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In AFOAF's casing, she's noticing a strong, almost alcoholic/barley smell coming from her casing. She can even smell it in the fruiting chamber without removing the foil on top. The mycel growth seems to be stalled as well, but she can't notice any abnormal growth.
The casing mixture is 60/40 coir-verm. She has another casing which is doing fine, both of them were cased at the same time with the same batch of jars, same casing mixture. Is it normal for coir to reek like this, or should she toss the casing? She's already prepping 4 more grain jars to replace the casing if needed, and she'd rather be safe than sorry.
I'd like to apologize if this has been covered before. Any suggestions/comments are much appreciated
Update - the smell is sour, kinda. Not like a rotting smell though. It almost smells ammonia-ish, but not as sharp? I guess? It's hard to explain. My FOAF looked at the casing up close, with a bright light, and she says that she notices what could be cobweb. Most likely due to lack of air exchange while incubating. She removed the lid and fanned thoroughly, misted with a H202/H20 solution, and the smell seemed to go away temporarily. She then replaced the lid with foil instead (she was using the plastic lid that comes with GLAD containers - she won't be doing that anymore )
She really just wants to know if the mold will utterly reek like that. The smell was really strong. Thanks.