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OfflineBuddha
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Cobweb mold on casing
    #503814 - 12/29/01 03:04 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I tend to be getting some cobweb mold on my casing mix (50/50 mix). I thought that you didnt need to sterilize the casing mix, and even if you do sterilize it wouldnt it be exposed to contams? Also, I dont own a pressure cooker so dont give me any suggestions using a pressure cooker. These are what I suspect to be the cause of the problem so help me out and tell me how warm I am:

a) My casing mix is too moist. I squeezed all the water out before using it but it still might have been too moist.

b) I put the casing in my terrarium before the mycellium had completely grown through. (this also could have added to the moisture)

c) I didnt sterilize my mix. (I thought that part was optional, is it?)

d) I smoke too much crack.


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #503823 - 12/29/01 03:10 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

number d sounds right on the button

on a more serious note, it could just be bad luck. this happens even to the best of us sometimes


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #503970 - 12/29/01 09:17 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

i smoke crack and my casings were fine.


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #503973 - 12/29/01 09:25 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

anyone i've ever overheard on random street corners highly recommends microwaving or sterilizing your casing mix at least this way you can have that much more confidence and most likely not have to worry too much about contams... especially if it's somthing as dumb as cobweb mold or trich, they're so easy to avoid yet people still struggle all the time with them for some reason... eventually you'll get to the point where you dont worry about contams cause you know what's up


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #504025 - 12/29/01 01:07 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

you need to pastureize or sterilize your peat casings,
as for the cobweb lack of air exchange is more than likely the culprit...
check out cheesyincidents post on 50/50mix a few days ago....
solid advice on how to avoid contams in that post


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: TCatz]
    #504066 - 12/29/01 02:15 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I just made a 50/50 casing yesterday, I wetted the mix, squeezed out most of the water, then tossed it on a plate. I put it in the microwave for 4 mins on high and waited for it to cool. Then just spread it over the substrate. Day 2, it's about 50% colonized, looking lovely.. no contams. It's too easy!


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #504496 - 12/30/01 02:20 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Thanks yall. I'm glad to know it wasnt the crack.


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #504498 - 12/30/01 02:24 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

One more Question. Should you air out your casing daily or keep it sealed?


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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: Buddha]
    #504782 - 12/30/01 02:27 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Quote TCatz < as for the cobweb lack of air exchange is more than likely the culprit>

air your casings at least 3 times a day
i do air exchanges every 3hrs on a timer
fish tank air pumps are also a good thing to invest in too



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Re: Cobweb mold on casing [Re: TCatz]
    #505747 - 12/31/01 11:41 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I agree w/ tcatz. air exchange is more than likely the culprit.


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