this is in no way a ultimate guide by no stretch of the imagination, maybe just a way to do it if 'no soak' isn't working for you.
I'm using what I have on hand and actually will continue the thread threw fruiting just for fun also maybe concider this a refresher course for some of you.
I know some of the newer than me new guys are quite accomplished but this is just my take on growing mushies and the how's and whys.
Through the years I've adopted WBS as a main protocol as H.poo was always hit or miss with me . . composted substrate be nice but I'm not always able make some from the beginning to the end. .
'no soak' many have success with some of you, but for me not, it may have been the latitude (where I was living at the time) messing with the water ratio.
working with soaked wbs assures me most the contams are germinated sprouted and killed and I can just go 60 min PC but I go 70, also I have better control over the moisture as I really like it just so, and I can fine tune before the birdseed is put in the jar by my three point moisture tests... more latter on that.
when I look for wild bird seed I like high amounts of white proso millet it's got more Phosphorus and generally more nutritious also I like a bit of milo and like everyone else, no corn. So what do I pick out? bird seed with corn! lol.
Edit: before simmer and while soaking I throw a couple tsp of gypsum that's about all you need for a half pot like this, most gets thrown out after simmering.
Although I like popcorn if I'm going invitro mixing verm and H. poo which I have done from time to time especially when doing invitro in gallon freezer bags.
I like to over night soak the wbs, it's less time consuming being on the stove but currently I wasn't able to so I did the simmering for hours thing . . if you have to do this, one tip is, at one point bring to a boil 2 - 5 mins turn stove off stir occasionally, cover after 3 1/2 mins, this is on electric stoves because the burner takes that time to actually stop heating the mixture.
we're looking for 5% or less broke kernels and/or the seeds being twice their original size
here the the milo works as a good indicator for when it's done. It should be able to split with your thumbnail but the very center still be dry but these are not, yes I cooked them too long lol.
now I gave you an example what not to do lol . . but in the words of Clint Eastwood we'll 'improvise and overcome' . . I'll just keep them on the dry side before PC.
ideally while their still hot an steaming throw them on newspaper spread out thin and in an hour or two they should look dry on the outside but still feel wet in your hand, if you have the WBS in the palm of your hand and dump them off it should leave no wet spots, zero!
more tomorrow. . .
Edited by Hash_Man, 03 December 2017 - 06:49 PM.