Pretty straight forward - I finally am getting around to trying to grow my own. I bought the Simple Kit from Midwest Grow Kits with a graphite heat mat. Basically I am not anticipating growing too much so I got lazy and went that route. I also got "Maui Platinum" spores from Premiumspores, but after investigating post-purchase the strain looks pretty much made up and the price was not great but hey, live and learn. Regardless, hopefully this will serve as useful info for anyone else that gives Maui Platinum a try.
I did the open oven method of inoculation just under a week ago on 6 jars and am pretty much following their grow guide to the T as much as I'm able (hence the foil loosely on top of the jars below). All of the jars are being stored in a small plastic tub in my closet between 75 - 82 degrees, so far I have been able to keep the temps extremely consistent.
Things appear to be moving quickly and there is no contamination as far as I can tell in any of my jars. 3 of the 6 seem to be colonizing very quickly, one of them is a little slower, and the other two appear to just be getting started. I did about 1 to 1.5 CCs of solution per jar. The syringe when it arrived had a fat black clump of spores which I was able to break up for a more even inoculation (or so I thought).
Here is some growth from two of the better jars.