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Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- * 4
    #24739690 - 10/26/17 08:23 PM (3 years, 4 months ago)

EXPERIMENT
To determine exactly how much water
a fully colonized 1/2 pint BRF cake
absorbes during dunking process.



Four BRF cakes were used in the experiment.
Before weighing, each cake was thoroughly rinsed
in cold tap water and wiped dry with paper tissue
until no more moisture could be extracted from
the cake with the paper tissue.



The weight of the cakes throughout the 24 hour dunking process:
                             
After Birth                  73.4g  77.4g    90.9g    80.9g 

After 3 hour dunk      81.0g  87.0g    97.8g    89.3g
Water absorbed 0-3h:        7.6ml    9.6ml      6.9ml      8.4ml     ~ 2.71ml/h/cake between hour 0-3 
After 6 hour dunk      85.2g  94.8g    101.8g    94.7g
Water absorbed 3-6h:        4.2ml    7.8ml      4.0ml      5.4ml     ~ 1.78ml/h/cake between hour 3-6
After 12 hour dunk    90.1g  100.0g  108.1g    99.5g
Water absorbed 6-12h:      4.9ml    5.2ml      6.3ml      4.8ml     ~ 0.88ml/h/cake between hour 6-12
After 24 hour dunk    94.2g  105.1g  113.2g  103.6g
Water absorbed 12-24h:    4.1ml    5.1ml      5.1ml      4.1ml      ~ 0.38ml/h/cake between hour 12-24
Total ~water:        21ml  28ml  22ml  23ml


Hydration after 6 h:      56%    62%    49%    60%

Pics below are of 20ml spore syringes next to BRF cakes to help put into perspective
how much water the four 1/2 pint BRF cakes absorbed each within the first 6 hours of dunk:

Cake 1                              Cake2                              Cake3                              Cake4

(The one and the same cake was used as a model in these 4 photos, but main point is the syringes)


This is how much water cake 2 absorbed in 24 hours



Hope someone can find joy or use from this experiment, I intend on continuing this experimenting and extending it to compare mass vs surface area when it comes to hydration, to investigate bottom watering or 'low surface area watering' instead of dunking and submerging cakes to hydrate them to field capacity. We'll see where this ends :smile: Updates will come for sure.

PS: I know Leopardman did a similar experiment some years ago, I was just curious about exactly how much water a BRF cake 'sucks' up and LM's experiment really didn't tell me that. Also I had already started on this experiment before I learned of LM's post so let's just call this an 'update' on BRF water absorption science :smile:


Other experiments:
WBS hydration methods -[EXPERIMENT]- https://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/24764677
WBS Hydration/Colonization Times -[EXPERIMENT]-  https://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/24824234


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So, why bother saying "why bother"? it is what it is. The purpose is to experiment with procedures that venture outside the norm, is it necessary for growing mushrooms? Big nope. Is it fucking cool to think and experiment? Resounding yes.


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24739700 - 10/26/17 08:29 PM (3 years, 4 months ago)

Neat
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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: The Mycologist]
    #24739786 - 10/26/17 09:17 PM (3 years, 4 months ago)

Interesting information. Thanks


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: camel109]
    #24739795 - 10/26/17 09:22 PM (3 years, 4 months ago)

:takingnotes:


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24771121 - 11/09/17 12:15 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Very well done mate :hatsoff: Actually awesome. So you basically had very similar results to what I had at the time. First 12 hours seem paramount in terms of water absorption

5 shrooms for you :thumbup:


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: LeopardMan]
    #24771634 - 11/09/17 04:20 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

LeopardMan said:
Very well done mate :hatsoff: Actually awesome. So you basically had very similar results to what I had at the time. First 12 hours seem paramount in terms of water absorption

5 shrooms for you :thumbup:




Thanks man, feels good to hear!


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So, why bother saying "why bother"? it is what it is. The purpose is to experiment with procedures that venture outside the norm, is it necessary for growing mushrooms? Big nope. Is it fucking cool to think and experiment? Resounding yes.


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24771639 - 11/09/17 04:23 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Can I add this to my updated pf tek guide?


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Ziran]
    #24771649 - 11/09/17 04:26 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

:derp:

Wauw of course you can man! Thanks!

(feels warm inside)


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24771672 - 11/09/17 04:36 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Went out today and bought 24 jars plus 30 since before that are colonizing right now (testing clones) and now I'm gonna
experiment with the PF Tek recipe as well to see if different amounts of water in BRF cakes gives different colonization times.

So much fun information to extract from Pf Tek alone, can't wait til I get more comfortable around grains and start experimenting in that department too. Much more stuffs to come.


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24771723 - 11/09/17 05:00 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

PF cakes are the way to go if you like to experiment as much as I do :thumbup: Less water content always tends to give you faster colonization times.

Not sure if you already checked one of my old threads but it might interest you.

Good luck :hatsoff:


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: LeopardMan]
    #24771820 - 11/09/17 05:51 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Thanks again! Interesting post btw! Looks like I have to read up on some more of your work! :smile:


And maybe also build a heat bomb



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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #24946060 - 01/27/18 02:42 PM (3 years, 1 month ago)

Dope


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Avery3100]
    #24946340 - 01/27/18 05:18 PM (3 years, 1 month ago)

Excellent research, looking forward to more :thumbup:


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Some Dude]
    #25103369 - 03/31/18 12:19 AM (2 years, 10 months ago)

I know this is an older post but I felt compelled to say...Thank you so very much for this research you did! I'm a noob grower, on my first jars now and just started dunking. This was EXACTLY what I was trying to find out. I'm willing to bet if you were to leave them dunked for another 12hrs the water absorption would have halft again. It seemed very linear, almost predictable in the amount of drop off from one time to the next. Now I know the last 12hrs is minimal. Awesome job!


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Re: Water absoprtion in BRF cakes -[EXPERIMENT]- [Re: Rombino]
    #25103821 - 03/31/18 08:23 AM (2 years, 10 months ago)

I´m glad you found this post helpful, that was exactly my intentions when I made it :takingnotes:
As a curious noob and knew there was gonna be an endless supply of curious noobs wondering about BRF cake hydration. Wonder no more :cheers:


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    #25238759 - 05/30/18 06:56 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Thank you for the write up, very insightful!

Curious about your soaking method...did you place in bags/containers or submerged and weighed down?


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    #25971983 - 05/04/19 01:37 PM (1 year, 9 months ago)

Quote:

shakezoola said:
Curious about your soaking method...did you place in bags/containers or submerged and weighed down?




I second that


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