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Colonizing cake humidity
    #647027 - 05/27/02 02:13 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I had this idea tonight to try and help my colonizing cakes speed up the process. I was wondering about people's thoughts on the subject. I know it is best to colonize at about 80-85 degree's farenheit.... In the general opinion anyway.... What i am doing is placing my 4 best colonized cakes in an incubator consisting of an old 1 gallon ice cream container with a layer of vermiculite, water, and H2o2 on the bottom (of which all has been sterelized). The jars will be sitting on the layer of verm. directly. The temp of my incubation chamber, however, will not exceed 80 degrees. My basic question is this.... Do you think this setup will help at all with the colonizing process? I mean the humidity will be heightened a tad, but does that matter or not? I also did it this way so i could sit it on top of my water heater to increase temps. It is pretty dusty in the closet my water heater is in, so i thought of the used gallon jug of ice cream to enclose the jars and try and prevent contams.

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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: Floydseamus]
    #647051 - 05/27/02 02:54 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

No civil comments as of yet? Please someone respond to this. Before i put all of these jars in a new environment i would really love the added benefit of some weathered (experienced) advice.

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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: Floydseamus]
    #647064 - 05/27/02 03:07 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Why the vermiculite? I don't think it will help. If I were you I'd get rid it it.
As for humidity... my jars sit in a plastic container with no heater and no water and they do just fine. If you need to use a heater to raise the temperature, why not check out
http://www.fungifun.org/pf/incubator.htm

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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: shianggu]
    #647070 - 05/27/02 03:14 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

The Verm is there to possibly regulate moisture (thats why i put it there anyway) , and keep the humidity up to the desired level. What i am basically asking is an opinion on how much humidity plays a role in colonizing versus temperature.


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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: Floydseamus]
    #647073 - 05/27/02 03:25 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Well, the humidity inside my apartment is about 60rH. I don't know if very dry conditions might adversely affect colonization. So, in my experience the ambient humidity has been enough for my jars.

The FAQ states that the optimal humidity is around 70%rH, so why not shoot for that.


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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: shianggu]
    #647082 - 05/27/02 03:40 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Do you, personally, think that the setup described (with wet verm, sterelized) will provide a habitat for harmful contams?


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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: Floydseamus]
    #647085 - 05/27/02 03:51 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Personally? I don't think so. The only contams I've had have been with grain. But I've only been growing for about 2 months.

I do remember reading a thread about whether or not a verm casing can become contaminated. There wasn't any consensus about that.

I just don't think the verm in the incubator is necessary. If I were you I wouldn't put it in.


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Re: Colonizing cake humidity [Re: shianggu]
    #647091 - 05/27/02 04:09 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Hey... you have been great... I appreciate your feedback and my latest tek will be based on your opinions, and mine.... Once again... thank you


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