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Open (Open)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 03:12 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greetings everyone. I'm new to mushroom cultivation and am in the mists of my first try. I'm using PF TEK with the PF classic race. My jars are not quite colonized completely yet, but I think they are pinning all ready. Is this normal? Just a little nervous, cause I don't want to birth the cakes early. Everything I've been reading says to wait about a week after colonization is complete.

A harvesting question. Once I birth the cakes, are the mushrooms harvested once they become ready (one at a time) or is a whole cake harvested at one time?

As I've said I'm new to mushroom cultivation and just discovered this board a couple of days ago. Looks like it will be a good source of information and I have lots of questions. I'll save some for later to keep my first post from being filled with questions.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to getting to know all of you and tapping into your knowledge.
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Open (Open)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 04:57 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I used Kerr wide mouth half pint jars. After inoculation I let them sit in the corner of the room were they are receiving indirect light.
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Open (Open)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 05:53 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I inoculated the jars in four locations (except one jar, I missed a hole, oops) on September 5th. I'm doing cubies, got spores from PF and am using the PF race. The only part that really isn't colonized is the bottom of the jar, and no it doesn't look any different. The whole jar will probably be colonized when I get home tonight.

I'm pretty sure its pinning, as it looks like some of the pictures I saw. Small shrooms, brown heads.
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Brettiejams (Brettiejams)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 07:12 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A little pinning in the jar before 100% colonization is O.K.

Maybee you exposed your jars to light a bit early.... next try introduce light a little bit later.

Leave the cakes in the jar until 100% colonization is achieved though... the pins will be O.K.

As far as harvesting goes.. you pick stuff when it is ready... it will not all be at the same time though.
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saluras (Saluras)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 07:36 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sounds like you're in good shape :)
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Open (Open)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 07:56 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the responses.
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Saney (Saney)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 09:23 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Open. Surprised no one said it. Flip your jars upside down to drain out the Co2 and let the bottoms colonize. In the future, put 1 tablespoon of verm. in the bottom of your jars before you add the substrate.

You aren't supposed to give them light until after you birth them by the way :)

Peace.
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Open (Open)
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 09:46 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Saney. I've got the jars sitting with the bottom down and the lids on loose. Shouldn't the CO2 be able to escape? Should I place them with the lids down?
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Saney (Saney)
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 07:00 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No it can't go anywhere :) Co2 is heavier then air. Flip your jars, lid down and the cake should fall down ontop the lid causing a vacuum reaction and suck new air into the jar.. the Co2 will eventually drain out through the holes in the bottom and you'll be left with a fresh new jar of air :) You only want to do this after your jar is 80% or more colonized, sucking new air in can mean sucking in a contam, at 80% it should be able to fight it off and you shoudn't have a problem.. Spray some lysol around and let it sit for a little while, then flip 'em. If you don't have lysol, a 10% bleach %90 water mix spritzed in the air will work too. Peace.
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Open (Open)
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 07:11 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks.
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Nan (Nanook)
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 05:37 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Archives->Cakes->Light