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I'm going for it - rehydrating 10 year old PF cakes!


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#1 SelfTransformingMachineElf

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:10 PM

I've got a few dozen shrunken, fully spawned PF jars.  They're 10 years old.  From what I can tell, there's nothing wrong with them other than being really dry (and old of course).  I know cultures can go dormant, and I need these jars - so why not!  I'll take some pictures before I perform the dunk and post them here.  If they plump up I plan to just do my good ole' standard DEC with perlite in Sterilites.


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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:29 PM

Ive never hesrd of 10 year old cakes that havent gotten contamed at all!

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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:34 PM

Mmmmm, I wonder if it might be better to inject some sterile water in them to let the mycelium revive without competition from anything else before dunking.



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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:35 PM

Pulling up the chair! I usually don't like Miracle Grow products but this round I am rooting for ya!

 

Edit: If you need some spores to look at, let me know? 


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Posted 28 March 2021 - 08:40 PM

Sounds interesting!! 



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Posted 29 March 2021 - 08:03 AM

@jrh - my cakes are strong!  They have stood the test of time - we're going in raw.  Jokes aside, there's nothing nutritive, so I feel like with a non-nutritive casing and lots of FAE, things will work out well.  Fingers crossed, anyway.


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Posted 29 March 2021 - 10:13 AM

There's something to be admired for the optimism!



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Posted 29 March 2021 - 12:40 PM

Mad science is the best science!

 

Good luck, and I hope they don't turn out to be killer zombie cakes or anything...

 

 

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 07:45 PM

Update:

Due to my utter lack of time and my immediate need for jars (I guess half pint wide mouths aren't available in stores yet/anymore?), I decided to just release the cakes into the wild.  I was actually feeling pretty good about their chances - it's very humid at the moment.  But alas, it looks like we have a cold snap coming in - so I bet they're all goners.

 

However, I also found a flat of colonized popcorn jars - same age.  I'll make sure to get a picture once I dig my digital camera.  They're so desiccated, it doesn't even look like popcorn.  I may try to just go straight to more popcorn with them, and maybe try an agar plate or two.






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