That's mold and if you got a place outside that you can bury that. Might get some fruits (doesn't look hopeful to me). "Deadbeat" bags should be tossed too. If they show literally nothing happening after let's say 2 weeks. You could figure out hydrating the bags properly and sterilizing (this may be a lost cause though).
Yep, that's what I feared. We are rural, and have a large garden/greenhouse. Maybe I'll toss it into the greenhouse which is basically done for the season, but it has spruce mill ends comprising the front beds ... if there is any myc in there, it "might' grow .. otherwise, well, compost has great value here!
That plate is a bunch of NOPE. Toss it! you are exposing yourself to possible pathogens or just headaches down the road with contamination.
You would be terrified to visit me! My woodshed (I cut and split standing dead for firewood) is a mycologist's wet dream. Then I bring the wood into the house. And stack it next to my beer and wine fermenters. I'm a grubby boi. We'll see how clean I can get (my clean room is very clean, relatively, and behind multiple levels protecting it from the outside debris)
Best process would be to perform the PF tek with those syringes. Try and also use the first drop onto an agar plate or inoculation loop to streak a plate. Then the rest of the syringe into a bag.
Repeat that for each syringe. Different bag, PF jar, or plate if different cultures, obviously.
I like the idea of PF/BRF Tek a LOT ... in fact I was just scooting around on the net looking up if I can use the same idea but with hardwood medium in jars for shiitake ... I do NOT want to use bags. I think plastic waste is abhorrent, and I'm taking extreme pains to try to develop techniques that eliminate as much of it as possible. So while re-using jars might yield less, it will waste less over time. I bought 2 sets of 10 pre-poured agar plates, and those are the last of such. I intend to find me a set of what ... maybe 10-20? borosilicate Petri dishes, and take care of them as I do my jars.
Agar will show you if the syringe is even clean to begin with. Or if it even has the myc you want. It also will quickly humble you if you are not sterile. So, may be difficult to determine if it's you learning the process or the seller.
Study up on inoculating bags. It's doable in a SAB but will make you want bigger and better things if you are doing it daily.
I have a SAB, and I think it's OK albeit small. I'll be getting a steriliser bulb and a handheld wand thing too. I do not need a lot of edibles, or psych ... just some. Like with my beermaking .. I just want enough for my daily use (we actually split a bottle at lunch for most days) and some to stash and age. But .. I'm sure I will be humbled a-plenty by the challenges of learning/developing proper sterile technique. I'm OK with that.
Really hard to tell on your PF jar if it's myc. Probably can remove foil if you have lids with ports or w/e they sold you.
The jars came with foil, and four holes in the lid. The instructions say to put the foil back on after inoculating, but loosely, with a little dome. In future, I'll make my own filter lids. That's EZ
Best process is to skip anyone selling you anything. It's overpriced and they may suck at it compared to what you can do...
Best of luck. I see lots of failure with grow kits, all-in-ones, and other sold products. Magic for the masses will work for any mushroom. Not ideally but it will get you started and allow you to understand where you want to go.
I agree. To Magic for the Masses I will attend, as instructed. Most, if not all of what you see me doing here is "first run" stuff. I got the all in one bags to get something going (and intent to harvest and clone, etc. from there), and sadly 2 out of three failed. ($50+ went POOF) I bought the Mega kit as it included the prepped jars and a tub as well as other things (some worthless, others hard to get here (I live in a place without stores! I literally cannot go out and buy a tub and they won't be getting new jars at the grocery store until next year ... EVERYTHING I get has to be ordered online) so I figured I could re-use the tub and jars and Perlite and the lighting, etc. And by the time these bags and jars are done, I will have learned enough to be doing my own thing.
Right? Right. : )
That's a nice pinset on the Oyster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh boy .. that was yesterday .. look at it now!!!