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Seeking Clarity as Regards Casing Tek
    #3320221 - 11/04/04 04:23 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I have pretty well gotten the cake method down and am having good success with this, so now I am ready to move on to casing. But I am seeking some clarity on some matters. The TEK I am considering is the one that says it is the easiest. For now I am sticking to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method, and so have chosen what looks like the easiest method. So here is the TEK:

1) Follow PF Tek or MMGG method until you have a fully colonized

2) Wet vermiculite and put in sterilizing container, sterilize and
let cool.

3) Sterilize fruiting container and let cool.

4) Add 1/2" (1cm) or more vermiculite layer to bottom of fruiting

5) Crumble or leave cake whole over bottom layer.

6) Cover cake with damp, sterilized vermiculite (note: some growers
suggest leaving crumbled cake without casing until it starts to
grow mycelium again (24+ hours))

7) Cover fruiting container with foil or plastic wrap, poke holes in

8) Let stand.


Step 2: There is no clarity here whatsoever. How wet do I get the
vermiculite. What do I use as a sterilizing container. How do
I sterilize it?

Step 3: How do I sterilize my fruiting container? What do I use as a
fruiting container?

Step 8: Where do I let it stand? Does it require the same humidity
and temperature requirements as cakes do?

Final Question: Given the vague'ness of the TEK, do any of the old hands around here have any general wisdom to give that can help me avoid any easy to overlook fatal errors so as to have a good successful first grow? Thanks.

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Re: Seeking Clarity as Regards Casing Tek [Re: sammy_the_boob]
    #3320367 - 11/04/04 05:06 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

i'd use 50/50+ or verm+coir instead of plain verm. i'd also use perlite instead of verm for the bottom layer. but i'm not where near an old hand at this, that's just what i've gathered from my research.

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Re: Seeking Clarity as Regards Casing Tek [Re: xistenz]
    #3320584 - 11/04/04 06:04 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

wet the verm until when u squeeze it it barly drips a drop and then afoaf likes to place in a bowl and microwave for 10 min then allow to cool. other people have reported sucess with out sterilizing.

Your fruiting container should be wiped down with rubbing alcohol prior to casing.

let it stand in the dark until the mycelium starts to colonize the top layer. try to place back in the incubator if u have the room. u might need to patch, etc according to the mycelium growth.

finally, do all of this in a clean enviroment, wear gloves and a mask and practice good cleanliness techniques and you should be fine.

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