Absorbent Cleaning cloth for cakes
Posted 16 March 2007 - 10:09 AM
You can buy ultra absorbent fiber cloth used for kitchen cleaning wipers and cut them in the shape and size of the base of your cakes. Must be the ones that are like 5 mm thick. Then put your cakes on top of this and now you can put these on foil or whatever you put on top of the perlite.
To keep this cloth moist you can just use a syringe and add water to it until you can see moisture barely on the outside. The micelium actually likes this cloth, it runs all over it. And you can still add water with a syringe as you feel necessary. Actually most of my pins came out of the base where the cloth was. Hope i had pics.
First time I did this it went bad because I used big 30x40 cm pieces of cloth and since some parts didnt colonize some mold spots appeared, but this is prevented by cutting discs and PC them before using.
Thats it for now. Any comments welcome as usual.
Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:32 AM
the cake could become "waterlogged" and also that the moist, uncolonized perlite could absorb mushroom wastes and foster contaminates
(although my foaf's experiments have shown dissident results:
the cakes do NOT become waterlogged by the saturated perlite, although they would if you had a layer of perlite floating on a layer of water
and the perlite isn't more of a contam vector than anything else in your terrarium that's not colonized or sterile)
The thing about what you are suggesting is that,
both of the alleged issues should still apply to this new method right?
The waterlogging is not such an issue as you have found,
just don't sit it in an overly wet place, saturated perlite= OK, wet perlite = NOT
The other argument is that the kitchen wipe thing will soak up mushroom wastes and foster contaminates, it would do this just as much as perlite performing the same function would, and as you can see this is not a problem either......
The arguments against perlite seem incorrect, at least in my foaf's experience..... this method also goes against these ideas, and it too works well..... Anyone got experience that says otherwise, making sure that they drained the standing water off the perlite first?
Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:56 AM
Posted 19 March 2007 - 01:59 PM
Also - ever bite down on a nugget of verm stuck in a shroom stalk? Nasty.
Ever bite down on a pellet of Perl? Much worse...
Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:27 PM
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