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OfflineFanaTEK
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Shaking Grain vs. Scooping
    #758417 - 07/19/02 06:34 AM (21 years, 9 months ago)

Okay, I have this dilemma - I know that shaking whole grains is good during colonization to distribute mycelium, but what about when you're getting ready to case?

Up until now, my cat has been shaking his fully-colonized jars, then letting sit 24 hours before casing. He has also heard, though, that many people get good results from just letting the jar completely colonize than taking a big spoon and scooping/scraping out the colonized substrate.

Which do you think is better in the long run? By shaking the jars the grain is much easier to pour and level in a tray, but breaking up the mycelium that much can lend itself to contamination. On the other hand, when scraping a lot of the mycelial connections are kept intact, but I imagine that all of the scraping would take longer, leaving the substrate exposed to open air.

So, what do you think?

FanaTEK


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Re: Shaking Grain vs. Scooping [Re: vatoloco]
    #758612 - 07/19/02 07:39 AM (21 years, 9 months ago)

I shake it when I use it as spawn, and scoop it out when I case it directly.

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Re: Shaking Grain vs. Scooping [Re: FanaTEK]
    #759292 - 07/19/02 12:37 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

if your grain's quite soft, scooping out chunks invariably breaks open some grains, exposing the uncolonised interior, which invites contams.


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