Rust colouring on mycelium
Posted 11 December 2018 - 08:20 AM
Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:01 AM
It will help a bit to know what you're working with.
Pics could also be helpful if you can manage.
Many gourmet cultures go through some dramatic changes prior to fruiting.
Give us some clues?
Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:30 PM
I do have pics but not sure how to post them.
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Posted 11 December 2018 - 06:25 PM
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I'm afraid that from those pics, the news is not good. Definitely not normal. From the looks of it, maybe lipstick mold. Please don't open those in your home. maybe straight to the compost pile or garbage outside.
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Posted 11 December 2018 - 09:00 PM
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Posted 12 December 2018 - 07:37 AM
I looked into lipstick mould and from the images i saw they seemed to be quite pink in colour, mine is quite orangey/yellow. I was wondering if I had my heat mat up too high or if it is definitely contaminated and should cut losses.
This morning my mycelium had less rusty patches.
I also took extra care when Innoculating (i use 100% isopropyl to clean area etc) is it possible my spore syringe is a dud?
This is also the first time using bags I usually go for containers, could this be another factor?
Posted 12 December 2018 - 07:41 AM
Could it be too much moisture causing the problems?
Posted 12 December 2018 - 08:57 AM
It may not be lipstick mold but it looks to me like there is some type of baddie brewing in there... Its possible that increased temperatures played a role. High temperatures can make it easier for contaminates to get a foothold...
What is the ambient temperature in your space without the heat mat...? Using that heat mat may not even be necessary..
Posted 12 December 2018 - 10:12 AM
Your project, the one featured in your photographs, is certainly - beyond a doubt - contaminated.
Coorsmikey offers the best advice so far......Don't open the bag. Dispose of that project ASAP.
A review of sterile technique is in order. I wouldn't immediately think of moisture as an issue - nor would I suspect the spore syringe (given the unusual nature of the contaminant). I'm not discounting either of these items - they're just not where I would start in reviewing the process.
Since this is your "first time using bags", can you detail the prep process?