First a question: My rye bulk grow is pinning all over the sides, what's the best course of action for that?
When I first got started, I did some PF-Tek but with a left over syringe I, on a whim, inoculated some rye. Since I didn't have a pressure cooker at the time, I attempted to find out why people believed you couldn't do it any other way, so I searched and found very little, then started the following thread on shroomery: https://www.shroomer...27314090&page=0
Using logic, I figured the following: it seems as if steam sterilization of grain doesn't work because the time it takes the steam to heat the jar, penetrate the rye at the center of the jar, cook that rye, then sterilize the soft core of the rye would be about 8 hours, then if I soak and completely cook the rye first, sterilizing the core, then dry quickly, then steam sterilize, the steam would only have to sterilize the outer surface of the rye grain, and would take much much quicker. Would a PC still be quicker and easier? Sure! But I couldn't reason why this method would not work? I started this thread: https://www.shroomer...2/vc/1#27357715
to figure out if anyone could answer the question, but, after frustration from talking past other posters, the final word was: grow a mushroom and prove it.
In fact, how frustrating that last thread became is the reason I decided to come here to Mycotopia. I'm not proud that I allowed myself to get as frustrated as I did, but, I did. I might have been an ignorant newbie, but people there, including the mod who inactivated that thread, just weren't able to understand (or care to understand) what I was asking. I think they thought the jars were contaminated just because "you need a pressure cooker, so if you didn't use one, they are contaminated". They let dogma get in the way of actually thinking.
That being said, I spawned both rye jars to coir, and one is pinning! The other jar I spawned about a week after the first, but it's growing well too! I'll post some pictures below. So, you can sterilize rye by soaking to soften the grains, cooking to sterilize the core, and then steaming in jars to re-sterilize the outer parts.
I'm not saying this is the optimal way to do this, I'm not saying it will work again (but I imagine it would and am in the process of trying another batch using the same method, just for fun, and it seems to be working well-all 3 jars are 50% colonized), I'm not saying it is as easy as using a PC, but it is working.
Now to the point, lol, what do I do about those side pins?