Hey all, I would love some experienced opinions about this.
This is a BRF cake, made with hpoo, verm, BRF. Sterilized at 15 psi for 90 min. Inoculated with Costa Rica Cubensis in SAB. All other jars do not have any signs of contamination, but this one, which had the most aggressive growth, had a black spot after about a week of growth. It seemed to be between the myc and the jar. I examined it curiously with a jewelers loop, and saw that it was indeed black and not part of the poo or verm (so my inexperienced self thinks) So I removed it from the general area of the other jars, just to see how it would progress.
I figured it was doomed, but as the mycelium continued to colonize, the black seemed to stay about the same, never really spreading. In fact, as I look at it through the loop today it seems there is noticeably less black than before. It has been colonizing for at least 10 more days since I first noticed it.
Is it possible the mycelium is neutralizing a contam? Or why would the contam not be spreading? Maybe it isn't a contamination. Through the jewelers loop it definitely looks foreign, but then again, maybe I'm the foreign one I'm not sure how visible it will be in the pics.
My plan for this jar is to birth it into a hole dug in a flower pot outside and cover it with some sterilized or pasteurized straw for a microclimate, maybe put some hydrated verm or perlite underneath. It is already in the high 80s and 90s where I live, but was just gonna stick it in the shade keep it moist and hope for the best. Any other brilliant ideas?
Is it a good idea to cut off the portion where the contamination is/was before fruiting it in the pot?