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#1 kcmoxtractor

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 03:08 PM

It's been a few years since I dropped by for a grow thread, and I've learned a lot in that time. Mostly what doesn't work at scale due to getting my ass handed to me on numerous occasions. This thread is going to cover a commercial buildout, with everything you need to process thousands of pounds of sub a week; enough to harvest 500lbs twice a week.

I was pumping a few hundred pounds a week for 2 years, but when my daughter was born I had to take a step back to make time for family. During my vacation, I researched heavily into processing equipment to simplify throughput and reduce my time spent growing way more mushrooms.

I'm going to be releasing a multi-purpose commercial mushroom steam sterilizer kit in the next month or two, after I work out any kinks with the stainless manufacturer. These kits are good for almost any size operation, until you need a room sized autoclave to process your material. You could even use them for growing a lot of cubes with pasteurization or sterilization, by adjusting the wattage to your heating element.

I picked up my new boiler and thermal controller yesterday, and will have stock tanks later tonight. My goal is 1k lbs a week, and only hire someone to help harvest. I will be mixing sub with a ribbon mixer, sealing with an automatic band sealer, and mixing sub and spawn with a home made spinning cylinder; automation is the key to success. I'm using a high pressure misting pump for humidity now, from aeromist.

Now on to some pictures

Here's the boiler, a 16 gallon milk can boiler with thermal controller. I got it from mile hi distillers.

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Here's a stock photo of a stock tank.

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Here's a ribbon mixer.

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Horizontal band sealer.

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My substrate mixer is based on the unicorn bags design found here-
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#2 kcmoxtractor

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 03:41 PM

Pictures from my farm, before my daughter was born.

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 03:49 PM

Wooooooooooow, I love your passion and ingenuity! Good luck, I hope any kinks are easy to smooth out, this is going to be incredible!

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 03:50 PM

Great to see you back here old friend. The pictures of your farm are awesome !

I'm looking forward to the progression of this thread.


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Posted 30 October 2020 - 03:59 PM

More pictures

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 04:46 PM

Have you ever had any problems with the authorities giving you the side eye or prying into your property as you scaled up to a commercial level ? Looking good man .
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Posted 30 October 2020 - 05:15 PM

Have you ever had any problems with the authorities giving you the side eye or prying into your property as you scaled up to a commercial level ? Looking good man .


Never, but I've always been registered with the secretary of state. A couple of local cops would always stop by to get farmer's market produce and mushrooms from my booth.
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Posted 30 October 2020 - 06:13 PM

welcome back. glad to see you are doing well  :hug:


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Posted 30 October 2020 - 07:19 PM

First off, congrats on your daughter, brother ;)  Pulling up a seat, I always learn cool shit in your threads !


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 06:17 AM

Welcome back KC!

 

Congrats on your daughter and progression growing commercially. I always enjoy and learn from your posts/work......

 

Great inspiration and information....as always I'm appreciative of the sharing.....

 

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#11 rockyfungus

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 11:38 AM

Looks amazing, what do you do for humidity and fresh air?



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 02:20 PM

Good to see you around KC!!  It's been a long time.

Amazing operation you got there!


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 01:35 PM

Beautiful grow! 

 

Are all those mushrooms grown in the same grow room? 

 

How do you choose to balance the grow parameters for the different species if so?  Is it all about finding the perfect middle ground 'sweet spot'?



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Posted 05 January 2021 - 12:10 AM

I'm pulling up a chair!

#15 Sidestreet

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Posted 05 January 2021 - 05:09 AM

Real good to see you again KC.  I hope you'll drop by with more pictures from time to time!


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Posted 05 January 2021 - 08:55 AM

Welcome back man! Always had most respect for your dilligence and dedication. Looking forward to these threads and very good to see you back around. Amazing pics!


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Posted 05 January 2021 - 02:42 PM

Looking great KC!



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Posted 26 January 2021 - 11:04 AM

Been selling a lot of cube sub on IG, working on funding the sub mixer. Clearwater genetics group says they want to invest and work on a DEA license for me to cultivate psilocybes, but I won't believe shit until I see the check. Been at this long enough to know investors love to talk but it doesn't translate to action.

Here's the sterilization rig.

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Few subs stacked up under the hood.

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:05 PM

How the fuck did I miss this amazingness!

 

Show us whats happening with that sterilization set up man

Top tub a water supply?

You wild as fuck kc <3


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:42 PM

KC I dont think we have ever met! This is great! Ive read alot of your sruff in the archives brother!




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