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InvisibleChibboleth
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Tons of trouble getting casings to pin, contams suspected
    #4337765 - 06/26/05 01:01 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I'd like to get some input on a current grow, if possible. I've been directly casing pint jars of birdseed. The first four casings went over a month with no pins in good conditions, and I've pretty much given up on those now. The next three casings that I made to replace them, one of those is pinning but the pins look extremely dubious, they've got a gray color to them. I'll know for sure as they get bigger, but they've got at the very least a vicious case of dry bubble or possibly cobweb.

My colonized jars haven't got any mold that I can see, and they don't look/smell like they've got bacterial problems (though on some of them the jar bottoms never colonized.) Anyone ever seen this before? It is possible I got bad syringes? I'm trying to think of potential vectors for contamination and not really coming up with anything. I'd like to figure out some way to see if my remaining jars are alright or not.


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Re: Tons of trouble getting casings to pin, contams suspected [Re: Chibboleth]
    #4337808 - 06/26/05 01:18 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Nope not bad syringes, if they were bad you wouldn't have gotten colonization.

Tell us more about your fruiting chamber, they obviously are lacking fresh air or humidity, also may require a cold shock.


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Re: Tons of trouble getting casings to pin, contams suspected [Re: kronnyQ]
    #4337886 - 06/26/05 01:36 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

The fruiting chamber is a rubbermaid tub that's had some holes punched in it. Near the top sticks in a hose coming from a cool mist humidifier, and the other holes are near the bottom and stuffed with polyfill. The hygrometer claims the air in there as being between 85%-100% (depending on if the a/c is on, as far as I can tell). This strikes me as odd because there is no standing water of any kind in the chamber, not even condensation on the sides. The hygrometer is a cheapie and I don't really trust it, a nicer one should be in on Monday.

The thing is, this is not my first time casing birdseed, and previous adventures worked great. I added the cool mist this time after the original four casings wouldn't pin.


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