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Cold Shock
    #766687 - 07/22/02 08:18 AM (16 years, 4 months ago)

I have heard alot of people talking about cold shocking. How do you know if you need to do it? I know a person who will be casing in the next few days. He is casing TC, SA and MAZ. Also if you cold shock in the fridge when do you do it, while in the jars, after you case?

The last casing he did, he made the casings and then put them in the incubator until the MYCE came through nice and even in the coco coir. THen he fruited it.

These casings will be done with COCO COIR also. So I guess my question is how do you know if you need to cold shock. If you do need to cold shock when do you do it and for how long.

What is the benefit?

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Re: Cold Shock [Re: malibu76]
    #766966 - 07/22/02 10:31 AM (16 years, 4 months ago)

cold shock casings if your gonna case. but only cold shock if the casings aren't pinning after 2-3 weeks.

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Re: Cold Shock [Re: malibu76]
    #768383 - 07/22/02 06:45 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

personally i have never seen any significant benefits in cold shocking. there are varying opions as to wheter there even is . some people swear by it, others, like myself don't.

cold shocking is usually done to coax a cake or casing into pinning after enough time has elaspsed when pinning should have occurred on its own. different strains have different time parameters as to when pinning occurs but after 3 weeks has gone by, cold shocking becomes an option.

some people also use cold shocking when fruiting "hard to pin" strains or starins in which overlay becomes a problem, puerto ricans for instance.

if you have been getting your casings to fruit normally, my personal opinion is cold shocking is waste of time. but if you find it necessary to do so then you cold shock the casing (not the cake) and 12 hours is usually sufficient. one tip is to place the casing inside a tpperware then place in the fridge. there are lots of sources of contaminates in there and this way your csing is safe inside its own personal environment

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Re: Cold Shock [Re: malibu76]
    #768488 - 07/22/02 07:25 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

When your casing is ready for the fruiting chamber...wrap up well in saran wrap
or use tupperware and put it in the fridge overnight. It may help but it can't hurt.
I tried this on a casing it seemed to work great ... pinned fast and ferocious...but then i tried it again with another casing(same strain)and that didn't happen again so
who knows

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