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Rate my procedure! (first time growing)
    #2374203 - 02/24/04 02:05 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I just joined the shroomery and this is my first post. I have ordered my supplies and hopefully they will be here by friday so I can get started over the weekend. I typed up the exact directions i plan on following based on the PF Tek and Solo cup tek found in this forum (posted by automan). I would just like any comments on things I should do differently or steps to add in to make the best out of my first grow. Thanks for your help, here is my procedure:

-Mix 1/4 cup brown rice powder, 1/2 cup vermiculite, and 1/4 cup bottled water

-Mix in a large bowl and dump into 1/2 pint jar without packing (Repeat for all jars)

-Clean top of 1/2 pint jar with paper towel and fill to top with sterilized vermiculite

-Poke 4 holes (way top, way bottom, way left, way right) in the 1/2 pint jar lids just big enough for needle to fit in

-If jar lids are two parts, use professional grade masking tape to make them one part

-Put lids on jars loosely and cover with aluminum foil

-put 1" of water in pressure cooker and a grate on the bottom to keep jars from cracking

-Put the lid on and bring the cooker to 15psi over a period of 15 minutes on a medium flame

-As soon as steam begins to escape the top, turn heat down so only a very stmall steady steam escapes from the top

-At this point, pressure cook for 45 minutes

-Let jars cool for 6+ hours and then take jars out and tighten lids (Keep aluminum foil on)

-Shake spore syringe to break up spore clumps and sterilize needle by heating over a flame

-Let needle cool for a couple seconds then take the aluminum foil off the jar and inject a total of 1cc distributed evenly throughout the 4 holes (have needle touch inner wall of jar an inch from the top and let liquid run down the side)

-Put foil back on, put jar in incubator and sterilize the needle again every other jar

-Germination should begin within 3-5 days (If bottom of jar is too wet loosen lid)

-Complete conolization should be complete in 2-3 weeks

-When cake is completely white, birth the cakes by removing the jar lid, use a knife to scrape off the top level of vermiculite.

-Take the jar with the cake in it and turn it upside down and slide it out and put in the dunking container

-Submerge the cake in bottled water for 12 hours in the fridge.

-Take the cake out and drain well, then dab the cake with a paper towel to soak up water droplets.

-Crumble each cake into its own Solo cup and cover with 1/2" of microwaved vermiculite

-Mist until vermiculite on top is damp and spray inside of Solo cup also

-Take a plastic bag and mist the inside and place over the cup and use a rubberband to hold it firmly in place

-Place cups in warm place until first signs of mycelia poking out

-Put cups in the fridge overnight

-The next day put cups in closet to do its thing

-After about 2 weeks, most of the mushrooms should be ready to be picked (let the early growers mature more than the rest to pick them all at once). Use a knife to cut off the mushrooms. Replace missing vermiculite and moist again until damp. Put bag back on to wait for the next flush. Repeat.

-To dry the mushrooms, place them on an opened box covered by a paper towel. Dry for 2 days. Add a 1" layer of desiccant to the bottom of the box. Place this in a plastic bag (garbage bag with tie is fine). Wait 2-3 days and if the stems snap they are done.


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: IxxRoBxxI]
    #2374219 - 02/24/04 02:11 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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IxxRoBxxI said:
-If jar lids are two parts, use professional grade masking tape to make them one part




i've never heard of that...
also you don't seem to mention a fruiting chamber
w/ proper humidification &c, for these solo cups
probably a rubbermaid w/ perilite?
other than that
sounds good now just give it a try and see what happens
also you might wanna think about trying out a small casing depending on how many jars you are doing


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: muse_sick]
    #2374224 - 02/24/04 02:13 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I think the Solo cups are small self-contained casings.


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: Ben_Stein]
    #2374231 - 02/24/04 02:16 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

?i don't get it?
does he put a lid on it or something?
i understood that the solo cup could be a small casing;
but "self-contained"
what keeps up the rh?


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: IxxRoBxxI]
    #2374265 - 02/24/04 02:26 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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IxxRoBxxI said:
-Clean top of 1/2 pint jar with paper towel and fill to top with sterilized vermiculite



Doesn't have to be sterile before sterilizing!

Quote:

-If jar lids are two parts, use professional grade masking tape to make them one part



Skip this. Two parts is normal, usual and OK.

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-Put lids on jars loosely and cover with aluminum foil



Make sure the rubber seal is facing up (not like canning) to allow for better air flow later on.

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-Germination should begin within 3-5 days (If bottom of jar is too wet loosen lid)



Loosen 'em anyway.

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-Crumble each cake into its own Solo cup and cover with 1/2" of microwaved vermiculite



more surface area (= more shrooms) in a foil tray or loaf pan, but you'll need a terrarium.

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-Put cups in the fridge overnight



or not. Remember most refrigerators are bacterial hell-holes.

Looks like you've done your homework.
Good Luck!!


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: muse_sick]
    #2374268 - 02/24/04 02:28 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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musesicksic said:
?i don't get it?
does he put a lid on it or something?
i understood that the solo cup could be a small casing;
but "self-contained"
what keeps up the rh?



A misted baggie attached with a rubberband.


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: Ben_Stein]
    #2374285 - 02/24/04 02:37 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

gotcha sounds good
sometimes simple is better...


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: IxxRoBxxI]
    #2375261 - 02/24/04 11:14 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

sounds like youve got everything covered there.
enjoy your first experience as im sure youll have many more..
and remember patience is k3y!


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: IxxRoBxxI]
    #2375281 - 02/24/04 11:21 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Sounds good, good luck!


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: Anno]
    #2375375 - 02/24/04 11:42 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

If you have a pressure cooker you should just skip BRF and use wild bird seed. Its so much easier and no dam measureing.


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: dobinky]
    #2443849 - 03/17/04 04:53 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

what kind of humidity does this casing require? like 90% or what? i'm gonna try this out starting tommorrow. will post pics. do i get a merit badge or something?


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Re: Rate my procedure! (first time growing) [Re: ]
    #2443910 - 03/17/04 05:23 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

these self contained cup casings keep up their own humidity. Its kinda like chronic invitro tek, of the 2 liter tek, or the lazy mans bulk tubs.
that misted plastic attached to the cup keeps the humudity right.


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