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Oatmeal idea
    #6429932 - 01/06/07 03:49 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Well, it looks like after several jars of WBS I'm gonna have two empties left over. I'm looking at this can of Quaker Oats in my cupboard and just thinking about trying it.

I read up on oatmeal and the two problems I saw mentioned were this:

(1)Oatmeal can leave "gunk" at the bottom of a jar because when the starches get whet, they turn to slime. The mycellium can't penetrate the dense gunk that builds.

(2)Oatmeal by itself would likely dry out before fruiting was complete.

My bright idea (*cough* *cough*) was this:

Wash 'n Rinse the oatmeal, and cook as per instructions. Then put in a collander/seive and shake to get excess moisure out. Then let it sit for 30 minutes to dry a bit, shake/fluff again. Well wait a minute, the slimy excess starches are gone but how are the mycellium gonna get the moisture they need? Oatmeal will tend to dry quickly anyway, being flat and thin with a high surface area/volume ratio. Solution? Soil Polymer Crystals. Little pieces of polymer that can hold many times their own weight in water. Just hydrate a tablespoon full of fine polymer crystals, and mix them in with the oatmeal. P/C inoculate and incubate.

The way I see it, you have a very nutrient-rich grain product that will form a cake or can be used as spawn, and there will be plenty of moisture for mycellial growth without over-saturating the actual nutrient source.

I don't mind trying it. Any input on this crazy scheme? I may try one jar oatmal/crystals and another oatmeal/vermiculite. Oatmeal just sound appealing because it's something I always have on hand. And it's yummy. Hey, if you can grow Shittake on it, Cubes should be able to as well, right?


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Re: Oatmeal idea [Re: donkers5257]
    #17724882 - 02/01/13 04:24 AM (8 years, 8 months ago)

I like the idea, i might try it too. if you already tried it how did it go? i just had the same exact idea lol that sounds like a viable method since the polymer would hydrate the oatmeal and not saturate the mycelium. I like it.


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Re: Oatmeal idea [Re: mike-ologist]
    #17725098 - 02/01/13 06:39 AM (8 years, 8 months ago)

Oatmeal has been used many times, but results have always been poor.  If you want to use oats, get whole oats or grind them into oat flour and use ala brf tek.  Oatmeal is a poor food choice for mycelium.
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Re: Oatmeal idea [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #17726416 - 02/01/13 02:37 PM (8 years, 8 months ago)

cool cool thanks for the tip RR


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Re: Oatmeal idea [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #21365154 - 03/05/15 11:17 AM (6 years, 7 months ago)

Ive been replacing BRF with ground instant oatmeal in my pftek for the past 6 months and have had better results than with the BRF.


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