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Sterilization Confusion
    #6589802 - 02/20/07 05:25 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Hello all, I am new and this is my first post. Not only am I new to the forum, I am also new to mushroom cultivation and I am about to begin my first attempt at growing using the PF Tek technique.

I am planning on sterlizing my jars (glasses, actually) with a traditional three-piece steamer. How long should I steam for?

I have also read that I can use aluminum foil to cover the tops of the cases - is it necessary to sterilize that as well, and if so, how?

My third and final question is does the chamber I am going to put them in after birthing need to be sterilized? It is plastic, and if it needs to be sterilized, I am not quite sure how I would go about that.


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Re: Sterilization Confusion [Re: Seeker_Rose]
    #6589848 - 02/20/07 05:37 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)



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Re: Sterilization Confusion [Re: agar]
    #6590644 - 02/20/07 08:53 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

i would seriously recommend you get a pressure cooker, because even pressure cooked jars using pf tek aren't fool proof.

"My third and final question is does the chamber I am going to put them in after birthing need to be sterilized? It is plastic, and if it needs to be sterilized, I am not quite sure how I would go about that."

Lysol gets the job done, don't worry about that step just yet, because you have along time before you will birth the cakes, just worry about steps up to inoculation now.


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Re: Sterilization Confusion [Re: johnjohnson]
    #6591182 - 02/20/07 10:39 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

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johnjohnson said:
i would seriously recommend you get a pressure cooker, because even pressure cooked jars using pf tek aren't fool proof.

"My third and final question is does the chamber I am going to put them in after birthing need to be sterilized? It is plastic, and if it needs to be sterilized, I am not quite sure how I would go about that."

Lysol gets the job done, don't worry about that step just yet, because you have along time before you will birth the cakes, just worry about steps up to inoculation now.





I would also seriously recommend a pressure cooker,by the time your cakes are colonized they should be fully colonized and pretty well resistant to contamination and this is why a fruiting chamber is never sterile,and Lysol causes mutants


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