Is there a recommended next step after doing BRF tek? Monotub? If so, what tek should I try?
I continue to research this topic and here is one of the popular teks for monotub that was compiled by wharfrat a few years ago.
Beware that some have found that the coffee in this tek can promote contaminates and from what I have read you can just leave it out.
More to follow as I find them.
The next step after PF cakes would likely be dubtubs or similar.
Monotubs are big. They yield a lot but one failure wipes out lots of spawn and substrate. Not only that but you're left with a large pile of just one variety, that's fine if your selling, host mushroom orgies, or just dont mind monotony. With dubtubs you can cheaply grow medium size crops of a range of mushroom varieties. Dubtubs also use the same size pressure cooker most people buy for doing PF cakes [large enough to hold 4 pint jars or 6 cake jars], people can spawn monos with pint jars, but most seem to prefer quarts.
As someone who never sells, likes variety, and sadly doesnt host mushroom orgies I doubt I'll ever do a mono.
Maybe this will help if you're a visual person (minus the heat pad, 9:38 for results). PE prefers mono/dubtubs, expect slower colonization and fruiting times. Also expect approximately 2x the potency compared to other cubes like GT and B+. Good luck!
Thank you all for your help. I'm somewhat limited on acquiring new resources at the moment but I want to follow in the spirit of what has been suggested--so I ended up experimenting yesterday when I went to dunk my PE on BRF cakes for a second flush.
My first flush yielded just under 2 ounces of cracker dry fruit, the most potent I've ever had. So I'm not experimenting out of desperation, but because I can see the PE-on-BRF moisture retention issues with my own eyes even as I harvest a more-than-expected amount.
I had twelve healthy cakes. I dunked them for 22 hours. Placed eight back into the fruiting chamber to follow the same protocol as before. I broke up the remaining four as gently as possible for use in a mini mono tub. I made pasteurized substrate from verm, sphagnum moss, and gypsum, layered the substrate, then crumbled PE cakes, then substrate, then cakes, then substrate. Set it up to colonize. I decided against adding a casing layer. If I have issues with the mini mono tub, I'll try a casing layer (and maybe replace peat moss with coir) using four more cakes when I dunk for the third flush.
I understand that PE and APE do well on grain, which is what I'll be using the next time I grow either. Is grain optimal for others too, such as Golden Teacher or B+? I like to keep things as simple as I can, so using grains for a lot of my psilocybe grows is appealing.
Pictures of the mini mono tub experiment will be forthcoming in about a week.