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    #4624292 - 09/06/05 03:12 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

I recently inoculated my first grow attempts, three days ago. I happened to notice hours afterward that most people like the needle against the jar so the spore solution runs down the side. I don't know how I missed that prior to inoculation considering the amount of time I spent researching while waiting for UPS to come a knocking. I imagine the purpose of that technique is to see the myc. growth as early as possible, but I want to be sure I didn't screw up. Also, I understand that excessive moisture can slow colonization. My jars have a little condensation on them but don't have any sort of sludgy stuff or anything. Did I achieve a desirable moisture level? Any words of wisdom?


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Re: cake conundrum [Re: swingline]
    #4624354 - 09/06/05 03:35 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Squirting the spore solution down the sides helps the spores to disperse a little better. As far as the rapidity of seeing colonization, this isn't really an issue. Maybe you'll see definite colonization a little bit earlier, but given the size of the jars, and the fact that some of your spores probably drained down to the bottom, this really shouldn't be an issue.

A little condensation is normal. As long as there isn't any sort of pooling or swishing around going on, you should be fine.
This pic is of a fully colonized jar, but you can see a decent amount of condensation on the sides:


Out of curiosity how are you incubating them?


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Re: cake conundrum [Re: Land_Crab]
    #4624390 - 09/06/05 03:52 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

It shouldn't make a difference. As long as the myc are eating, they'll eventually show.


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Re: cake conundrum [Re: Newbie]
    #4624423 - 09/06/05 04:09 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

I'm incubating with a nice warm house and the laws of physics. I have them on the top shelf of a hallway closet. There about 76 or 77 degrees on average. I am pretty sure they haven't dipped more than a degree below 75 if that. They could be warmer, but I don't think it's worth the effort for 5 or 10 degrees. With the amount of condensation on your jars I may need to add some moisture in the future.


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    #4624555 - 09/06/05 05:20 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

^Probably not. I should say that that condensation didn't really appear until the cakes were colonized.

Through your experimentation, you will discover what substrate with an adequate amount of water/moisture looks like. I recommend taking notes.

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Re: cake conundrum [Re: Land_Crab]
    #4624563 - 09/06/05 05:26 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

The condensation is minimal and seems to be decreasing. I don't think it's a problem. I have many different mixtures for two different types of mushrooms, so the moisture levels vary slightly, but I will remember which ones colonize the best.


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    #4624645 - 09/06/05 07:11 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

If have any cabnets above your refrigerator that may be a good place to try to inc. It gives off enough heat to stay about 5 degrees or more above room temp.


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