Me and an old friend have been talking and planning for the last 6+ months on how we can create a gourmet mushroom company. It matches our passions perfectly and we both are in the right point in our life to try to become independent from the machine. We both know very little about mycology, so we have decided to teach ourselves by creating our own classroom.
I have obtained is a very small multi-floor home. It is an old, somewhat shitty, home. This property has been obtained for the express purpose of studying mycology- there will be no residents. However, we will end up practically living here so the ground floor has been equipped with beds and has a small kitchen/living room. Upstairs we got two bedrooms and a bathroom. One bedroom (B2) is large and is about 16X16 ft. Will use B2 for late stage/harvesting/drying. The other bedroom (B1) will serve as our “clean room” (I use this term very loosely). We will use B1 to incubate and experiment.
What makes the “clean room” possible for B1? Well, it has a unique entrance- when I toured this property, I really had to conceal my excitement LOL. So, when you are in the hallway you first enter into a small bathroom(Prep room or P1). Inside P1 is another door which leads to B1. Here is a pic to help understand layout, the doors and bathtub/sink/toilet layout is accurate, but they are much closer together. (Please note the room sizes are closer to 8X8 and I did a rough approximation of how we will setup fans /tubs/etc):
We will use one of these on the door between P1 and B2. We will have full body clean suits and ventilator masks. We will store these in a plastic garment bag between uses. (Would we need to PC the clean suits first and also between uses?) We will first enter the bathroom and derobe and sponge with alcohol/water solution. Then we will take clean suits out of storage and put those on. Then we will sponge again with the suits on. Then we will spray a fuck ton of Lysol in the air before opening the door. We will eventually get another air purifier for the bathroom in a few weeks but that’s not in the budget right now. Is all of that overkill?
We are thinking of using monotubs within this room. Why you may ask? We want to be able to segregate our experiments to some degree within the room- we are worried about the multitude of variables introduced by having different strains/experiments in open air. We are hoping simple tubs with poly fill holes will suffice to mitigate any unknowns. Thoughts on this? Is it a pointless effort and should we focus the entire room towards one or two experiments/strains at a time?
Our monotub design will be simplistic. We will drill 4 holes- each 2 inches. Stuff with polyfill. We will also slap one or two of these puppies on the inside of the lid to guide growth upwards. Will turn lights on manually for each tub as needed.
Our main concern is how to maintain proper humidity in the tubs with one centralized humidifier. We are hoping to spend about $300-$600 on a humidifier that we can plug and play. We will hook up humidifier to something like this . If anybody has a similar device but with multiple sensor hookups please let me know. Would be nice to have a humidity sensor hanging in the room and another inside a tub or two. We have no desire to segregate humidity system to each tub as we need to learn how whole room humidity works.
Another concern is the exothermic nature of shroom production and the gaseous byproducts of growth. We think two box fans and an air filter that has a pre-filter and a HEPA filter should do the trick. This will also help with contams. If the room is getting too hot we thought one of these might be worth testing out. Thoughts on this system? The room will be ~80 degrees Fareinheit without any air conditioning during peak summer months-occasionally hitting the mids 90s. Is this too high?
Another concern is humidity and damage to the house. To mitigate this we plan on using a staple gun and 11 Mil Brown Tarp. We will staple the tarp to the walls, floors, and ceiling. We hope this tarp combined with the air filter will mitigate any contams from the windows/walls etc. The room has two small windows and an overhead fan. Curious if the existing fan should be sanitized and wrapped since it has holes above it where the wiring comes in. Or is it worth sanitizing frequently and using to create more air flow?
Also with this tarp method how concerned should we be with mold growing between the tarps and the wall? If mold grows inside the wall I don’t really give a shit. We will dump this property in a year. I will be covering the air vents with an extra layer of protection before the tarp goes up.
Our concern here isn’t stealth/speed or necessarily accessibility for ingredients/tools etc. Our goal is to work our way up to commercial growing. So we are willing to source hard to find things if they are worth it. We are willing to wait and invest time into things if this will help Return On Investment (ROI).
We plan on initially growing Psilocybe Cubensis. It seems to be a good way to learn a lot about mycology and there is so much existing info. Additionally, it is easier to create early stage ROI with Cubensis Prints, Syringes, etc. Using this ROI and knowledge gained we can expand into large scale Oyster, Lions Mane production.
For our first attempt I have purchased Bulk Substrate and Spawn Bags from North Spore. They were fantastic BTW highly highly recommend them. Got syringes from Insatiable Wonders of the Unknowns. Got APE Revert, B+, Golden Teacher, and AA+ Leucistic. While we have one of those starting, we will start creating our own bulk substrate and spawn bags. I have connected with a local horse farmer and have unlimited free poop. Thinking of getting this Amish Pressure Cooker- thoughts on this pressure cooker?
Ok that is my information dump. I will keep you guys updated as we go. In the very early stages here we are still constructing clean room. I really wanted to put everything out there so I can get feedback early. Some more info on this post- I am sure there is more stuff I’m forgetting. Any and all feedback is welcome and respected.