Post flush care
Posted 03 May 2005 - 11:55 AM
Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:17 PM
Bleach dunks help prevent contaminants form setting in. Use a 1:200 bleach to water ratio. This means in one gallon of water, which equals 128 oz, you would want to add approximately 0.64 oz of bleach.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:19 PM
Dunking is when you submerge a cake in water for 12-24 hours AFTER it has gone through the first flush (the cake has grown mushrooms which you have harvested) This will replenish lost moisture content and help yields on the second flush.
The 'bleaching' you are talking about is simply when you dunk using a small amount of bleach (200:1 water:bleach). Adding bleach helps destroy contaminates which may have found their way onto the cakes during the growth period. Small concentrations of bleach do not harm the mycelium.
Some growers will dunk a cake after birthing it from the jar, this helps replenish moisture lost during the colonization stage. It is not a necessary step although if you notice your cakes are a bit dry at birth ( the cake looks slightly blue or are just noticeably dry ) it may help yields.
Take a look at the Glossary for more info on commonly used terms such as Flushing, Dunking, Bleach Tek... etc...
Posted 26 January 2006 - 03:10 PM
and I was wondering how I go about performing a second round of casing?
- Do I remove the top layer of peat and re-crumble the cakes into a new cased layer?
- Should I remove and replace the old perlite? It hasn't been changed since the first casing (but doesn't smell bad either)
- Any other tips are appreciated. I had a great first flush thanks to you guys and gals.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 03:14 PM
I would not recrumble the cakes unless you are going to spawn them to new fresh bulk substrate.
Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:41 PM
Posted 27 January 2006 - 06:39 PM
So you laid the brf cake out into a fruiting dish of some sort and cased it, right?
I took the cake and crumbled it up intially per Alien's tek. Then I cased it with the Peat/Verm mix.
But you think I could just scrape or shake a little of this casing off the top and re-case with a fresh batch?
Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:43 PM
Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:51 PM
Enjoy your afternoon Tea!
Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:54 PM
Posted 24 February 2006 - 03:43 PM
Posted 24 February 2006 - 03:58 PM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:52 AM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:54 AM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:01 AM
if you leave them on that cake, they will rot.
clean the cake[s] properly and prepare them for another flush.
you might want to consider dunking
this happens sometimes. they aborted.
just clean, dunk, and try again. make sure you keep that humidity up.
a bit higher would be nice.
also, make sure you give them good air exchange.
fan them often [2+ times a day is ideal].
Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:04 AM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:04 AM
and the greyness on one of the stems has gotten a bit darker in the last few days
that's the mushrooms rotting.
cut them open, you should see that they are dark/black inside.
they're probably still ok to eat, but you may want to make tea
out of them to be safe. if you just dry them out, they're
probably safe to just eat. [eating them fresh might be
a bit nasty].
if you see that a mushroom has not grown at all over the course
of a day, it has aborted. normally, they grow rather quickly.
Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:09 AM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:51 AM
they thrive at 100% RH.
proly why yours stopped short
Posted 30 March 2006 - 01:12 PM
thanks for the info....any tips you can give me on my first attempt at a casing.
i assume you're going to crumble colonized PF cakes and case them.
i'd use straight vermiculite, especially for your first try.
crumble them up into and put them into a bowl or something (preferably
a bowl that light cannot shine through. if light shines through,
mushrooms may form below the surface and be a pain to get to
and could rot and contaminate your project)
arrange the pieces so that the top surface is as level as possible.
press the pieces a little bit, but don't pack them in hard or anything.
cover the bowl with wax paper and let it sit for a few days.
pour some verm into a bowl, boil some water, and immediately pour it
into the bowl to hydrate the verm. (boiling water to sterilize)
let it cool completely (hot or even warm may hurt your fungus).
put like 1/4 inch of this wet verm over the surface, making sure that you
keep the thickness of the layer as uniform as possible.
put into fruiting conditions.
it doesn't need like 100% RH, but it should be pretty high.
I've read that PE is fairly hit or miss as far as colonization goes.
original PE is not so much hit or mess as far as colonization goes, but moreso