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OfflineMrBoom
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Using spent cakes for casing?
    #2747006 - 05/30/04 03:58 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

Can anyone give me their thoughts on using cakes that have already had 3 to 4 flushes and crumbling them up and using them for casing. I was thinking of just adding a layer of nutritious substrate in with the crumbled up cake layer, not sure how effective this would be though.


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Re: Using spent cakes for casing? [Re: MrBoom]
    #2747028 - 05/30/04 04:04 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

the casing is suppose to be non nutritive. it is there to hold moisture in. I'm sure somebody has tried it, but verm/coir/peat is listed because it is tried and true. go with what is known to work.


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Re: Using spent cakes for casing? [Re: empath]
    #2747098 - 05/30/04 04:25 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

I believe he was referring to using the spent substrate as spawn and adding it to new substrate and making a casing out of it. This could work but it will be quite slow as the mycelium has just done fruiting and will have to revert back to colonization.


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Re: Using spent cakes for casing? [Re: MrBoom]
    #2747108 - 05/30/04 04:29 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

This is what I did as an experiment recently.

Took some spent cakes - maybe 8 of them all 1/2 pints.

Used a clean knife and cut the cores out of the middle.

The reason I did this was to get rid of any contams that might be starting to form on the outside of the cake. I was left with these small octagon looking cakes.

I then put them all into a large ziplock and added a mixture of h20-h202. Just enough to turn my cakes into a slushy. Dont worry about hurting the mycelium it will come back very repidly. So mash that shit up! I then pasturized a small amount of "Alfalfa King" Oat,Wheat, and Barley hay that I bought from the pet store. They come in 1 pound bags.

Note: the purpose of this experiment was to see if hay from the petstore was a viable alternative to purchasing straw.

So I pasturized a small amount of the hay in my oven. Drained and let cool. I then mixed with spent cake slushy. Incubated for about 4 days, then cased.

The experiment worked out just fine, and I am now moving on to a bulk grow using the hay instead of trying to find straw.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Using spent cakes for casing? [Re: MrBoom]
    #2747786 - 05/30/04 10:00 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

I can tell you one thing break up your old cakes put them outside mixed with some nice moist poo or hay or anything that wont attract mice squirels or other pests and in a couple months when it rains check on them
it works for a friend of mine so it just may work for you!


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