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50/59 ryches casing tek
    #519876 - 01/13/02 09:45 PM (21 years, 10 months ago)

From what I have read the 50/50 tek consists of 1:1 verm:peat moss
I have also read that its helpful to add 8% hydrated lime and 15% crushed oyster shells

Frist off would it do ok if I just used verm:peat

I know I caan attain hydrated lime at nurseries, at least from what ive been told

what if i used verm:poeat:lime and skipped out on the oyster shells, or even used a substitute. I heard one guy say he addes chalk in place of the shells. From what I understand the shells are just to add texture to the casing , so that when you harvest you dont end up pulling up the substrate from down below.

One other thing about casing is this

Is it best to
A)break your cakes up by hand into 1-2 square inch pieces
b)cut the cakse into small circles like cucmber cutting
c)cut the myselium up in a blender?

any insight on these questions would be much appreciated.

For an expirement i just started a small 1 tray-2 cake casing just to see how it went about 5 days ago. I used damp verm on both top and bottom. Does the straight verm tek have much worse outcomes than the verm:peat tek?

thanks again in advance

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Re: 50/59 ryches casing tek [Re: Under_net]
    #519984 - 01/14/02 12:32 AM (21 years, 10 months ago)

I can give you advice about crumbling. its all really a matter of preference, i like to put them in the blender because its easier to evenly distribute the mycilium.


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Re: 50/59 ryches casing tek [Re: Under_net]
    #520271 - 01/14/02 09:20 AM (21 years, 10 months ago)

no you don't have to add the crushed oyster shell. It is only for texture, but it helps. I would go ahead and add the lime though cuz it will help protect against contams on the casing.

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