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Hi, I ordered and received some colonized Reishi dowels from Fungi Perfecti only to find that they are contaminated with green mold spores. Granted they are intended to be used to inoculated wood. I am trying to use them to create spawn on a modified PF style substrate, but to only have it contaminate. My attempts at using a sawdust/peroxide substrate (Rush Wayne?s method) seems to be working well, as the peroxide kills the mold spores. My question is: What would work best to "clean" these dowels of the mold spores? My thoughts are (1) use a 1.5% H2O2 solution and soak them in it for a couple hours in the fridge, or (2) use a 1 part per 200 solution of bleach and soak it similarly. Anyone have a suggestion of which one would work best or of a better solution?
FP is a professional and honest outfit. let them know what happened, and i'd be really surprised if they didn't replace them. after all, the dowels cost them next to nothing, whereas their reputation is everything.
Yes if I can find my order number I may let FP know. But I would like to get these clean of weed spores. I am actually very happy with my enriched peroxide Oak sawdust, the Reishi is just tearing through it. But I have one modified PF jar (1/2 pt) that was contaminated with mold and the Reishi has ripped through it also, devouring the mold! Only it will be no good as spawn due to the presence of weed spores...
Since I have had no comments about which method to use to kill the mold spores on the dowels I think I will try the bleach soak. I will post the results.