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    #607483 - 04/13/02 08:29 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

You can't believe how perfect it turned out. For weeks I have been looking for a source of hardwood sawdust to start up my Psilocybe cyanescens spores. I was in Canadian Tire last night and I was looking for wood chips for the second stage of the proceedure in the Barbecue/Smoker section. I found a good sized bag of fairly large Hickory chips for very inexpensive. I then looked at a whole series of funny little pellets of different woods. They had Apple, Sugar Maple, Hickory and Mesquite. I chose the sugar maple in the end even though they were three times more expensive than the much larger bags of the large Hickory chips. I don't know why I was so attracted to those pellets. I felt psycically drawn to them. Under normal circumstances, I would be cheap. I also bought a huge autoclave so I should have been really cheap. I was intending to try to chop them fine with a cleaver if I could and use the pellets instead of the sawdust.
So, I was trying to get ready this afternoon. I tried chopping the douglas fir orchid bark and it wasn't possible even in the food processor. I gave up and decided to use the chips whole with the Brown Rice Flower. So I soaked the orchid bark and I measured out the maple pellets and covered them in water and left the room. After five minutes I came back to find the pellets had swollen up four times their size and had broken up into beautiful, marvellous, fantastic, gorgeous, light and fluffy sawdust. Truly a gift from the angels or the mushroom spirits for sure. To me this is the best stuff possible to start the spores. My instinct tells me the Blue Angels will just love this stuff. They better love it because I now have 4 times more than I planned on. It was sort of like the blob taking over my whole experiment. I wanted to try some other media as well. Oh well, next time.
Product is:
BBQr's Delight 100% Sugar Maple Wood Pellets 1lb. $7.99cdn
Pine Bluff Arkansas


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Re: PERFECT [Re: Orchidman]
    #608331 - 04/14/02 08:39 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Well I'm done for now. I now have eight beautiful jelly jars cooling in the pressure cooker. Six with the sawdust and wheat bran, one with honey water and one with shredded soaked cardboard.
The sawdust/bran turned out to be this light fluffy moist mixture that is so great even I was impressed. I can't see how this can fail. The sawdust ended up making 9 jars of sawdust/bran from only two jars of dry pellets.
I'm in love with the little jelly fars. They're the 250ml jars with a straight open neck and tapered bottoms. On thinking about it the tapered bottoms only make sense. Since the bottoms colonize last it makes sense to restrict the size so they colonize faster and concentrate the mycellium at the bottom. Besides I will now have very elegantly shaped cakes where the light from above can shine on the sides.
I'm going to inoculate them in the morning before I go to work with the spore syringes of Psilocybe cyanescens.. Gee I'm having fun with this.


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Re: PERFECT [Re: Orchidman]
    #608384 - 04/14/02 09:50 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Keep me posted sounds like fun.


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    #608758 - 04/15/02 06:10 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Done.
I screwed up the oven Tek--immagine. I forgot to turn on the oven...About 3/4 done with innoculating before I remembered. Fortunately, it is a gas oven and the heat is immediate. I did spray it with javex water and lysol quite well though. I also forgot to put my t-shirt over my nose.
I was just so parranoid and hyper I forgot. Of course the fact that I just got up and had a smoke of my potent home grown med-pot before I started has nothing to do with it.
I think this is serious as the cyanescens is slow and therefore subject to contaminations.
Now I will just have to wait and see.
I bought two syringes just in case so I still have back up.


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    #609719 - 04/16/02 06:53 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I know it's borderline but the little jars are all packed away in the dark in the basement at 16c or 61f . It may warm up a bit as it gets hot outside but not much. I'm hoping that staying at the border like this will give the advantage to the cyanescens rather than the contaminents. The ideal temps for growing this type is from 15c to 25c.Because of the orchids and the parrots the house is always 20c and humid with a bit of a drop in temps at night. The basement stays much cooler and more humid. The fruiting temp is 50f to 60f so I have decided to buy a little bar fridge and dedicate it to the cyanescens. I can modify it with a little light and a humidifier and air exchange. It will be my chilly terrarium. It will be good for cold shocking the Tapalpa as well. I'm going to try to grow it indoors as well as in the garden. One thing I learned about orchids is to buy the ones that fit with your conditions. The cyanescens will like my cooler conditions. I'm hoping the Tapalpa will as well as Guadalahara is the land of eternal spring with cooler temps because of the plateau.


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    #611116 - 04/17/02 07:45 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Well, I just moved the jars to just a bit warmer at 64f or 17c. I still haven't looked at them yet, and won't until the third day. I don't want to risk contaminating them until they get going a bit. Tomorrow night, I'll look and see if I can see anything. I decided to increase the temperature by a couple of degrees each day until I get to 20c. So one more move tomorrow night should do it. Hopefully, I'll see a bit of growth.


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    #611646 - 04/18/02 06:37 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Now they're goin to grow. I just moved them upstairs to 70f or 20c. The basement was just too cold with the air conditioner on for my liking at 64f. I'm thinking about taking them up and downstairs after they get a little older to fluctuate the day/night temps like you do with orchids. This will promote a bit of air exchange but risk more contamination. I think they are okay with the air in the jar at the beginning.


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    #613252 - 04/19/02 10:19 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

The curse has turned into a blessing. There is a huge maple tree two yards south of me and it makes millions of seeds every year. Every spring I have to pull up hundreds of maple seedlings. I have cursed those maples for many years. Today I was looking around the garden and saw these maple seedlings. Kaching!!! I need Maple for my Psilocybe cyanescens. What a bonus. I will hunt the maple seedlings and add them to my wood pile.
I found some great wood tonight at the PETSMART. It is Zoo Med brand Repti Bark used for lizzards and other reptiles. It is fine or medium sized Fir bar chips. I have read that cyanescens grows on Fir in nature. It is the same as orchid bark which I was planning to use for my mushrooms. Zoo Med is far superior in quality. The chips are very even in size and all the sawdust has been washed out.
The wood most often recommended for cyanescens is Aspen. I have never heard of or seen anything made of Aspen here in Toronto. Everything around here is made of pine. Tonight I found Kaytee brand Natural Aspen bedding and litter. It is like wood shavings and I think it will be great. It is in between the sawdust and wood chip stage.
I am going to combine the wood chips and the shavings together in a moist and airy mix. I am thinking about adding some manurer or worm castings to the water before I boil the wood in it.


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    #615273 - 04/22/02 06:59 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

This weekend was busy. I sterilized brf jars, innoculated, hunted for wood, and found some and even repotted a Blueberry X Hawaiian Sativa clone and lots of orchids.
I got going on an old 10 gallon aquarium I had stored away for years in the basement and forgot about. It has lots of glass and even a submersible heater. I made a glass shelf that takes up about 3/4 of the floor area and is sitting very stable on top of a base of inverted 3" clay flower pots. The clay will wick the humidity out of the water. The submersible heater is tied onto a piece of lava rock and is very stable under water. By sliding the top open and adjusting the heat it is absolutely controlable for heat and humidity. It now has 4 lovely jelly jars of brf tek Tapalpa and a larger jar of honey water sitting on the glass shelf. The shelf is perfect and because the top is slightly angled the shelf has remained absolutely dry. Now I have to hunt for some nice tupperware to fit on the shelf.


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Re: PERFECT [Re: Orchidman]
    #617671 - 04/24/02 08:29 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Well I guess I really am a blabbermouth. I made journeyman status in 3 weeks. My aquarium turned out perfect; right now it's 80f and 70% humidity. I can see LOTS of mycellium growing in the Tapalpa after only 4 days. Huge chunks about 1/3" to 1/4" in diameter in a line running down the bottle. I still can't see anything of the cyanescens although it's 10 days other than a bit of fuzz in the bottom of the honey jar.


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Re: PERFECT [Re: Orchidman]
    #618590 - 04/25/02 06:54 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

RE: COLLOIDAL SILVER

I previously became interrested in colloidal silver as a health remedy. There is a lot of information on the internet about it if you do a search. The thing about colloidal silver is that it kills all bacteria, all virus, and all fungus and yet people drink it for health. Before penicillan, colloidal silver was a major anti-biotic. A silver foil bandage is used for burn victims and diabetics that do not heal. Silver containers were used before refrigeration to preserve food and a silver coin was dropped in the milk jug to prevent spoilage. Even holy water is preserved in silver. Colloidal silver is made by passing a mild electrical current between two silver electrodes submerged in water. The extremely tiny silver particles become electrically charged and repell each other so that they dispurse through the water.
I am trying to devise a way to replace the aquarium water with distilled water so I don't get calcium buildup as it evaporates. However, distilled water will hold contaminants so I was forced to think. I had my jeweller make me a colloidal silver generator months ago and I just got a brain storm--why don't I put some in the aquarium water. This will prevent all contaminants and will remain behind as the water evaporates. I also put a couple of silver coins in the water as well. Now that my immediate needs have been satisfied I altruistically began to think of my fellow shroomers.
I have read that if you use perlite to humidify a terrarium, it can become contaminated. By simply putting a few silver coins in the bottom before putting in the perlite, this can be eliminated. Also bottles of colloidal silver are available at health food stores.
Do not let the mushrooms touch the silver as I don't know if it will kill them or not. If it doesn't kill them this will be an absolute bonus for cleaning up contaminated cakes. I will experiment with the colloidal silver on the mushrooms after I get some well established mycellium and start to case it. I will spray a little chunk and see if it grows or dies.


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    #621164 - 04/28/02 10:47 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

The tapalpa really does seem to be impressive. I'm 3/4 collonized after 7 days. The fastest jar is 1/4" from the bottom now. I turned the jars upside down today to get rid of the CO2. They should be done in a few days. I'm going to cut the cakes in half lengthways and case the halves in Glad containers, some with coir, some with vermiculite, and some with coir/vermiculite.
I started up some jars of seeds this weekend and made a nice mix of seeds that I have on hand for the birds. I used about 1/3 oats groats which still has the chaff on. It seems to keep the mix very open and shakeable. I added a bit of canola the fine parts of a good cockatiel mix and a bit of rolled rye. I soaked them all day and then pressure cooked them last night. I only did a few jars with the Tapalpa and one with the cyanescens as someone said they had good results with azurescens on seeds. I tried something I read on the posts somewhere. I got microfilter sheets (sort of like cloth or felt made from white fibres)from Canadian Tire for alergy suferrers and put a double layer over the jars and then screwed down the rings over them. This should let a lot of air into the grain. I just poked the needle through the fibre and taped the holes when I was done. I hope it doesn't let in the contamination.


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