? [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #2255924 - 01/20/04 01:42 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I feel the same way.

[quote]RogerRabbit said:
Actually, it's very easy to isolate a super producing sclerotia strain.

Follow the strain isolation technique on Let's Grow Mushrooms, and then select sectors early which are brown in color.  By the second or third transfer, you'll see stones developing, and this is only about 1 month after the original swipe of spores on agar.

Now, take each stone and move it to a new dish.  Soon, the mycelium will grow out and you'll see fresh stones developing, and if they're good strains, the sclerotia is forming long before the mycelium reaches the edge of the plate.  Pick strains which form four or five stones within two weeks and use these for your grain masters.
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