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Casing after cakes have colonized
    #3757257 - 02/09/05 07:00 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Alsright so I got my mycobags and have inoculated them. After they are fully colonized I am going to case them to increase the yeild. First, I need to know if it is neccassry to bake or microwave the peat and verm layer? Second, if I buy a plastic box do i need to bleach it or wash it with alcohol to sterilize that?

So here my plan. Get a standard 10 gal plastic box. Put my four cakes (cambodian, ecuadorian, thai, and Classic P.) on top of a layer of perlite with water for humidification. then make my caseing out of peat and verm. for lighting a string of christmas lights. the lid will have a few holes in it to vent.

Is this gonna work or am I just screwing myself.


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: Sucellos]
    #3757284 - 02/09/05 07:03 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

You can sterilize your casing mix if you want, it's optional. 5 minutes in the microwave stirring halfway through always works fine for me. It's good practice to sterilize your casing/fruiting containers also, yes.


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: Sucellos]
    #3757294 - 02/09/05 07:04 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

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First, I need to know if it is neccassry to bake or microwave the peat and verm layer? Second, if I buy a plastic box do i need to bleach it or wash it with alcohol to sterilize that?



Yes...Microwave the peat/verm for 5 minutes(after you get it moist enough--stir it once half way thru the 5 min[with a sterile utensil]. Just wipe down your casing container with the alky and youll be fine.

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So here my plan. Get a standard 10 gal plastic box. Put my four cakes (cambodian, ecuadorian, thai, and Classic P.) on top of a layer of perlite with water for humidification. then make my caseing out of peat and verm. for lighting a string of christmas lights. the lid will have a few holes in it to vent.

Is this gonna work or am I just screwing myself.



You will break those cakes up in pieces in a container then put you peat/verm on top of it. Read up more about casings. If your going to fruit just the cakes then read up more about cakes as your post is a bit confusing.


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: dobinky]
    #3757745 - 02/09/05 07:53 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

i thought you could just bury the cake in the casing layer. If i was not going to break it up then do I even have to put the casing layer on it or can I just leave the cakes on top of the perlite layer? Would it increase the yeild to break up the cakes?

Will the christmas light lining the box be bright enough.
and do you think that I will need to use that two tub with water in the middle heater method?


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: Sucellos]
    #3757810 - 02/09/05 08:04 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

i think you need to read the guides again.


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: dobinky]
    #3757984 - 02/09/05 08:44 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

so I have 4 cakes. Each in its own seperate container with 50/50 caseing layer on it. They are going into a 10 gal tub with .5 in. perlite and water in the bottom. This tub is lined with white christmas lights. The tub with all the crap in it is sitting in another one half filled with water and with a fishtank heater floating in it.

where am i going wrong?


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: Sucellos]
    #3758050 - 02/09/05 08:59 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Thats fine but you didnt explain yourself, I didnt know what you where talking about either. BTW I would ditch the second tub and fishtank heater and just fruit at room temp. Just use the main tub by itself - OR just fruit them as cakes since your only using 1 cake per casing anyway and probably wont see that much more yield over a properly fruited and dunked cake.

If you go that route just stick them back in half pint jars and fill with distilled water for 12 - 24 hours, then put the cakes on jar lids filled with moist verm and set them in the container on top of the perilite, you can put a little verm on top of each cake and add some water to the cake as it fruits to keep it hydrated.


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Re: Casing after cakes have colonized [Re: OZZ]
    #3758394 - 02/09/05 10:10 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

i need to make sure this will work. I have four mycobags with rye berry. I inoculate them with spores. Put them in the dark until colonized. Then I remove the colonized substrate and put it in a pan. cover that with a casing layer. So i have four small pans with a colonized substrate under a casing layer. I put all four of them on a 1/2 in or perlite and water inside a big tub with indirect light.

Is this right?


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