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My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer?
    #2603990 - 04/26/04 09:37 AM (13 years, 29 days ago)

I started a Mico box with popcorn. It took forever to show signs of life. Almost three weeks for visible growth. I am now six weeks into it.
The top half is fully colonized, the bottom is
coated in a yellow liquid. I thought I had mixed it too dry at first but now it is realy wet.
Every time I shake the Mico box the top half will recolonize and the bottom will die off. Same thing happens if I stand it upright or set it on it's side.
The strangest thing is that if you give the mico box a little squeeze, it smells like rootbeer. Really sweet and spicy.
Anybody have any ideas what this might be?


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2604594 - 04/26/04 02:33 PM (13 years, 29 days ago)

The wetness you see is the result or a byproduct of bacterial or yeast contamination. The smell might also point in that direction.
Sorry but i don't believe you can save those, this kind of contamination is very hard to fight.
Be careful when you toss it.

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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: MAIA]
    #2604597 - 04/26/04 02:35 PM (13 years, 29 days ago)

I thought this at first. It grows back after shakeing. The wet does not spread. nd it smells too sweet for yeast.


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2611097 - 04/28/04 01:12 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Anybody else have any ideas? I've gotten two uncontaminated GtoG tranfers from the first mico box. The new jars have the same rootbeer smell to them but they don't have the moisture at the bottom.
I am sure that this is Myc. because I am getting pins in the first jar.


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2612722 - 04/28/04 08:11 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

I vote for bacteria also; You can have varying degrees of infection where the mycelium may win out or pin in contaminated grain. . .this can also depend on the particular contaminant.


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: Suntzu]
    #2612749 - 04/28/04 08:16 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

What contam. smells like rootbeer?


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2614169 - 04/29/04 02:11 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

That's a good question.  I've never heard of that description of a smell before.  It could be a jelly-belly effect where there are a few different bacteria that when smelled together give a rootbeer smell.  I dunno  :tongue:


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2615113 - 04/29/04 07:46 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

Bacteria break sugars into alcohol. Depending on the bacteria, the smell might be slightly different but the process is the same.

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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: MAIA]
    #2615167 - 04/29/04 09:04 AM (13 years, 26 days ago)

If this was a contam, wouldn't it inhibit the growth of the Myc. and or pins?


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Re: My last grow got contaminated with Rootbeer? [Re: cricket]
    #2616109 - 04/29/04 02:19 PM (13 years, 26 days ago)

Sometimes it does but sometimes it doesn't or it goes un noticed (besides the notorious smell of course). There are many variables to consider ....

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