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Good casing advice for proper moisture content
    #4119602 - 05/01/05 06:57 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I was reading through The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Staments and I came across something that ya'll might like to hear:

It's important to have a casing layer that's at 90% water content.  An easy meathod for preperation of such a mix is:

Measure out your casing's mixture and exclude 10%, keeping it on the side.  Fully hydrate your other 90% of the dry mix.  After hydration, add back in that 10% and you've got your 90% moisture content!  Then it's ready to sterilize via. microwave or PC.. whatever you do.

What great advice!  :thumbup:

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Sammy]
    #4119716 - 05/01/05 07:22 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

:thumbup:........... :grin:


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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: agar]
    #4119767 - 05/01/05 07:33 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

So simple...yet so good!
Nice find Sammy! :thumbup:

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Tien]
    #4119802 - 05/01/05 07:40 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Also a good spawn formula reccomended by Paul:

Per 1 QT jar:
1 cup rye grain
2/3-3/4 cup water
(water depends on how much your grain absorbs, so experiment a bit)

This recipe should produce 48-52% H2o capacity.

Does it ever end?? Everyone should get this book!

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Sammy]
    #4120873 - 05/01/05 10:41 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Does it ever end?? Everyone should get this book!





Absolutely. I've checked the copy in the local library out many times and it's an invaluable resource.


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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: PhilLesh]
    #4121004 - 05/01/05 11:05 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

:nods head: :thumbup:

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: IGnosticAbhorI]
    #4122388 - 05/02/05 09:47 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Does anyone else use this meathod for hydration??

I've never worked with coir before... could I hold some dry as explained above and add it later after the hydrated coir was drained?? I don't think that'd work.

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Sammy]
    #4122393 - 05/02/05 09:52 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Sammy said:
Does anyone else use this meathod for hydration??

I've never worked with coir before... could I hold some dry as explained above and add it later after the hydrated coir was drained??  I don't think that'd work. 

Sam




Yeah, I dunno about coco coir. It seems like the dried portion wouldn't expand all the way. It could be worth a shot, though.

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Oddish]
    #4122397 - 05/02/05 09:56 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Well, I am doing the 60/40 tek. I suppose I could hold about 8% vermiculite or so of the total amount. That might do the trick. It'd keep it around 90%.

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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Sammy]
    #4122412 - 05/02/05 10:06 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Sammy said:
Well, I am doing the 60/40 tek. I suppose I could hold about 8% vermiculite or so of the total amount. That might do the trick. It'd keep it around 90%.

Sam




I saw in your grow log you picked up some crushed oyster shells. Where'd you get those at? Thanks!


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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: Oddish]
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Re: Good casing advice for proper moisture content [Re: kanpan]
    #4122474 - 05/02/05 10:32 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I got 2 LBS of it at the local farm store / nursery for $1. Pretty rockin'

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