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Im pretty much done with my first batch. Here is My Summary Plz comment.
    #3743433 - 02/07/05 01:16 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Welp i had procrastonated on the idea of

growing shrooms for about 2 years this was

apparent as i just cleaned my basement today

and found notes over 2 years old on what

supplies to buy. Thankfully in december i

got off my ass and ordered some spores. I

obtained a fairly old pressure cooker from

the 70's from my fathers pawn shop scored

some vermicutlite and brownrice flour.

Getting those 2 things alone was a major

bitch, i finaly found the Brf after looking

at wallmart shopko and then finally at fred

myers. The vermicutlite was hard cause its

in the middle of winter but the local

gardening shop has it still in the back. I

bought 12 jars and punched 4 holes in each.

Mixed the vermiculite and brf as in the tek

i got from erowid then closed all of the

jars and wraped them in aluminum foil.

Fine. then came my first problem. I fucked

up and didnt see what the fit would be at

first and i could only fit 8 jars on the

bottom. Shit i had made 12, so i didnt think

filling the PC up more then half way of the

half pint jars was a good idea so i just put

in 8. I would do the other 4 later i

thought. Then just as i got the PC to a boil

with the lid off i realized i didnt have a

wrack so i put a old cloth that had just

been cleaned into the PC. Then my jars

started jumping around... Fuck i looked and

found the problem that the air bubbles were

trapped so i took out the rag boiling hot

twisted the water out burning the fuck out

of my hands and then i went to town on it

with my serated pocket knife. I put it back

in and all was good
About a hour and 15 mins later i shut the

power off and let it sit for about a hour

when the gauge droped as low as it could and

no more steam came out i opened it and let

it sit for about a half our and then took

the 8 aluminum covered HPjars i saw how the

tempature had made the sides black.
I waited about another hour and then

injected the Hp Jars this is were my next

problem came. I orded one 12 cc equadoiran syringe Maby its cause im a big guy

with big hands but i could not evenly

inoculate the dam jars one line on the

syringe at a time as the guide says i ended

up with about 2 cc's in each jar thru 4

spots in the cakes. WHen i goto the last

hole on the 8th jar i realized that i had no

more spores and i was pissed. So i got over

it and wraped them up with a towel and put a

heating pad in with them. Over the next

month they VERY slowly began to get whiter

and whiter. FInaly i had 4 fairly white

cakes and 4 that i thought were bad 2 had

orange spots on then and one was kinda

crumbly the tek had said to pack lightly

witch i know now is bull shit they should be

done slightly firmly or they will break

apart and not grow right. During this

ordeal i had a hard time of keeping the

fuckers warm properly. The heating pad kept

them about 105 or 110. I could not get them

to 80 even. Then about 3 weeks ago i took

the 4 jars and took a totaly clear

rubbermaid case cleaned with alochol put

about 1 1/2 inche of perlite on the bottom

and a pitcher of warm pureified water in to

it. I used the same heating pad on the

bottom of the tank witch with the heat

distribution keeps it at about 83 degrees.

About 4 days ago i took off the shrooms on

one of the cakes and it yielded 4 gram dry.

Cool. Now there are 2 other cakes with some

single fatties but they concern me both have

green discoloration on the tops of the stems

towards the caps. And there both got some

bluish blacking on the tops of there cakes.

thIs this infection? Also one of the cakes

aint growing worth shit. I took that cake

that is completly white abd the one i just

harvested the shrooms off of and put them in

plastic containers with pure water and set

them in the frige for aobut 14 hours. It

really sucks thinking your doing 12 then 8

and then 4 fuck up on you.

So this time im going to try my best to

SLOWLY inject the cakes and im going to be a

bit more anal about asepsis "sterility".

How do i keep the cultures warm evenly? I

have a cold house so room tempature is about

62-65 right now.

How do i go about casing? with this tek? I read a few on the site but it was a bit confusing. My friend just orded 7 dam equadorian syringes and want to help me out making more. I want to get Hi yield this tiem and do casing. Suggestions CommentS?

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Re: Im pretty much done with my first batch. Here is My Summary Plz comment. [Re: Mortland]
    #3743509 - 02/07/05 01:31 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Grats on the 4 grams dry that's a good yield. 105-110 is a little too warm, better too cool than too warm. at 106 mycellium dies. Sry to hear about that discoloration, but i can't see it so am not really in a good position to judge. Have a camera? again congrats. =)

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Re: Im pretty much done with my first batch. Here is My Summary Plz comment. [Re: Mortland]
    #3743537 - 02/07/05 01:35 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Should have waited overnight to inoculate....Jars were probably still really hot in the middle...Distrubing the spores isn't as serious as putting them in hot hot temps...

You said slow colonization....What were the temps?
80-84F is optimal and best...

Packing your jars would make the myc. tissue work to hard...causing them to colonize slow...If you have good myc. growth then the cakes are rather hard to break....

You said one was crumbly and the other had orange spots...If you keep you jars in the same ROOM together with one infected, then chances are ALL with get infected....So you should have watched them more and as soon as you saw signs of contam. you should have isolated it...

Sounds like you got some cobbwebb...It's whispy and kinda white and has bunches of lil white hairs....Not fluffy like cotton( like myc.)

Blueish discoloration is just brusing...No biggie..Black on the caps is probably them just abhorting...If they're mature mushrooms then it's a contam....Can't think of the name off of the top of my head but they're typically green and slimy...If they're slimy then take them out Immediatly....

Fruiting chamber-Keeping the temp. right..Look up magash's PmP...(Poor man's pod)...It works Wonders...

Incubator- Look up TiT or Tub in Tub

Casing....might wanna read a bit more so that you won't fuck up even one cake...think about it....if you case 4 cakes and one has a tiny lil contam on it...then you just lost All four cakes...you think 2-4 is bad? Try losing All of them...Good luck, resilency and patience are the key to this hobby...And damn, i can't believe i wrote all that lol..Good luck


Edit: Congrats on the 4g's :thumbup:
Better some than none eh?...:D

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