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I have a great deal of experience with this strain and I'll give you what tips I can. First of all this species is not very resistant to invaders. Likely you will fuck up before you get it right, and even after you get it right occasionally you will fuck up. But once you get it right... the trips pretty cool.
First of all I've always grown it out in large bags of manure straight from the field. I use liquid innoculation to innoc it. As far as casing goes nothing beats straight verm. Layer on the bottom, layer on the top and your good to go. If you're using straw I would suggest you make sure you've got a goodly layer of verm on the bottom one, and a not so thin one on top, so long as your substrate layer is sufficiently deep.
outofthisworld, do you recommend casing other species with pure vermiculite? I have thought about it, but not tried it? Most people use vermicultie,peat moss, oyster shell and lime. The peat moss is a source of carbon, so it can get invaded by contams. Vermiculite might help to prevent this, though I doubt the yield would be as goood?
Outofthisworld: You said you used liquid innoculation with manure? How did this work, did you use a nutrient liquid media like malt, or honey water, or just water+blended mycelium? My experiments in this area failed completly (fresh horse manure)... I just assumed it hated liquid like straw does...
Jaffster, what's UP? hehe. Okay, yes liquid is good for these guys with one crucial modification. You need to put some manure extract into the liquid. I use malt powder when I make liquid. So essentially you take your manure, and you soak it in hot water for a couple hours, take the resulting water and use it as a base for your liquid innoculant. That's the only way to get the liquid tek to work for the paneoli genera, they don't like just eating malt powder.
As far as straight verm for other species... ABSOFRIGINLUTELY! hehe. Your exactly right, peat is a source of carbon based edible objects and therefore isn't the best casing material. Vermiculite stores *more* water than peat, so it is by all accounts a "technically" better casing material. In other words if your casing just to add water it's better than peat. More resistent for sure.