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OfflineTrippingBillies
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Casing Depth
    #685011 - 06/18/02 02:04 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

"Fill the colonized substrate in a casing container, level it with a clean spoon or fork and spoon the casing material on the top of it as even as possible, without pressing it down.
Don?t try to create a completely flat surface, small valeys in the casing surface are beneficial and necessary for primordia formation.
The thickness of the casing layer should relate to the depth of the substrate layer ( deeper substrate layer -> thicker casing)
The thickness of the casing layer should be around 1/4th of the substrate depth.
So if your substrate is 4 inches deep, the casing should be around 1 inch thick."

Thats nice and all, but I was looking for some personal accounts and preferences. Anyone, what is your standard casing depth, and success rates with deeper casings?


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Re: Casing Depth [Re: TrippingBillies]
    #685026 - 06/18/02 03:03 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The professionl growers have substrate thicknesses of 6-8 inch.
A casing layer has to fit the substrate thickness.
Read http://shroomery.org/faq/faq.php?display=faq&nr=54&catnr=4&prog=1&lang=en .


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Re: Casing Depth [Re: TrippingBillies]
    #685049 - 06/18/02 03:38 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Anyone have some personal accounts of casing depth experiments?


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Re: Casing Depth [Re: TrippingBillies]
    #4379148 - 07/07/05 10:58 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

My casings never work out so don't listen to anything i'm telling you, but they do pin alot and at different rates, and if my substrate was correct (which it probably isn't) I can tell which one's would have fruited better....

I like around a half inch or a tiny bit less for my 1and3/4" zip lock quart casings. I have tried up to an inch and as little as 1/4". I think the happy medium is the way to go. If it won't colonize in a week your probably putting too much casing on, and for me, I like to see lots of nice white mycelium (just brefore it gets overlayed) so I like to have my casings more grown in. 1/2" seems to take about 5 to 6 days to colonize perfectly in my experience. At the same time... if you look at what pro's like stamets or some others on the forum do, they will case an inch and then let the casing colonize alot less than I would, because they know exactly how much it will grow during fruiting and other variables. In general though, I like to have more mycelium poking out, you can always patch/scratch to get it perfect after you've let it colonize for a while if you misjudged.


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Re: Casing Depth [Re: lemunhed]
    #4379366 - 07/07/05 12:42 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Casing depth makes little difference. I use 1/2"-3/4" usually on top of 2-3 inch substrate. If your gonna do more like 4+ inches of substrate then an inch of casing mix would be good, dont go over an inch though.


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Re: Casing Depth [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4379415 - 07/07/05 12:55 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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scatmanrav said:

I use 1/2"-3/4" usually on top of 2-3 inch substrate. If your gonna do more like 4+ inches of substrate then an inch of casing mix would be good, dont go over an inch though.




I use the same amount.

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Re: Casing Depth [Re: Roadkill]
    #4379572 - 07/07/05 01:46 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Roadkill said:
Quote:

scatmanrav said:

I use 1/2"-3/4" usually on top of 2-3 inch substrate. If your gonna do more like 4+ inches of substrate then an inch of casing mix would be good, dont go over an inch though.




I use the same amount.

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As do I. Also too thick a casing level can suffocate the substrate leading to anerobic bacterial contams. FYI


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