As some of you know I've had one failure after another the whole summer, actually starting in mid spring. I think I found the reason, I found out that the PH was too low when I mixed the sub for my latest grow. Seeing as how this is the first time I've checked it I gotta wonder how far off the previous grows were. This one started around 6 - 6.3 so I added gypsum to bring it up to 7, checking several areas for hot spots before putting it into the oven for pasteurization.
I've got high hopes for this one, I'm spawning 3 qts of GWM to it. It will be a little over a 2:1 sub to spawn ratio using a manure based sub. I'll check the PH again before spawning it just to be sure. The quarts will wait in the meantime if it doesn't check out. If it goes too basic what would you recommend to correct it?
The present grow has been a disappointment, genetics worked against me. It is Treasure Coast and for the most part they average about 2" tall with a spindly stem and less than 1/2" diameter caps. The sub they pull with them probably weighs more then them. It would probably take 100 of them to equal one KSSS shroom for size and weight.
The experiments with agar and LC are progressing nicely with 4 LC jars and another 5 agar varieties that I recently did A2A transfers. 4 of the agars have recovered nicely but one with Ecuador doesn't look promising. I'm experimenting with a yeast based agar that I came across on Youtube and so far the results are promising. Getting great rhizome growth from the first varieties that are now in the fridge waiting for their turn at LC. One of the other recent transfers is PB and it's really responding to the agar compared to the others, Argentina, GT and
Another question, how much mycelia do I allow to settle in the jar before putting it in the fridge? Right now I've got about 1/2" of mycelia in the bottom of a pint jar that was mixed at 4% corn syrup and doesn't seem to be growing any more. When I put them on the stir plate there's a good cloud and the water is clear after they've settled.