So, I think it will be beneficial for me to have a spot to ask some questions about this process. I'm sure there are places here where the questions I pose have been answered multiple times....I'm just not proving all the quick in finding the info. There is a lot of it here!
I opted for bags, as I have mentioned elsewhere. Convenient as they are, so far, I'm already looking forward to making some cakes and possibly playing around with bird seed....soon.
I inoculated 4 one lb bags of rye with B+ cubes about 13 days ago. At about 7 days I had growth in each bag.....and from what I understand about rye, it goes slooooow.
My first question/concern is about humidity during incubation. So far I'm going with the idea that it's not super important. There is visible moisture inside each bag. I have the bags in a cardboard flat on top on the water heater with a space heater in the same area keeping the temp in the mid to upper 70's. I am fanning the space a few times a day also.
I'm in the high desert and it's still pretty cold yet...so that creates more need for supplemental heat.
My concern is the effect of humidity at this stage of colonization. It's been steady at 30%. ....but I'm concerned about the hater I'm using and the air possibly getting too dry outside the bags.
This morning I put an ultra-sonic humidifier with distilled water in the space to bump up the humidity. Is this necessary?
Is there an ideal humidity for colonization? or a low threshold?