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substrate too dry?
    #2443682 - 03/17/04 04:05 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'm doing my first grow project right now, which is going to be cased popcorn with Puertos. I have 5 quart jars of fully colonized popcorn now, after using 1 to transfer grains to 30 other jars (too big for first project?).

Anyway, I have a feeling my popcorn might be too dry. The mycelium isn't really all that fuzzy and there's not condensation on the walls of my jars. I don't know if it's supposed to be like that. The mycelium is pretty much just clinging around all the kernels like paint (after I shook up the jar for grain-to-grain transfer). I was expecting a real fuzzy wet-looking mycelium.

Should I inject some distilled water into my jars and shake it up real good before casing?
Would it be smart to have a sterile layer of damp vermiculite or perlite at the bottom of my substrate?

in addition:

What is the best way to sterilize casing? I'm using 50/50 verm/peat. Should I just load it into jars and PC for an hour? I read about using a microwave but I would think a pressure cooker would work better, no?

Thanks in advance. :beer:


Edited by reckard (03/17/04 04:21 PM)


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Re: substrate too dry? [Re: reckard]
    #2443725 - 03/17/04 04:11 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

If mycelium is growing, you're probably OK. What method did you use to hydrate your grain to begin with? When you ask about the best way to sterilize substrate, what you mean is casing layer. The substrate is your corn. Anyway, if your substrate is completely colonized, sterility is not as much of an issue because there is no nutrients available for bacteria to grow on. That's why microwaving is 'good enough' for your casing layer so you don't have to go through the time and trouble of PC'ing. Best of luck!


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Re: substrate too dry? [Re: mockeylock]
    #2443753 - 03/17/04 04:20 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks for the quick response! I pretty much followed the "Popcorn Tek w/pics" except using yellow popcorn and polyfill lids. I soaked for about 24 hours. It said on there to drain for 30 minutes, but I actualy only drained for about 20 because it wasn't leaking any more water.

...oops about the switching "substrate" for "casing"... you get the idea.


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Re: substrate too dry? [Re: reckard]
    #2443846 - 03/17/04 04:51 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I always heard that substrate is better too dry, than too wet.


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Re: substrate too dry? [Re: Arrakis]
    #2445845 - 03/18/04 02:29 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I noticed a few of my grain jars geting dried so i added few drips of distilled water with a syringe and than mixed the stuff ... The mycelium was growing like before , maybe a bit faster ...
If the mycelium grows then there is nothing to worry about , if it grows slower or stops growing then add some water like i did ...

The problem that i had is that i left my lid holes ( 5 of them , 3-4 ml large ) covered just with filter paper and the water escaped the jars ... Then i added water and taped the holes ...

Should i let one hole open for air exchange ?


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Re: substrate too dry? [Re: baltazar]
    #2446413 - 03/18/04 09:50 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

That would probably be sufficient, if it's filter paper. I made polyfill inserts for each of my jars, with holes about 1 cm diam. Seems to be working okay, but maybe moisture is escaping through those holes...  :confused:


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