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    #340626 - 06/14/01 02:25 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Some cakes had not fully colonised the substrate. Theyw ere about 95% done. The 5% area (uncolonised) had a slight browny colour to it and looked kind of mushy/wet. Anyway, AF thought what the hell and cased the cake whole. AFter a while just for curiosity AF dug up the cake and the area before seemed to have turned white with mycelium again.

Was just wondering if this brown patch could have just been mycelium waste. The mycelium may have stopped growing because the jars dried out a bit - summer time here and the temperatures are quite high - which on one hand makes sense as the damp vermiculite in the casing would have allowed it to gro again - but then the brown area was already mushy/wet. ANyone had this before or know what it might be?

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Re: brown [Re: longbong]
    #340650 - 06/14/01 02:56 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

It's kind of difficult to say w/o seeing it. What does the jar smell like?

You could always chop off the uncolonized portion, crumble & case..

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    #340983 - 06/14/01 11:09 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

When cakes grow they shrink as they use up moisture in the cake, my idea is they squeeze everything like a sponge to one side, and the last bit of cake often takes almost as long as 3/4 of the cake. Next time and every time after be PATIENT. Wait for the whole cake to colonize, and then wait another week. Some people get cakes to colonize in a week or two and Newbie's get frustrated when it takes over a month, but trust me, just wait it out, and never dig up a cased cake. Verm layers protect the substrate, exposing to air is asking for other molds to contaminate. It's not rocket science and you may still be ok, but if your very carefull you can 5-10 flushes of mushrooms........Good luck longbong.....

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Re: brown [Re: longbong]
    #340987 - 06/14/01 11:15 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Probably too much moisture. Soggy substrate. Has happened to my monkeys before when they 1st started making whole grain cakes (w/ brownrice). That's why it grew back over. If you left it in the jar(like they did the 1st time it happened) it would have eventualy grown over. peace

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Re: brown [Re: longbong]
    #341088 - 06/15/01 01:41 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Sounds like a wet spot in the substrate. Mycelium will slow growth dramatically in a soggy or dry area of the substrate.

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