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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?
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.