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InvisibleXlea321
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Hydro-pod - fatal flaw?
    #612675 - 04/19/02 07:51 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I was checking out the hydro-pod and noticed it doesn't appear to have a means of controlling the temperature. Seeing as this is pretty much the number one requirement with mushrooms, what use is the pod? You'd have to put it inside your aquarium to keep the temperature constant anyway.


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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: Xlea321]
    #612769 - 04/19/02 11:04 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Controlling the temp is for the incubator only. Fruiting happens
at room temp. So unless you were thinking about putting the
HP somewhere with  extreme temps, like on top of your
house. There shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: Xlea321]
    #612796 - 04/19/02 11:34 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

The fruiting temps called out are OPTIMUM temps. It has been 72' F to 82' F where the little guys are in the Pod and they don?t seem to mind. I did read where someone put a submersible heater in their Pod as temps were in the 40's in the barn. Bear in mind these things do grow in the wild and temps don?t stay 74' F to 78'F all the time. Humidity fluxuates as well. You are trying to create a "perfect environment". The Pod is a good newbie product. I like it.

No I don?t work for or am compensated in any way by the vendor. I am just a happy customer.




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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: sixpac440]
    #612853 - 04/19/02 01:11 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks. Does seem a little backwards tho - i think most people have difficulty getting the incubation/mycelium stage successful. Once that's accomplished does the hydropod really improve yeilds so much?


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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: Xlea321]
    #612970 - 04/19/02 04:18 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

To a seasoned shroomer getting bigger yields than a Pod can give I bet is easy. Maybe a seasoned shroomer (which I am not) with a Pod could teach us all some new tricks. But for a newbie it's just too damn easy! 11 days after birth I was harvesting. I built my own terrarium and waited a month for results. Yes there are a million variables in building one your self but the Pod takes most of them out of the equation.

Due to wanting higher yields I am just starting out doing casings but I will keep the Pod going cause it circumvents my lack of knowledge.



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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: sixpac440]
    #613021 - 04/19/02 05:20 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Been thinking about getting the pod, but here in Europe there's a booming trade in mycelium - the shops send you fully colonised cakes, you just stick them in a propagator and a week later you have 50 large shrooms. The cakes are almost as cheap as most of the spore syringes too. Seems to be the way forward.


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Re: Hydro-pod - fatal flaw? [Re: Xlea321]
    #613744 - 04/20/02 12:46 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

OK...Yes, you have to be able to get past the contam and be able to make cakes no matter which way you choose to go. From what I have found you can get larger yeilds from casings...but you also double the time for yeilds and possible contamination. Once the cake is fully colonized you either a) throw it in the pod and wait a week, no longer having to worry about contam. Or b) break the cake up and put it into pasturized poo or something. You will have to wait 7-10 days before the new substrate is fully colonized during which time the whole thing is still very subseptable to contam due to the nourishment available from the poo. Then you case (or not) and introduce to light...now you don't have to worry about contams as much and within a week you should get pins. The pod won't give as much yield, but it's really quick and effortless. Guarenteed shrooms if you get past the cake stage.
As far as temp...I use a small heater in the room (closet) where the pod is.
For me, I put most of my cakes in the pod...this way I can get some prints for future experiments. I'll take 2-4 cakes and try different stuff learning how to case. If the casing goes to hell...the pod still gives me some more to work with and provides spores for future experiments. It's a great newbie tool because it helps me be self sufficient.
If you can buy premade cakes, then good on ya...wish I had that opportunity. With the pod it equates to never having to worry about contams at any stage. But learning is half the fun. Just my opinion.


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