This is a monster thread so hopefully it’s ok to just jump right in. I have had some half hearted attempts at pans before and never gotten anything but contains in the end. I’m trying again with Sandoze. I don’t know that I can get anything perfect, but I think I have a shot. Hoping for some input so maybe if there is something glaring I can address it before I get there:
I started with a MS syringe from a vendor. I prepped WBS with gypsum and added about an inch on top of a chopped straw field aged Cpoo mixture. Jars are just a bit over half full. Nothing is packed too tight. I have germination in about 3 days incubating between 83-85 degrees. Some of the myc has grabbed the straw/cpoo that is closest to the grain so I feel ok about that. SHOULD I SHAKE?
The plan is to get some small foil brownie trays and dump each jar into it’s own tray to get about 1” depth. I figured I would let that recover for a day or two and then case with a simple 60/40 verm/coir around 1/4” and go straight to FC. DOES THAT SOUND OK OR TOO ROUGH ON THE MYC?
FC is an automated greenhouse of sorts I built. Temperature can be held pretty reliably between 74-78*. The less I open it the higher and steadier the temperature stays. Any warmer will take a rethink. WILL THOSE TEMPERATURES WORK?
Humidity is pretty easy to handle, but I have a digital and analog hygrometer and the analog generally reads 90-95 even though I fog it heavy enough that you can’t see clearly to the back of it when it’s open. The digital will read 99 at those points. IS 90% RH low enough? IS IT OK TO FOG IT OUT COMPETELY?
I just moved away from the digital humidity controller operating everything and just switched to interval timers. What I am doing right this second as my initial attempt is this: I have an airtight box with a vacuum hepa filter, that has a small computer squirrel cage style fan inside and a length of hose pushing the filtered air into a sealed 5 gallon bucket. Inside the bucket is a 5 disc pond fogger and an aquarium heater that holds temperature at 78*. The fan can move 18cf/m but it is probably running a little less. A hose then connects the bucket to the FC. The FC is about 12cf. There are two 120mm waterproof fans INSIDE the FC. The fans and fogger are all on separate timers so the external fan kicks on and runs for 3 minutes pumping in filtered fresh air which picks up some warmth and moisture from the bucket. After two minutes the fogger kicks on and instantly turns the fresh air into a stream of dense fog and runs for one minute. It completely fogs the FC but there is minimal condensation because the whole thing is insulated well. The internal fans kick on with the fresh air and run through the whole cycle and runs 1 minute longer to completely mix the now humidified air in the FC.
That should be enough for a full air exchange and then some each cycle. The cycle repeats 4x every hour. My thinking is that this will provide more than enough FAE, humidity will stay very high, but it is also a lot of air disturbance to allow surface evaporation. HOW MUCH EVAPORATION DO THESE NEED? SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MISTING CASINGS MAYBE ONCE A DAY UNTIL I SEE PINS?
I have a flowhood but it is packed up because my house is about to have to have a lot of work done on it and half my things are packed up so for now MS is really preferred. I probably won’t have the time to try anything else anytime soon because of the work on the house.
That’s it. Are there any obvious failures? Anything you’d suggest dialing up or down or anything I really need to rethink before I move forward? I have some cubes I’m about to put in the FC to monitor the casing layers and what not to see how they dry etc. Thank y’all, and it’s good to be back here after a long time away from the hobby.
**edited for tons of typos**
Edited by Jrotten, 02 February 2020 - 11:14 PM.