Double-tub grow (with results...)
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:34 AM
I had a son and haven't been active in the hobby for well over a year. I did, however, get the itch. The mushrooms were calling me.
I decided to try a double tub for the first time.
I took two 20qt. tubs and drilled (4) 1.25" holes in each. I found some really old horse manure that had been on top of a plastic bag in my back yard for over a year. Pasteurized about a gallon's worth of it--didn't even have a thermometer, just used my finger! Too hot to keep my finger in, yet still far from boiling. Perfect.
The wbs was innoculated with an unmarked spore print. Why I didn't label it, I don't know but if i kept it around, it must have been a good one....
Anyway, i spawned two quarts to the poo...added about a quart of strait vermiculite for a thin casing (didn't need much due to the micro-climate of the double-tub)...and closed it up.
I didn't incubate the casing.
Never misted, never fanned.
Just closed it p and waited.
So here's what I got:
One flush came out to exactly three ounces dry...
Turns out the spores were a pointy capped B+ i used to grow. They have a distinctive cap and out of the strains i have, I know it was those...
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:37 AM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:41 AM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:47 AM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:50 AM
I'd be willing to spare two or three if anybody wants to trade....
Posted 18 April 2007 - 11:00 AM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 11:18 AM
Cubes are extremely forgiving. I hardly believe they can grow in the conditions they can...
Anyway, I didn't come up with this, just followed directions. But really, it doesn't get any easier than this! Besides the fact that if you put it together in a clean envirionment, contams have little chance of getting in.
That's the main reason i did it to begin with. I've tried growing a couple times in my new abode, but always got the green. Turns out there was mold growing in the crawl space under my house. I've since put down a vapour barrier (4mm polyethlene) to keep moisture down.
But with a little Oust and rubbing alcohol, I had no problems...
Oh, by the way, just make sure you use a tried and true fruiting strain.
The strains I still have around, i still have for a reason. I prefer the American strains (yeah, I'm prejudiced!) Eq, B+, SA, etc. They just fruit so much better for me than SE Asian strains...
Posted 18 April 2007 - 01:32 PM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 07:52 PM
I'm a huge huge fan of the dub tubs! Seeing your beauties makes me want to build one so bad!
Very nice shroomies!!!!!
Posted 18 April 2007 - 07:59 PM
I prefer the American strains (yeah, I'm prejudiced!) Eq, B+, SA, etc. They just fruit so much better for me than SE Asian strains...
great flush there too.
& welcome back, i remember ya.
Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:45 PM
I appreciate the nomination, although it's probably the last one I'd vote for...
Elf's got like 200 pan's in one pic. You just can't beat that...!
Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:25 PM
Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:55 AM
I picked out what I could by hand is all. The only reason the poo didn't become part of the earth is the bag under it...Gotta go get some more one of these days. I wa thinking of trying this with about 75% straw to 25% coir as substrate...
Posted 19 April 2007 - 08:23 AM
Posted 19 April 2007 - 08:51 AM
Look up straw grows on here, you'll find lots of great stuff! I do think it contams easier if you don't get it completely colonized quickly enough...
It can kick out some monsters though!
Posted 20 April 2007 - 05:47 PM
The lack of a significant casing layer hurt the most. I should have dunked.
I gave it a good misting, but with so little casing to absorb water, it could only do so much...
Some decent sized fruits, though....