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Contamination after harvest? Please Help
    #626073 - 05/03/02 11:07 PM (16 years, 3 months ago)

I'm a newbie grower with a few questions about growing with a mycobag.

First of all, everything went as planned until my bag started pinning.  Only one mushroom matured into a full size mushroom, although there are at least a few more pins.  I can't tell how many because I can barely see through the sides of the bag bc the mycelia has somehow grown up them.  When the cap broke away from the veil on this shroom yesterday I opened the bag and picked the mushroom (I was pleasantly surprised at is size, about 7 inches :laugh:  I scrubbed my bare hands first with soap and then with rubbing alcohol, as I did not have any gloves available. 

Today, where the base of the mushroom was, the mycelia has turned grayish green and has separated from the side of the bag.  Is this definitely contamination or is it possible that the mycelia just be damaged or dying from me picking the shroom?

Another question -  how long should I leave the pins (aborts?) in the bag before picking them?  I have heard that not picking them can increase your chances of contamination bc they will rot.  How do know when they will not grow any larger?

All help greatly appreciated... 

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Re: Contamination after harvest? Please Help [Re: ShroomRider]
    #626163 - 05/10/02 09:47 PM (16 years, 3 months ago)

The most common color you will see on substrates (casings, cakes, myco-bags) after picking is a blue-bruising. Anything else probably isn't a good sign.

Abhorts will have black heads. The black seems to start at the middle of the cap and spread. Pick the ASAP before they rot!

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