Interesting I like the idea of this tek, wonderfully written great pics!Seems like a lot of work, if you wanted to follow this tek you would need colonized pf jars first obviously,
so would you rather make pf jars, wait 2-4 weeks for them to colonize then follow this tek to have fully colonized grain jars in 4 days?
(total 2-4wks +4days)
or just innoculate the grain jars with LC and have them done in 2 weeks?
It takes awhile to get a good LC, too! This tek is not for all situations, and someone trying to fill a single small tub or aquarium would be better off fruiting the cakes directly.
Here's the thing: In the time it takes to colonize the BRF jar, you will likely have seen any contamination show up (thus saving you from contaminating a bunch of quarts) and vastly more mycelial mass will have grown than is possible to produce with an LC in the same amount of time. Actually, an LC can never
produce the same amount of mycelium as a BRF jar since an LC can't contain nearly as much food as a BRF jar, and BRF jars are lower maintenance as well.
If you don't want to wait around for the BRF jars to colonize, then all it takes is some basic management. Shoot the spores into the BRF a couple weeks before you need them, then shoot a few more BRF jars a few weeks later so that as soon as your first batch is finished, the next is ready to take it's place in the FC right away.
if you had some extra pf cakes laying around already ready this would be awesome but it seems the preparation and colonization of the initial cakes defeats the purpose of a 3-4day colonization.
It might take two weeks to colonize, say, a case of 12 BRF half pints using 24 cc's of spores. By day 19 or 20 (from shooting the spores) you could very well have 240 quarts of fully colonized grain ready for fruiting or expanding further to a bulk sub. As far as I know, mine is the fastest way to get ratios like 240 quarts of grain from 24 cc's of spores in under three weeks. This tek helps achieve an economy of scale, and is really too fast for home cultivators to use to it's full potential. I'd actually been working on it so I could get into growing a (small) commercial volume of edibles without the significant investment it normally requires (your backyard sheds/growrooms will be maxed out with mushrooms long before you reach the output limits of this procedure, in other words).
Im wondering if you would get larger yields by adding a milkshake pf cake to a quart of grains?
You mean the entire liquified cake to a single quart? That would be too hard to get right, since you'd have to initially make the grain extra dry to compensate and it might not cook up properly, and it certainly won't shake up well after coming out of the PC. Then, if you oversaturate the substrate with too much water from the slurry
, it will likely contaminate. In terms of inoculation rates, there's a point of diminishing returns with a procedure such as this, and finding the optimal balance is trickier than it seems, just takes some hand's-on practice.
Im not putting down your tek or anything its great, just adding my thoughts
Thoughts, questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, and criticisms are all equally appreciated; it's all about moving forward, and this is a group effort.