Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:58 PM
Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:57 PM
IF the little lady has a problem with it tell her that she will not smell a thing and the kitchen will be tidier than it was before you began. I clean the hell out of the kitchen before and after my pasteurizing excursions. Now she loves it when I say I am going to cook some h-poo.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:53 AM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 10:56 AM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:17 PM
Mycotopia Web Archive: Pastuerization: hot water baths and Steamers
No need for a PC to pasteurize. Watch the temperatures. Very important. Temps. should stay as close to 160*F as possible.
The wife won't be bummed as long as you clean up. The smell is very mild and is easily dissipated by opening a window or door when you're done.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:08 PM
Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:50 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 09:51 PM
Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:55 PM
I usually case mine at this point.
Fahtster has a late casing experiment you might check out since you already have pins.
Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:00 PM
You could also cover the bowl with saran wrap air it out 2 times a day and wait for pins. You don't need to case. IMO, projects that are not clones or isolates in a proper enviorment, need a casing to help the baby shrooms, primordia grow.
gluck youll be trippin balls in no time:headbang:
Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:37 PM
Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:21 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 10:59 AM
my WBS is colonized,is it ok to let it set for a few days before i use it?
My approach might be a bit obsessive-compulsive, but it works great for me. I believe it's best to use the grain to spawn a bulk sub the moment it is fully colonized. I notice a huge difference in terms of the difficulty of breaking up the grains if I wait as few as 8 hours after it's fully colonized, but that's partly due to the mycelial momentum of achieving full colonization of quart jars in 3 days.
Holding on to it for awhile will still work ok, but the longer you wait, the more two things happen: 1) The WBS clumps get harder and harder to break up, though some people use sterile spoons to get them out if that happens and 2) The mycelium switches gears (so to speak) when it can't find any new food to colonize, so it slows down and begins to turn the substrate into CO2, metabolic wastes, and heat until it's used as spawn or fruiting is initiated. The longer you wait, the less energy it will have available for whatever the next step is.
As for me, I don't stick a spoon or anything into the jars to break up grain clumps, so I really want to avoid #1 above. Some people use a spoon like that all the time, with great results, but I've encouraged more contamination than I can tolerate by doing that, so I don't.
One last tip I'd recommend is shaking up the spawn (whether in quarts or bags) the night before spawning to bulk. That way, you have 12 hours or so of mycelial recovery, and any jars on the brink of contamination will likely become obvious (they will stink and/or not recover at all). That will save you from subsequently contaminating a tub or two of poo. Also, sometimes it takes a long time to break up solid grain clumps, so doing all that work the night before helps make things easier, and by morning the grain hasn't recovered enough to be a solid chunk again.