Ok, not sure if the Prof. will let me call this a TEK or not but i've never seen it before and it works, so...
The Jist of it: creating false edges throughout a casing to promote more pins and fruits with certain strains that like to primarily pin at edges... or where the myc. meets the casing layer.
I kept doing flat casings and getting little to no pins in the middle of the casing but lots of pinning at the edges. so i thought, why do I have to do a flat casing? so what i did was lay out the substrate (wbs with a verm. rez) and after doing so, I took a clean butter knife and starting at one side, cut about 3/4 of the way thru the sub and pushed or mounded up about a 2 inch mound. then went to the other side of the mound and did it again until i got to the otherside.
you'll be able to see what exactly i mean with the pics here in a second. you can start on either side but you need to go from one side to the other so that your substrate doesn't fall back on your newly formed mound.
the way i do it is put three qts. worth of sub on one side of the bin and three on the other. just like i did with the popcorn rez'd bins. some may think this is a waste of that two inches down the middle but it's really not since i still use the same amount of sub. in either case (six qts. total). I believe this allows air/gas exchange for the bottom of the sub. anyhow, after i let those mounded subs. recover for a couple days, i case each mound so they look like so:
what this is doing is creating edges (hence the name) that gives the myc. more options for pinning. Now this is only meant for strains that don't like to pin from the casing top but from the sides. heres a couple pix of the mazzies that I just did with this tek. as you can see from the second pic... there are little to no pins coming from the casing layer itself, most are coming from the sides of the casing layer or the gap that i formed with the knife. :)
Edited by Sidestreet, 05 October 2016 - 05:07 AM.