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Mushroom Colonization Medium comparison
    #2746148 - 05/30/04 11:21 AM (13 years, 27 days ago)

AFOAF had told me of their success and content with millet and a pf tek 1/2 pint jar method of inoculation.  I had read of barley being a good medium as well.  So I innoculated 12 1/2" jars with 4 different strains of exotic gourmet mushrooms, each strain had three jars, 1 millet, 1 barley and 1 50/50 millet & barley.  My speculation up front was that the mix would do best due to my observation of how it seemed to be of a preferred consistancy.  My observations were correct, using my own slightly altered version of a grain based pf tek jar setup i inoculated in one fouled swoop all 4 strains (ahem, blue/pink/yellow oyster, etc... :wink:) in all 12 jars and placed them the incubator incubating at 86.1 deg/fer.  48 hours later my inspection of the jars showed that the third strain on the mixed jar had colonated nearly 50% of the millet & barley mix, aggressive mycelium growth was noted on 2 of the other 3 strains on only the mixed jars.  Minor growth has been noted 72 gours in on all other jars but not nearly as much as the m/b mix.  Barley being the second better of the two.  Any comments suggestions/comments or similar results? 

PS> Jars were shook good 24 hours after innoculation then placed upside down.  This is my first post, been lurking for a while!  Hey all!


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    #2746161 - 05/30/04 11:27 AM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Welcome.

Well this is rye, you may want to give it a shot.

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If my rye jars don't fininsh in 9 days, I junk em.


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Re: Mushroom Colonization Medium comparison [Re: Magash]
    #2746270 - 05/30/04 12:17 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Thanks for the suggestion, I whent with millet and barley due to the local hippy co-op's lack of rye. So I have a bag of it coming in with my new pressure cooker from mycosupply.com I had also read several complimentary reports on rye based growing. Also I have read your previous posts and threads and found them very informative, thank you for your contribution. I'm about to make my first casings, I plan on making at least two of four trays casings with the m/b combo and the rest will be with the rye. Do you have a recommended casing mix list for these mediums? I beleive i read something along those lines in a previous post of yours but can't pull it off the top of my head.


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    #2746277 - 05/30/04 12:19 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

You know, I've just been using 75%coir and 25% verm. You don't have to be exact it's not rocket science or anything. I'm all about keeping it as simple and easy as possiable.



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Re: Mushroom Colonization Medium comparison [Re: Magash]
    #2746292 - 05/30/04 12:25 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

So you're using no grain in your casing mix am I right? Are there any drawbacks to breaking up a fully colonized cake into the same grain base it was grown off and spreading that out evenly over the bottom of the casing tray and adding a layer if jiffy mix over the top?


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    #2746312 - 05/30/04 12:31 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Just break up the cake. Try and break it into more grain and that just opens the doors wide open for contams.

Well I use rye grain in the casing substrate mix, but not the casing layer mix.


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Re: Mushroom Colonization Medium comparison [Re: Magash]
    #2746316 - 05/30/04 12:34 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

That's my intent, so far everything's going good, and I keep everything very sterile, so here goes nothing, if I lose 2 trays it's in the name of science and no big deal.


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    #2746319 - 05/30/04 12:35 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

:goodluck:


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Re: Mushroom Colonization Medium comparison [Re: Magash]
    #2746376 - 05/30/04 12:51 PM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Thanks alot man!


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