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Offlinethelittlenemo
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cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic
    #2916725 - 07/22/04 05:52 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I did the whole pftek pretty closely, let the jars sit for a month, and then birthed to find that they all looked pretty pathetic. Not a single one is fluffy. They're completely covered but they just look sickly. Every online pic I see the cake looks like a cottonball. They've been in my incubator for about a week but have no pins. Here's an example of one cake: It's the most yellow of all. Some are a bit more white, but they all share the same weird texture. You can see it's finally growing something fuzzy in patches. Is this thing stalled? What may have gone wrong?



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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2916827 - 07/22/04 06:18 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I cant tell completly but did you use vermiculite? if so it must have been a really fine type. your cakes also look like theres to much BRF if anyhting..


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2916848 - 07/22/04 06:25 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

looks like there is some thing wrong with that cake the yellow stuff is bad. I would trash it. my 2 cents


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: caimen]
    #2917288 - 07/22/04 09:02 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

they looked like any other pf cake when it started. i was really careful with the mixture and stuff. i dunno. and yeah, i used vermiculite and brf in the standard proportion.


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917300 - 07/22/04 09:07 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

are they perhaps too dry? what iss the humidity level? what temperature are you at? are u fanning regularly? are u using any home-thought ideas?


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917365 - 07/22/04 09:29 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

that cake looks fucked, can we see it from the other perspective? All that yellow is dead mycelium, I'm almost sure. I think you somehow killed your cake. Maybe, if you dunked it, did you put bleach in the water?


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: MAGnum]
    #2917376 - 07/22/04 09:32 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

no...i didn't do anything strange. seriously, i followed all the teks so closely. remember, the others don't look so bad. they're still white, but just not at all puffy. i could post a pic of another cake


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917414 - 07/22/04 09:42 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

ok...a couple more cakes. these look a little healthier. but still, for having sat a month i'd think they'd just be going nuts. by the way, i decided to do some minis also, the store had some tiny canning jars in addition to the half pints.


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917431 - 07/22/04 09:46 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Damn,I am positive that the yellowing is all dead surface mycelium. I have no idea man. Good luck.


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: MAGnum]
    #2917451 - 07/22/04 09:50 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

the other cakes don't look too bad. Something is off though. Probably humidity?


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: MAGnum]
    #2917467 - 07/22/04 09:53 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

they're finally getting good (or at least decent) humidity: 95-99%. they looked exactly like this coming out of the jars, however. should i have put more moisture in the cake mix? i steamed them instead of PSing. i heard this dries them out slightly more.


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917489 - 07/22/04 09:58 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, it looks like they are a little dry. Did they colonize at a decent speed??


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: QandA]
    #2917502 - 07/22/04 10:02 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

they colonized really slowly


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Re: cakes refuse to be fluffy - pic [Re: thelittlenemo]
    #2917610 - 07/22/04 10:28 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Looks like the cakes are too dry and the mycelia died off in the first one. As magnum said, it doesnt look like a contam because its not a foriegn substance, just discolored mycelia. A common problem with the PF tek is getting a good texured substrate with the right water content. This is not so much a problem with grains because your casing will provide much of the water.


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