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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67481 - 12/03/99 12:55 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)

Lime flour is available at many gardening and hardware stores to sweeten soils. It's function is to raise the pH of acidic peat moss in a casing. I add it at a rate of 1 cup lime to 8 cups peat moss.

Oyster shells are to provide a certain structural component to casing soils and, to a lesser extent, additional pH buffering. You can find this at some pet stores for pet birds. Birds instinctively eat or grind it to aid in food digestion in their gizard and to keep their beaks trimmed, respectively.

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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67483 - 12/03/99 02:18 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)

Thank you much ShroomGod! I must admit that it was a picture of a cased tray of equadors fruiting like mad, posted by yourself, that convinced me that casing is the way to go.

I have about 2.5 liters of birdseed (primarily millet with some sunflower seeds and peanuts) colonizing right now. I plan to case with the formula you have provided. My only remaining question is: How critical is temperature between casing and fruiting? I plan to cold shock the tray but is it necessary to hold the tray at 86 before that, or are room temperatures OK?



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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67484 - 12/03/99 03:42 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)


Lime Flour can also be called Calcium Carbonate ,,,,get a copy of the Stamets book or books they discuss this at length,,,as there are several types of Lime out there be careful and get the right one,,,or your efforts might not grow at all as happened to a buddy of mine.

Per Hoyt



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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67485 - 12/03/99 03:46 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)

The formula I use is:

8 parts peat moss
8 parts vermiculite
1 part lime flour
3.5 part water (approx)

Mix up dry ingredients then add water and mix. It should feel moist but not muddy. If it's too wet, add more vermiculite. If it's too dry, more water. Put in pot or pan and cover with foil or lid. Cook at 160?F for 2 hours. Allow to cool COMPLETELY. Sprinkle over about 2 inches depth of crumbled or sliced birdseed cakes (DO NOT EVER PACK DOWN).

Casing must be incubated in a warm environment with a plastic cover. Allow an 1/8th inch holes to cover the plastic between 3 to 4 inches apart. The low 80s is ideal incubation temperature.

When you see mycelium uniformly poking through in the valleys, move to the fruiting chamber. If the casing is not colonizing evenly, mix it around with a fork (deep scratch), wait a couple days for it to recover, and begin fruiting.

ShroomGod

[This message has been edited by ShroomGod (edited December 03, 1999).]



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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67486 - 12/05/99 08:13 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)

Hey ShroomGod, thanks a bunch!


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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67487 - 12/06/99 09:03 AM (24 years, 2 months ago)

It might interest you to know that I have moistened my casings with 50/50 peroxide and water. Those were the only casings I had without contams. Green shit and cobweb had previously appeared on all other casings sterilized and not.

just a comment not a firm belief.



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Re: Where do you get lime flour
    #67488 - 12/06/99 07:54 PM (24 years, 2 months ago)

Hey guys, you can also get calcium carbonate in the form of sand available at pet stores. It is used in terrariums for lizards which they eat to get their calcium.

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