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So after I found out that my drying technique is not crisp enough to keep stored boomers from getting the "blues" in the freezer, I whipped out the fixins and started a new run about 1 1/2 mo. ago.
1st 2 runs were a mix of 1-1/4,15 - 1/2, and 3 pt. jar BRF's, 12 or so of which are sitting on CD's in a bubbling tub of perlite (other methods may be better/more efficient, but this one works for me as until I get some uninfected LC syringes, Martha type bulk FC is not my aim) w/ 5 more 1/2 pts from the 2nd run waiting to mature to "rattle" age for easy removal.
Only 2 (1-1/4 pt. and 1- 1/2 pt.) got trichy from lackadaisical tape application.
I'm going to keep them in vitro to see if the cake or trich wins as it's still too cold out to throw them in the compost pile.
Anyway, things are going according to plan except during that 2nd run I made up some new LC's (baby bottle tek) and had some questions about the activity (or lack thereof) of the LC:
1.) First LC run was tried and true B+, Pink Buffalo, and (new for me) South American.
2nd LC run was King Oyster, Brown Oyster, portabella, Hawaiian PE, and Amazonian PE.
a.) 1st run had 3 LC failures due to sterility (some nipples need new silicon) of 2 different
1 was cloudy, 3 were a bit cloudy, but started to devour all the air in the sealed
bottles and the sides of the bottle started to pucker in. These were easy for me to
identify because of previous experience but I wanted to ask about the "air eating"
Anyone had a similar experience?
b.) 2nd LC run was a BB each of the 5 strains listed above and here's the results
I.) Brown oyster = cloudy after 1st day [LC syringe]
II.) Portabella = cloudy after 1st day [LC syringe]
III.) King oyster = crystal clear (or as crystal as ME LC gets) 4 days in [LC syringe]
IV.) Am. PE = cloudy after 2nd day [spore syringe]
V.) H. PE = crystal clear [spore syringe]
These syringes are over 1.5 years old and I know that ANY LC syringe should be well dead by this time but the spore syringes (even clumped as they are) should be good.
2.) The cloudy boomer LC's are toast I know, but I've never had a good run of edible LC and wonder if ANY edible LC gets cloudy (instead of ropey boomer myc goodness) and is still uninfected?
These are all 2X failures IME and after 2X's I deem the cloudy toast and the clear just a dead LC syringe.
3.) The cloudy PE is toast, but the clear one seems fine except for no myc. The clump of spores in both PE syringes is so dark and cohesive I thought the plunger rubber was starting to disintegrate.
Do you think the clear PE LC syringe had a clump contained ALL the spores, so much so that if that clump was not in the 'noc squirt, it was like injecting sterile water?
4.) What's your favored way of breaking up spore clumps?
Just curious folks.
Edited by shoomer, 02 March 2017 - 05:41 PM.