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Casing/Setup/Humidification question ...
    #939984 - 10/07/02 02:54 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

The Setup Info:

This is my first time casing, or growing shrooms for that matter. I'm using a straight vermiculite casing @ 1/2" on top and bottem. Using 1.5" perlite in clear rubbermaid tubs for humidification. B+ Strain. Have 3 casings( 2 cakes each ) and 6 cakes in 3 seperate terrariums. Am using a 12/12 light schedule under a 60watt ceiling bulb. I have not been misting the tubs, I fan every 8 hours.

Here's my thoughts:

I patched twice over a 5 day period so the mycelium would have plenty of time to recover from being cased. About three days after putting the casings in the terrariums, the wispy mycelium on top turned white/crusty although it continued to grow slowly. It has since started pinning. A couple pins even look like their growing out of the dry/white crusty looking mycelial growths. Pins are somewhat fat. Excellent pinning on one of my cakes, along with some really fluffy mycelial growth. I've also noticed some new fluffy mycelial growth on the casings since the previous appeared to dry up and get crusty.

Upon closer inspection today I noticed some small droplets on the surface of the casing. I think my humidity is too high. I also think this is what is causing the fluffy mycelium growth on my cakes and the fat pins.

Here's my questions:

Could I have killed the mycelium on the surface of the casing by having the humidity too high causing them to shrivel and crusty-up while the casing stayed moist?

Could condensation on the surface of the casing cause sparse pinning? One of my casings only has 3 pins while the other has 8+ under the same conditions? One of my cakes has 10+ pins by itself.

Is there anything I can do for the crusty mycelium? Should it be removed after this flush? Now?

I know the humidity is too high so I have cracked the terrariums about 1.5-2". I also started misting the walls of the terrariums to make up for evaporation.

More Questions:

Is this the right thing to do? Anyone have any comments/advice? Should I have just left it alone? It seemed to be recovering under conditions which were obviously too humid. Thanks in advance for any help.


PS. I will have pictures to post tomorrow.

If you grow them, they will come.

Edited by overclock (10/07/02 02:59 PM)

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Re: Casing/Setup/Humidification question ... [Re: overclock]
    #941663 - 10/08/02 05:17 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Ok here we go, no I have had the humidity way to high as far as everything I have ever heard and have never killed the myc.

I hear to many  water doplets on the casing or surface layer slows pinning but that isn't what I've seen, I have had many a cake with way more than 10 good shrooms on it, so your cake and your casings are just taking off. :grin:

If the crusty stuff isn't fucking with anything leave it till the end of the flush.

Lifting the terrariums is a good idea, I drill holes in the terrariums and put adjustable flaps over the holes. You can adjust humidity by moving the flap. Makes it easy when the weather changes on you.

Hope this helps. :wink:       

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Re: Casing/Setup/Humidification question ... [Re: overclock]
    #945704 - 10/09/02 02:47 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Here's the pics.

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