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Thanksgiving break going to screw up my hard work?
    #455660 - 11/12/01 01:51 AM (21 years, 10 months ago)

Ok I went with the pf tek and I only had a syringe and I used it on 12 jars, so the process is taking time, which is fine. Its been 3 weeks today and my jars are about 60% covered with white, but because i'm going to be leaving town in 2 weeks for the thanksgiving break I don't want to fruit or case my jars just yet. I'm wondering if theres a way to perserve my jars for that amount of time, so when i get back from break they will be ready to go!

I'm also going with the 50/50 casing and I'm having a problem tryiung to figure out how to steralize/pasturize my mix. I don't have a pressure cooker, whats the best way, and should i mix it first. Also should i steralize my perlite, and if so how?

Thanks, I appreiceate any responces.


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Re: Thanksgiving break going to screw up my hard work? [Re: bothof]
    #455696 - 11/12/01 03:22 AM (21 years, 10 months ago)

Becareful of leaving the mycelium in the jar too long, it needs a level ammount of moisture and air. Since you'll be gone for about 2 weeks, it wont be that long, but it should be done just in time. Personally, what I think you should do is take the most colonized jar with u that way u have an idea of how the other jars are doing. Just take it and see if it has any problems. Also, you should see about getting a pressure coooker. If not, just use oven bags and leave the heat running higher to sterillyze. Make sure you have a good ammont of water. I did this technique a couple days ago and the water evaporated, the bag burnt a bit and the vermicute/brown rice made a nasty burnning smell. not good! Oh yeah, and mix your stuff and make sure there is good moisture level in there. A large ammount of substrate means a bigger chance of contamination. So you should becareful.

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Re: Thanksgiving break going to screw up my hard work? [Re: bothof]
    #455901 - 11/12/01 11:14 AM (21 years, 10 months ago)

i think i'm going to have the same problem... though i'm assuming your thanksgiving break (like most others) is only 4 or 5 days, and that it just starts in two weeks. if it's taken your jars 3 weeks to get to 60%, you'll probably be fine leaving them. i left some of my jars over fall break and they ended up staying in the jars for over a week at 100%. They're fruiting now, though the yields haven't been tremendous, there's plenty for me :) so i think you should be fine leaving them. just don't start heating them now so they speed up.

as far as the 50/50 casing. that's what i'm using now, and it's my first time casing, so i'm no expert. personally, i got mine wetter than i wanted it and then just nuked it for 20 minutes. i had what i think was a tiny problem with cobweb, but that was 2+ weeks in, and i don't think it was a sterility problem. so for sterilizing in a dorm i would give the microwave a try. any reason why this isn't a good idea guys?

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Re: Thanksgiving break going to screw up my hard work? [Re: rooster]
    #455970 - 11/12/01 12:28 PM (21 years, 10 months ago)

my friend is going to have the same problem he has a rubermade tub (straw and Worm poo) half colonized and has to go to california for turkey week so hopefully the shrooms won't need to be picked untel that monday.

good luck to all

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