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#1 hyphaenation

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 06:00 PM

Is it beneficial to soak straw in poo water before pasturizing it? The straw I have has lots of poo in it already , but I was wondering if the straw would soak up the poo juice for later consumption by the cubies during the soak ???

Also would you add bleach to the poo water / straw soak bucket ???

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 08:25 PM

yes and yes
but not too much bleach,
it'll actually bleach out the straw, turning it whitish and making it quite fragile.
i assume many nutes may be lost/destroyed as well
so stick to the pasteurization formula.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 09:00 PM

I agree with Hip, go light on the bleach, or no bleach at all if you're going to heat pasteurize the straw.

Soaking in the poo juice should help it, as it hydrates it with the nutes.

I myself wonder what pasteurizing with a light poo water would accomplish???? But, don't experiment because I wonder lol.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:44 PM

From time to time I run out of poo , but have lots of poo water stored. I look forward to seeing how the poo'd straw does alone without poo in the pillowcase when growing cubies. I have lots of ideas for sources of straw from right in the yard.

Thanks for the word about the bleach.

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 09:54 AM

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I myself wonder what pasteurizing with a light poo water would accomplish???? But, don't experiment because I wonder lol. __________________


That plus a pre-soak in pooped water might just get the the straw hydrated with poop nutes like you said. Is there any noticalble difference in yields with say poop soaked straw and 50 / 50 poo - straw mixed?

Also how much do you have to compact the pasturized straw in its vessel. Must be light and airy, heh!?

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 10:06 AM

i doubt the nutes added by a poo-water soak are significant in terms of yield,
but dung-loving species like the 'taste'
and i'd expect faster, more aggressive growth
to be the primary effect.

getting straw packed to the right density is a bit tricky,
you do want some air inside but the blades of straw must touch for the mycelia to cross over , a gap can stop a thread of mycelia cold. that's why we chop it into short sections so it'll pack in closely.

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 10:15 AM

Interesting Hip

I want to try some bags of straight pasturized straw. The incense bag logs have quite a bit of poo in them. The latest ones (especially the fat ones) that have sheep doo are very "mushed" inside , almost a slurry. They seem to be colonizing nicely though. I think the verm helps with micro air pockets.

http://mycotopia.net...44&d=1178000382
left pic is after 4 days, right is 48 hours after innoc

Thanks A Bunch

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