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    #2865692 - 07/07/04 06:07 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

We started having light light green circles on top of our casing. Is that contamintation?? And if it is can we just scoop the spots out and it will b okay or will the whole thing b contaminated?? Thanks

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    #2866144 - 07/07/04 08:00 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

If it is already green it is producing millions of spores and more than likely the whole thing will be covered in no time. From what I know there is no saving that casing at this point. You can try scooping out the green and a good bit around it,but Im afraid you will be fighting a losing battle. I know a guy who beat it once though and this is how he did it. He sprayed a mist of 1part bleach to about 200parts water on the mold and the surrounding area to help prevent spreading live spores around when he scooped it out. He then alcohol wiped a spoon and scooped the mold and a couple of inches of healthy casing around it very carefully and slowly to prevent excessive air movement. He rewiped the spoon for each dig to minimize the spreading of the spores as much as possible. He then filled the hole and a bit of the surrounding casing with a layer of table salt. The salt will dessicate the cells of the contams and kill them as well as any myc that it touches. He had a few other little spots here and there in the surrounding area so he repeated the process until they stopped coming up. All in all he lost about one third of the casing as it was covered in salt,but he did get some nice healthy fruits from the other two thirds that made it all worth it. I believe the key to his success was looking over the casing layer with a sharp eye to catch any suspicious looking white(early stage of the mold before green and spores)and quickly removing it and salting it.

I dont know if this will work for you ,but I thought it was worth mentioning. You can find more about using salt if you do a search.

Good Luck and welcome to the Shroomery!

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