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A few newb questions if you dont mind...
    #4734267 - 09/30/05 12:58 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

'ello fellow psychedelic freaks!

Let me start off by saying that I'm not entirely a newb when it comes to the basic concept of 'how to grow mushrooms.'

I've had one prior failed attempt...  :frown:  This was a few years ago, so I've re-read the basic tek, but still have a few questions.

First, foremost, and most important, is a light source really necessary?  I want this to be as stealth as possible and so having a window on the top of my container isn't exactly ideal...

If it is absolutely required, would it be possible to place a light inside the container?

I plan on using a decent sized solid color rubber-maid with a lock on lid.  I'll use some thin weather stripping to ensure an airtight seal when the lid is on.  But see I don't want a fucking window on it...  That would enable anyone who happened to open my closet a 'window' into the happenings...  And this is, as I said before, not ideal...

To keep the humidity up I'm going to put a fish tank bubbler inside the container.  I don't need alot of room for the cakes as I don't plan on having more than 4 cakes at a time...

I guess thats it for now.  I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future, but this one is critical to the planning stage...  As I said, this operations must be 100% stealth.

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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4734288 - 09/30/05 01:03 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

my first grow went great and i just had a blue light inside my closet. I'm sure you'll hear this from other people so i might as well be the first to say it, hiding your grow isn't always smart, and if you are hiding it from your parents then you should respect them. Now that that's out of the way.
you probably won't need a bubbler, just mist once in a while. A little light is necessary but not much. Don't make any of your chambers air tight, air exchange is very very very important. Don't be afraid to ask questions, but don't be afraid to accept suggestions either. Good luck!


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: PsychosMind]
    #4734330 - 09/30/05 01:17 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Nah, I'm hiding it from my fascist (college) appartment managers, that and my room mates are total dicks and might turn me in for it...  my parents are 800 miles away :wink:

Either way I accept the risks, and take full responsiblity for my actions.  I'm sure that many would advise me to just wait...  However this is something I'm willing to take a risk on.  And quite honestly, not helping me based on a bias against my situation will only serve to do me more harm as my mind is made up. 

I'm only going to pull one grow.  I've always enjoyed growing my own pot outdoors.  Theres something so much more satisfying about injesting a drug you created yourself.

That being said ::

Would I be able to get away with just putting a lamp in the closet once in while with the lid off (as in while alowing for air exchange)?

Or should I try to figure out some other way to exhange the air?  I'd like to have it as contained as possible so as to not smell up the closet, and from what I've read it would be possible to have a self contained unit...  However I would have to access it atleast once, most likely twice, per day to alow the trapped air to be replaced with fresh air.

During this time they would recieve light.  Would that be enough?


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4734336 - 09/30/05 01:20 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I think your odor fears are not well founded. You only notice an odor from mushies if you get reall really close and stick your nose up to the cake (unless there is a contam issue). They mostly smell earthy in my experience, it's very mild.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: PsychosMind]
    #4734410 - 09/30/05 01:39 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

its hard to keep your humidity up with the lid off man.  if you truly want to make it stealth just get an opaque container and buy like two of those tap lights at walmart.  Stick the lights on the underside of the lid and you wont have to worry about anything :smile:


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: coda]
    #4734442 - 09/30/05 01:48 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I used an LED light that I powered from my USB connection (so I could remotely turn it off from anywhere in the house, and put a cron script to do the same).  Worked fine :smile:


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: oniq]
    #4734475 - 09/30/05 01:55 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

LEDs are the wrong spectrum of light, use florecents.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: LazyGnome]
    #4734477 - 09/30/05 01:55 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

are you sure, i read LED's are what you need...


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: PsychosMind]
    #4734828 - 09/30/05 03:10 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Tap light idea seems killer!

Though I'm not sure what type of light it actually is... Or if that even matters...

I'm sure light spectrum is a topic of debate.

So now my question is how do I deal with air exchange if I'm not going to use the simple take the lid off method.

I cant afford anything fancy... No humidifiers for me, I'm going to go with the damp perlite + spray method. I found a sturdy fine mesh object with about 2" clearance underneath that should work well for supporting the cakes and keeping them off the perlite.

hmm... Do I need to sterilize the perlite?

Does it even sound like I have a chance? or any understanding of what this takes at all...

I'm not so sure I know what I'm doing.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4734835 - 09/30/05 03:13 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

course you have a chance. i agree with the taplight. why don't you wanna fan? i fan like once a day....


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: PsychosMind]
    #4734891 - 09/30/05 03:38 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

ohhhh so you mean I could just open it up once a day and use a fan to suck all the old air out?

Like not take the lid all the way off, but rather just crack it open, stick the fan in the crack (blowing out of course) for a couple of minutes, spray, and be done with it?


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4734898 - 09/30/05 03:40 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

On a side note, I have a nice digital camera that takes hella sweet macro shots, so if I run into any contamination issues, and even if I don't (cross fingers), I'll have some nice photos of this opperation.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4734907 - 09/30/05 03:42 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

yep you can do that,anything to circulate the air. We all look forward to seeing how your grow goes. Actually you aren't the first to post about under-cover growing, so if you are successfull i'm sure it will be usefull to many people.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4735512 - 09/30/05 09:52 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

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Tap light idea seems killer!





Tap lights suck, not because of the spectrum, but because of the life of the batteries. The batteries only last for about 8- 12 hours of continuous operation.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: FooMan]
    #4735621 - 09/30/05 10:39 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

hmmm....put a lock on your closet, then do whatever the hell you want in there.

if privacy is an issue then it will be more than hiding ONE tub. you have your incubating, fruiting and drying stages. doing only 4 jars at a time may make it easy for you to convert your incubator into a fruiting chamber(FC).

but, as those guys mature you are still gonna need to dry your shrooms while you are still fruiting others. you can't dry them in the FC while your still growing.... which means you will need more than just ONE tub of space at the same time.


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Overgrown_face]
    #4735774 - 09/30/05 11:20 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Overgrown_face said:
ohhhh so you mean I could just open it up once a day and use a fan to suck all the old air out?

Like not take the lid all the way off, but rather just crack it open, stick the fan in the crack (blowing out of course) for a couple of minutes, spray, and be done with it?




your gonna want to have more (FAE) fresh air exchanges than that.
if you don't...your fruits are going to suffer.

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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Roadkill]
    #4738610 - 09/30/05 10:23 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Roadkill said:
Quote:

Overgrown_face said:
ohhhh so you mean I could just open it up once a day and use a fan to suck all the old air out?

Like not take the lid all the way off, but rather just crack it open, stick the fan in the crack (blowing out of course) for a couple of minutes, spray, and be done with it?




your gonna want to have more (FAE) fresh air exchanges than that.
if you don't...your fruits are going to suffer.

tc




Then I'll just have to do it twice a day :wink:

Once in the morning, and once in the evening.  That wont me a problem.

Unless you have a better way/idea...  One that doesnt require anything fancy or expensive...


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Re: A few newb questions if you dont mind... [Re: Bamaman]
    #4738680 - 09/30/05 10:43 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

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hmmm....put a lock on your closet, then do whatever the hell you want in there.

if privacy is an issue then it will be more than hiding ONE tub. you have your incubating, fruiting and drying stages. doing only 4 jars at a time may make it easy for you to convert your incubator into a fruiting chamber(FC).

but, as those guys mature you are still gonna need to dry your shrooms while you are still fruiting others. you can't dry them in the FC while your still growing.... which means you will need more than just ONE tub of space at the same time.




It wont be a problem to make my incubation area into the fruiting chamber.

Nor will it be a problem to have a separate area to dry the first flushes.

I already have a bunch of misc. shape/size rubbermaid containers in my closet, so two more shouldnt be anything noticeable.


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