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#1 toldmedat

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 02:11 PM

As the title said. Both the colonised spawn and substrate were premade. But I need to improve on my sterilization method honestly. But still what is going on with the cap so I can avoid for the future?
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Posted 25 November 2020 - 02:23 PM

Both look to me like they matured in air that was too dry.


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Posted 25 November 2020 - 04:20 PM

I second the low humidity assessment.


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Posted 25 November 2020 - 04:38 PM

Both look to me like they matured in air that was too dry.

I have the humidifier on. But I have issues with get the heater to work for both the fruiting and colonizing jars. What could I please do?

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 04:39 PM

I second the low humidity assessment.

Is the one with the split cap also matured? Please what can I do?

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Posted 26 November 2020 - 11:35 AM

Looks like low humidity.
Tends to make the caps crack and feel more leathery.

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Posted 26 November 2020 - 12:46 PM

Looks like low humidity.
Tends to make the caps crack and feel more leathery.

I have the humidifier on in the space and it pulls water droplet sometimes. Is there anything else I can do?
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Posted 26 November 2020 - 04:13 PM

What temperatures are you working with?
Also if you have ventilation holes, perhaps close a few of them. You may have too much fae

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Posted 26 November 2020 - 04:44 PM

What temperatures are you working with?
Also if you have ventilation holes, perhaps close a few of them. You may have too much fae

Presently 75f i cannot get it lower without affecting the colonised spawn on the upper level. Wow I never knew it was possible to get too much FAE

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Posted 26 November 2020 - 06:29 PM

Too much fae will reduce you humidity.
All depends on relative humidity to your area also.
Where i live my outside humidity is typically 80%+
Best idea would be to get a humidity monitor. So you can keep the level up high enough.

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Posted 26 November 2020 - 06:33 PM

Too much fae will reduce you humidity.
All depends on relative humidity to your area also.
Where i live my outside humidity is typically 80%+
Best idea would be to get a humidity monitor. So you can keep the level up high enough.

I have a Humidity monitor. My issue is when I put it at 95%, it makes a pool of water. So I decided to drop it to 85%.

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 09:14 AM

They both look pretty mature to me... I am not sure I followed 100% but it sounds like you are supplementing heat for colonization and fruiting... I would suggest doing things at room temperature. I have better luck keeping conditions within the sweet spot while avoiding contamination when I forgo additional heat.


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Posted 27 November 2020 - 01:56 PM

They both look pretty mature to me... I am not sure I followed 100% but it sounds like you are supplementing heat for colonization and fruiting... I would suggest doing things at room temperature. I have better luck keeping conditions within the sweet spot while avoiding contamination when I forgo additional heat.

Yup using a heater for both fruiting and colonizing. It's freezing here but I truly appreciate the reply

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 07:27 PM

Freezing is not a word the mush understands.
Can you keep your house at 70F?
If you say yes, you got all you need.
It's that simple.
And if I may add you can be posting in the proper section of the forum which is right here --->https://mycotopia.ne...gic-mushrooms/ 
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Posted 27 November 2020 - 07:41 PM

Freezing is not a word the mush understands.
Cand you keep your house at 70F?
If you say yes, you got all you need.
It's that simple.
And if I may add you can be posting in the proper section of the forum which is right here --->https://mycotopia.ne...gic-mushrooms/
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Okay thank you.
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Posted 02 December 2020 - 02:23 PM

 

I have a Humidity monitor. My issue is when I put it at 95%, it makes a pool of water. So I decided to drop it to 85%.

 

 

Unless it's specifically designed to measure rH at levels above 95% then it's not going to be accurate at that level or higher, and you cannot rely on it. You don't actually need to measure humidity at all.

 

Also, make sure that your heat source is not in a direct line of sight from your jars or bags and fruiting bins. Radiant heat drives off moisture, which might be causing your issue.



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Posted 02 December 2020 - 06:36 PM

I have a Humidity monitor. My issue is when I put it at 95%, it makes a pool of water. So I decided to drop it to 85%.


Unless it's specifically designed to measure rH at levels above 95% then it's not going to be accurate at that level or higher, and you cannot rely on it. You don't actually need to measure humidity at all.

Also, make sure that your heat source is not in a direct line of sight from your jars or bags and fruiting bins. Radiant heat drives off moisture, which might be causing your issue.
That makes sense. Thank you.
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