So I just started getting into doing bulk grows. The first, and only monotub (56 qt Sterilite) I have done produced a very small first/second flush ~5g dry with using 6 quarts of popcorn spawn. So I was under the assumption that maybe the substrate was just not hydrated enough, since my FAE I believe I have under control. Additionally the casing did look a little dry, and condensation wasn't building up on the walls of the tub anymore. So I did what you do and decided to dunk it for a little bit (~ 2 hours). I dunked the sub in the same tub that I used to fruit, just filled it with water and weighed it down with another tote on top. After the 2 hours was up I decided to transfer the substrate to another monotub I already had made previously as to keep things as clean as possible. I then attempted to lift the sub by the trash bag, but then to my horror the trash bag ripped and my sub came crashing down breaking into hundreds of different pieces. After I took sometime to cool down as I was pretty upset, I transferred all of the broken pieces into the new monotub with a new trashbag in the bottom (this time I made sure it was stronger). The new tub however is essentially just a mix of my casing, and my susbstrate. Not ideal!
My real question is that should I be concerned about contams as I seriously weakened the mycelium thus causing its immune system to weaken? Will it even produce fruit? Overall however this first tub has been pretty discouraging, with the small first flush and then this happening :(. Luckily I have some more grain spawn almost colonized, but I obviously don't want my first tub to get contaminated and ruin those! Any suggestions? If you need any pics let me know (although it won't help to much as it just looks like dirt at this point lol)
Substrate: HPoo, Coir, Verm, Pickling Lime
Casing: Peat Moss, Verm, Pickling Lime, Oyster Shells (50/50+)