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Registered: 12/24/01
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incubation temperatures
    #506030 - 12/31/01 04:14 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

hey wussup everybody i was wondering what you guys do to stabilize the temperatures for incubating. i have a 15 gal rubbermaid with 12 of my innoculated jars inside of it, which rests on top of a sunbeam heating pad that is set on its lowest setting.
how in the hell do you guys have it to stay at a certain temp so that its constant and not fluctuating as much.
i would have the temp at 83-F and then it would again raise to a 87-F. and if i leave the heating pad off then the temperature is at a constant 78-79 F.
i have a little draft in my room tried opening and closing my closet door to see if it would have an affect but i dont know what to do. AND I DO LIVE IN HAWAII IF THAT HELPS!!!!!
thanks guys. peace love and ganjah.
oh yeah and theyre equadors that im growing.
i just innoculated them yesterday, so when would i be able to see some progression with this batch? i need some help with this please.

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Registered: 09/11/01
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Re: incubation temperatures [Re: michael_ahji]
    #506247 - 12/31/01 09:46 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

so you live in hawaii eh?

I'm from Canada. Sometimes, in the summer, I realize (partially) how wonderful it would be to live in a place where the outside temp is condusive to the human species.

I wish I was there...

Anyways, you need an incubator. Basically a styrofoam box with a heating pad taped to the lid (that's what I use) or an aquarium heater inside a jar of water. A styrofoam cooler would do...

Since your temp is 78-79 without any heating, you could probably get away with just an insulated box. No heater. The mycelium makes heat as it grows so it could warm it's own box. 82-85 is ideal. 78-79 works too but way slower.


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Re: incubation temperatures [Re: carbonhoots]
    #7015104 - 06/06/07 09:57 AM (16 years, 6 months ago)

I'm going to bump this up because I'm curious about the same question - where I live the outside temperature fluctuates greatly (especially this year where it has consistently made day-to-day changes of 20 degrees or more). I incubated a batch of jars a few weeks ago and failed miserably, I'm convinced this had mostly to do with my substrate preparation and inoculation technique. However, I also had significant trouble in maintaining a stable temperature in my incubation chamber. I did not use the tub in tub method but instead simply placed the jars in a picnic cooler with an aquarium heater inside a gallon jug of water. I had fluctuations as large as 10 degrees well above and below the optimal temperature range.

My question is, by switching to the tub in tub method will this problem be solved? Or is there some further safeguard I can take to ensure that my temperatures remain within the optimal range for incubation?

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Re: incubation temperatures [Re: btb103]
    #7015118 - 06/06/07 10:02 AM (16 years, 6 months ago)

The TiT better isolates the chamber from outside effects, but I wouldn't call it perfect. Remember that you don't neccessarily need to incubate at 80+. Plenty of people on here don't actually use an incubator. If you really want stable temps though and feel that you must incubate, just go for the TiT.

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