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Invisibleskyler
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past. dung CASING
    #450001 - 11/07/01 10:16 AM (16 years, 9 months ago)

i posted this in the general forum but they never answer my ?'s on dung.
A friend past. some dung (160-180 for 2hrs--pillow case method) let drain for 48hrs, then used it as a casing on colonized grain, covered with foil and poked holes, misting and fanning twice/day.
on the 2nd day he noticed a blade of grass growing from the dung..is this ok??
also, he said it looks like long thin hairs are growing on top of the dung too, is this cobweb mold??
how could he have this already?? Do you think he let it drain too long and got contams?
thanx.



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Invisiblestrang

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Re: past. dung CASING [Re: skyler]
    #450114 - 11/07/01 12:40 PM (16 years, 9 months ago)

odd... i dunno, but probably not contamination because 2 days is short. grass growing, ha... cant hurt anything...


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Re: past. dung CASING [Re: skyler]
    #450164 - 11/07/01 01:22 PM (16 years, 9 months ago)

Heh, you know -- I have tried to answer this. Again, it's much easier to have pasteurized dung in a sealable bag. You would then use the colonized grain as spawn, pouring it into the bag of dung.

The idea behind a casing is to provide a non-nutritional (selective material resistant to contaminants) layer that privides moisture and structural support to primordia, then pins, then mature fruits.

Casing with dung completely defeats that purpose as A) on it's own it's not as effective a moisture reserve as say, peat moss and vermiculite; B) it's a completely nutritional substance, inviting all sorts of contaminants; C) the very nature of composted dung (and its consistency) prevents it from providing suitable structural support for maturing mushrooms.


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Invisibleskyler
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Re: past. dung CASING [Re: Insomnia]
    #450201 - 11/07/01 01:55 PM (16 years, 9 months ago)

i know insomnia--you have and i thank you alot!
my spawn bgas should be coming soon....but i had
already did some casings and innoculating dung from spawn
and i didn't want it all to go to hell.

thanx again.


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