Straw and Manure Bulk Monotub Growlog
Posted 28 June 2007 - 11:50 AM
2 pints were nocked up with tex multispores about 2 weeks ago.
straw from a plain old bale is cut up into about inch long pieces. and loaded into pillow case. boiling water is used to fill up a plastic cooler, bag of straw and bag of composted cow manure put into steaming cooler at 160 degrees. topped off with more hot water from the stove as needed to keep temp up for one hour.
bags hung up to dry for 24 hours.
opaque sterilite storage tub used for chamber. a thin layer of straw spread out along bottom, then manure crumbled over this, then a sprinkling of the WBS spawn. dry vermiculite is lightly sprinkled throughout to take care of any extra water. thin layers repeated untill everythings used up. made sure to have a layer of straw on top with no spawn exposed to help with contamns. ended up wit about 10 inches deep, then compressed down to about 4 inches. you want to pack it together to get the airspaces out, this way the mycelium can spread through it quicker.
polyfill vents were cut a inch or so above substrate level
Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:00 PM
Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:27 PM
the cooler pasteurization is the way to go :D
straw seems to like allot of fresh air
are the poly-fil holes your only air exchange for fruiting?
sounds like you might get some big ones with those ingredients:thumbup:
best of luck
Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:30 PM
aim for the cool side, temperature wise
this is a first try with straw so well see how it goes
straw is quick to turn green in the heat...
Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:42 PM
You might want to darken the sides of the tub if its opaque. They'll still find a way to do some side pinning/fruiting.
Posted 01 July 2007 - 08:00 PM
good luck mi amigo. heed the above warnings for sure. summertime
brings lots of bugs too and bugs love straw along with the green mean.
I used about a 1:3 ratio of straw to Hpoo so there isn't as much straw
in my tub (more for texture and water retention), but mycelium loves
straw as well. I've packed many ziplocks with just straw and spawn
and had great success (I know you used cow poo too but from the looks
of it, more straw than poo). As long as you keep those temps down
and give FAE fairly often (at least once a day I would say) then you'll
probably be golden. Good luck!
Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:24 AM
well its around day 4 after spawning and there are a few spots of white starting to pop up through to the top :)
been just popping the lid off to check them once a day and for fae.
some light condensation on the side of the tub so it looks like humidity is doing ok, this is by far the largest tub he has ever tried and was anticipating some humidity problems.
no smells or discoloration so he his happy and apparently the mycelium is too!
Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:45 AM
last night. is that bagged manure or field manure? glad to hear that
they look/smell good.
Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:07 AM
some more pics should be coming soon
Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:23 PM
would you guys suggest casing this when its colonized?
EDIT: well it looks like the pics are not wanting to upload ATM :(