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OfflineOmegaRed
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Balancing the pH of your casing mix.
    #2317232 - 02/09/04 11:35 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

How important is it to add calcium carbonate or hydrated lime to your casing mix to balance the pH?


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: OmegaRed]
    #2317654 - 02/09/04 01:55 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

If your casing is too acidic, myc. will colonize it at a retarded rate or not at all.


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: OmegaRed]
    #2317747 - 02/09/04 02:21 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

it depends on your casing material. as long as you aren't using peat moss, you don't need to use a pH buffer at all. if you're anticipating many flushes over a long fruiting period, you should buffer the casing. otherwise, unless you're using peat moss, it really isn't essential.


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: ]
    #2317872 - 02/09/04 02:57 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Why is it good to use when expecting more flushes (does pH drop over time)? Thanks.
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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: ]
    #2317889 - 02/09/04 03:00 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Which is better to use, calcium carbonate or hydrated lime (assuming I can find either one)? I've heard somewhere that hydrated lime is a bit of an overkill for a casing mix.


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: Che_Night_Soil]
    #2319023 - 02/09/04 08:33 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Why is it good to use when expecting more flushes (does pH drop over time)? Thanks.

mushroom wastes are acidic. the drop in pH over time is bad news.

Shroomery FAQ: Casing material pH and why it is important


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: ]
    #2319030 - 02/09/04 08:35 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Thanks.


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Re: Balancing the pH of your casing mix. [Re: OmegaRed]
    #2319035 - 02/09/04 08:35 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Which is better to use, calcium carbonate or hydrated lime (assuming I can find either one)? I've heard somewhere that hydrated lime is a bit of an overkill for a casing mix.

Shroomery FAQ: What is the difference between limestone, lime, and quicklime?

Shroomery FAQ: Can I use hydrated lime in my casing mixture?


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