Straw/Coir bulk sub w/straight coir casing
Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:11 PM
I have no camera, so I have no pics at the moment. I just wanted to set everyone up with a write-up and then I'll bump the thread with the pics later on.
About a year ago, I ordered four spore syringes from Ralphsters. I was unable to use them until later. So once I could, I tested each syringe on PF jars. The only one that remained viable was my PESA. Once the PESA jar grew out and fruited, I made a clone by cutting tissue from the best looking
fruit and plopping it into an LC.
The LC grew out and I inocculated two test jars, and then twelve more. Fourteen half-pint PF jars in all. These grew out and I spawned them to coir, straw, one filter's worth of used coffee grounds, and about a cup of calcium carbonate. The ratio was about 4:1 straw to coir. Colonization of the substrate took about a week.
The substrate was pasteurized with 165 degree tap water plus a splash of bleach for 90 minutes in a big pot, plus the time it took to bring the water to temperature. The fruiting chamber is a rubbermaid tub, which is about 18" by 12" on the bottom. The substrate is about 2" deep.
After the substrate grew out, I pasteurized quite a bit of coir along with a cup and a half of calcium carbonate. I'm not sure how much coir, but I cased with 3/4" and had enough to case another tub of the same size left over.
(side note: I also spawned one PF cake after one flush to some of this casing mix in a Country Crock butter tub and gave it to a close friend as an early Christmas present. I'll include pics of this when I can for fun :) )
As for my rubbermaid, just before the substrate was cased, I punched 1/4" holes in the sides, every two inches, just above the substrate, for airflow a la monotub. Since the holes are so small, and it was hard to get polyfil into them, I'm going to forego polyfil unless humidity gets low. Also I cut out a section of the lid and taped plastic wrap over it for light exposure. This idea came from furry moderator Llamabox, from this thread: http://mycotopia.net...ghlight=monotub
Now, just so I don't leave you unsatisfied, here's some mycoporn from my last tub grow, a few years ago:
If I get results such as this I will be more than happy; this crop weighed in at about four ounces dry. Wish me luck! No need to reply to this thread, I will bump it when I have something to show you!
I :heartbeat Mycotopia!
Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:01 AM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:36 PM
Now, I felt it could have been more: I definitely did not pre-soak my straw, and I didn't use dookie like I wanted to.
I'll try to get some harvest pics, and second flush, too. Peace!
Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:45 PM
how'd that coir casing perform for you,
any overlay ?
Posted 16 December 2006 - 01:42 PM
The second flush is coming. Quite sparse; only a dozen or so mushrooms making up the bulk, and then some johnny-come-latelies that will finish a couple of days behind. Like you once said, Hippie, straw tends to blow it's whole wad in the first flush. I might be able to get ahold of a camera, but there's not much to see. I'm not complaining; mushrooms are mushrooms!
In about a week, I'm gonna make a new tub using Mycrotopia Brand Donkey Doo!!!