It seems a good idea to roll all my reports and questions into one thread rather than posting a bunch of threads.
One ball of string in the kitchen drawer rather than short little pieces of string all over the house; one clump of mycelium rather than a bit of hyphae here and there.
To start, here are my four quart jars: two WBS inoculated March 16 (24 days ago) and two rye inoculated March 25 (15 days ago).
All pictures are of just one side of each jar. As you old timers know, there's a lot of variability from one jar side to the next. Some jars are completely colonized on one side and partially colonized on another. I took pictures not of the best side of each jar, but the side that best represents the whole.
I can upload more pictures if that would help.
All jars were shaken four days ago.
Rye Jar A is about 85-90% colonized.
Rye Jar B is about 60% colonized. It was so solid that when I shook it, the colonized part at the top barely budged, and separated from the uncolonized part at the bottom. Now there's something of a space barrier between the two parts, with two dime sized bits of mycelium in the lower part. I probably should have shaken it sooner.
WBS Jar C is about 70% colonized. It occurred to me this morning to draw a line along the mycelium edge to monitor growth.
WBS Jar D is about 60% colonized.
I plan to use 6 quart shoe tubs with coir and either coffee grounds or horse poo.
My questions now are:
* Does this long uneven incubation use up the nutrients in the grain in the fast parts while the slow parts catch up?
* How close am I to moving each of these to a shoe tub?
* How many quarts of mycelium per shoe tub? I think the ratio is 1 mycelium to 2 coirPoo?
* The water where I live is generally alkaline. Should I use old coffee grounds to add a bit of acidity?
* I will be away from home April 20-April 30, and again May 18-June 17. Even if my jars are ready to go into tubs, should I postpone growing until I'm home?
* If I do have to postpone growing, do I just put the jars in the fridge to put them into hibernation?
Thank you! ♥