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#1 Myc

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:05 AM

I have a Reishi block that is fruiting currently.
Neat how they develope their shelf-like appearance early on.
Can't wait to study these further.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:20 AM

Awesome, Myc :bow:

If you don't mind me asking, what did you use for spawn?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:29 AM

Thanks!

I started with agar transfers to grain
Rye Berries
Red winter wheat berries
WBS
Russian Olive sawdust spawn blocks

The mycelium runs fast on any grain
It slows down when you put it on woodshavings/ sawdust
And it's a pretty slow fruiter.
Spawned May 23rd.
Can't wait to watch them mature.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 03:46 AM

Nice myc! I found these in my yard aa few days ago. Growing off a dead oak base. Was thinkin bout giving cloning a shot. Hope to see your fruits mature well for you.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 11:27 AM

Sweet man!
Thanks for the pic!
This is my first time with them.
Looks like I got things down.
I understand that if FAE isn't just right,
They'll only form "antlers" rather than normal fruitbodies.
I think pic #4 demonstrates the "antlers" - where the culture is fruiting invitro at the top of the spawnbag.

From your wild pic, I can see that mine are headed in the right direction.
I really thought they might be larger than that.
We'll see what indoor greenhouse culture does for them.

Good luck cloning!
Looks like you have a good specimen there.
Should be able to easily get some sterile tissue.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:14 PM

Here is the progress thus far.
Slowly but surely.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:39 PM

Beautiful Myc !

Looks very medicinal. Are you planning on making some tea ?

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Brewing Reishi Tea


NOTE: Reishi mushrooms have a powder residue on them. This powder (the spores) is a very desirable component of the product. We do not recommend washing this powder off.

Step 1: Soak the Reishi Mushroom overnight in about 2 quarts of water. A zip-lock baggie works great. Caution: Do not use aluminum containers for soaking or boiling Reishi mushrooms.

Step 2: Remove the Reishi from the soaking liquid, cut it into several small pieces. Put the mushroom pieces in a suitable (non aluminum) container for boiling - including all of the soaking liquid and any powdery residue. This liquid is loaded with nutritional properties. A stainless steel or glass pot works well.
At a low temperature, gently boil the mushroom pieces (including all soaking liquid) 2 or more hours (after soaking overnight). Note: If you do not soak overnight, the wood-like mushroom pieces will require boiling at least 4 to 6 hours. Use a lid to minimize steam evaporation. A little more water can be added if too much evaporates during the boiling process. At least a quart (or more) of dark "tea" will be made at the end of the boiling process.

Step 3: Let the tea cool - leaving the mushroom pieces in the liquid. This tea is consumed in very small quantities - 1 or 2 ounces in the morning- again, 1 or 2 ounces in the evening. Always use caution to check for any possible allergy reaction to mushrooms. Use at your own risk. Try a teaspoon full (one time only) the first day. Then begin a larger sip the following morning and another at night - building up to the normal amount of 1-2 ounces, two times, daily. Recommended daily amounts for an adult is 1.5 to 9 grams per day. After consuming tea from 1 large Reishi (one batch) over 5 days or so, give it a few days rest until you make another batch. Enjoy this tea as you feel necessary - small amounts over time.

The taste is bitter. The more bitter, the more potent the tea. Try a pot of tea from just 1 Reishi. In about a week, notice how you feel. It works!

To minimize the bitter taste, mix with grape juice, honey or any Vitamin C drink you like. Vitamin C will help your system more quickly absorb the tea's medicinal components.

Store the Reishi tea (with mushroom pieces still in the liquid) in the refrigerator until consumed.

Good Health to you!


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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:10 PM

sweet!

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 10:21 PM

Nice Myc! I've just started a reishi grow. With the fruiting part of the grow, do you cut holes in the side of the bags where you want the fruits to form?

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:02 AM

do you cut holes in the side of the bags where you want the fruits to form?


Yes
Every place you see a fruit
I cut a little X into the plastic bag

Had another experiment where I removed the bag entirely
Bad idea
Note to self - leave the bag on in the future

I'll be making some fine herbal tea soon!

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 10:18 AM

Hiya!

Exactly how DO you feel after weeks of this tea?
i know its medicinal but what things are noticed,
like any energy or better focus?
Or is it just for antibody strenghts...

Got these growing NOW in numbers threw out my yard!
ANy help is cool....thanks.

Oh' ill get pics!

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:29 AM

Make sure and allow some to sporulate
But harvest and dry those puppies!!
As for medicinal benefits......
I'm awaiting personal testing before I comment

But logic tells me that several thousand Asians
Over the past couple of thousand years
Might just be on to something??

If it didn't work
Would they continue to use it?

Lucky you
Having them in your area!

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 02:17 PM

Nice work, Myc!

Be sure to share some more pics when the colors start really showing. I find Reishi to be spectacularly beautiful.

I love 'em as a tonic/supplement. I take some just about every morning on the advice of an herbalist I worked with in San Francisco quite a few years back. Fantastic for the immune system and sense of well being.

Personally, I strongly suspect they have some SSRI properties.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 08:28 PM

These are very heavy spore producers.
One interesting thing I read in a new book is that the underside of the cap emits the spores yet they tend to collect on the upper surface.

Either way, they're making a MESS in the greenhouse. LOL
I harvested a few for prints
Very tenaciously attached to the substrate!
This is one tough fungus.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

All those spores are you own damned fault for having such healthy bags in an obviously excellent environment! Ya treat 'em that right, they gonna wanna make babies for ya...

That is one good quality of treating them a little more poorly - the "antlers" don't spew spores like that!

Beautiful bags, man. Those things are gonna get huge!

Bravo!!!

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:28 AM

I say, i think it's time for tea, ol'e boy...:)
Nice looking brackets..

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:23 PM


Had another experiment where I removed the bag entirely
Bad idea
Note to self - leave the bag on in the future


Maybe the bag removal wasn't such a failure after all.
The block, once removed from the bag, didn't have enough humidity to fruit - or so I thought.
I attempted to rescue this block and placed it back inside a plastic bag with x's cut into it.
The bag did go on to fruit in the usual fashion but production was low.
I noticed some trichoderma forming and decided to terminate the experiment so as not to promote mold in the greenhouse.

Here's what I found.
The original block has formed a hard, tough, vinyl-like armor on the exterior.
Trichoderma was attacking what I found to be - a giant fruit body!
Rather than protruding from the block in the normal fashion (as pictured above in photos of the other block), the fruitbodies grew upon the surface of the block's armor.
Upon removal from the bag, I peeled this material off and have rehydrated the block for further fruiting efforts.
I thought this was interesting and thought I'd share.
The fungal material has some interesting patterns which I found artistically appealing. It reminds of burled wood veneer like Carpathian Elm or something similar.
Hope you enjoy!

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:27 PM

you should grab a dremel or some pokey thing to scratch some flows into it...whatever looks good--i often see faces in natures patterns

try it out youll be amazed what you find...

this remind me i gotta start carving wood

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:26 AM

Hiya!

Exactly how DO you feel after weeks of this tea?
i know its medicinal but what things are noticed,
like any energy or better focus?
Or is it just for antibody strenghts...

Got these growing NOW in numbers threw out my yard!
ANy help is cool....thanks.

Oh' ill get pics!


ya what are the medicinal effects?

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 02:25 AM

Nice looking grow Myc!

How did you get started? For example, where did you get your spores and what tek did you use?

cheers,

chill




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