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Wheat Berries without Gypsum??
    #652124 - 05/29/02 07:28 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

Q:)How can I make the jars easier to shake?

Answer: If you added too much water many grains explode and make the kernels stick together. To prevent this from happening add a tad less water. An addition of app. 1 g gypsum (CaSO4) per pint jar can also help preventing the grains stick together.

My questions are.. is that only for casing so the grains dont stick?? what if im trying to PF the wheat berries? i was just wondering if im going to cake with them, wouldent i want it to hold together and stick? anyone??

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Re: Wheat Berries without Gypsum?? [Re: Lapius]
    #652376 - 05/29/02 10:57 PM (21 years, 6 months ago)

Not quite. You don't want the grains to stick so you can shake them during incubation to spread the colonized grains through the substrate. This fastens colonization time a great deal (qt jar of rye colonizes in 10-12 days or less if you use live mycelium).

After colonization the mycelial hyphae will make the grains stick together whether you use gypsum or not. What you don't want is the grains sticking together by their own goo (this will increase colonization time and promote bacterial contamination).

I've been using rye without gypsum and i can still shake the grains very well. Never tried wheat though.

Just a warning, I've fruited some grain cakes but with reduced yields. If you want to do cakes it's better to use BRF/verm. Grain has good fruiting potencial when cased but when 'caked' gives reduced yields or even no yields.

Good Luck!

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