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OfflineCactusMonkey
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Strong ammonia smell in casing
    #2988582 - 08/10/04 11:20 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

AFOAF had two 1 pint jars of EQ that took about 6 weeks to fully colonize. He just cased them. But there was a very strong ammonia smell. One other jar is about 3/4 colonized, with the rest of the substrate being very yellow. He figures it is probably bacteria but is it ok to go ahead with the casing?


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Re: Strong ammonia smell in casing [Re: CactusMonkey]
    #2988877 - 08/11/04 12:34 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

That doesn't sound too promising. Small amounts of bacterial contamination can usually be salvaged, but it sounds like it's a bit much. I know it's frustrating, but it's best to let it go. Especially if there is a strong odor. . .there's very successful bacteria in there. Definitely pitch the one that has 1/4 yellow; not worth it. If you're careful and the other ones are indeed 100% colonized, you might try birthing them, and breaking them in half. If everything looks like mycelium, it might be worth a peroxide dunk and casing attempt. Just remember that any strong smells indicate a lot of bacteria. If you really want to go this route, please be careful messing with the questionable jars.
6 weeks is a very long time for colonization, even at room temp; another sign that things were amiss.

*edit. . .I need to read more carefully; the first ones have already been cased.


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Re: Strong ammonia smell in casing [Re: Suntzu]
    #2993088 - 08/11/04 10:27 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Thanks for the info It probably is best to just pitch it and start over. No biggie as long as something is learned from the experience.


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Re: Strong ammonia smell in casing [Re: Suntzu]
    #21603190 - 04/27/15 11:41 AM (3 years, 1 month ago)

What if ammonia smell comes from fully colonized, possibly spent substrate?


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