Posted 09 November 2005 - 12:21 PM
I do not believe in beneficial bacteria in relation to cubensis or Pan Cyans. I have no proof of that personally, and as the trays I've done are denser than any other's I have seen, I don't feel like anyone else has some information that I don't.
I did not mean to leave the impression that my Goliath trays weren't going to be fine. I suspect the flushes will be as good if not better than any seen here on mycotopia for Goliath because I am very experienced in growing, and that's the way it usually turns out. It's just that the mycelium is different than Ausi was for me personally. It seems to follow different rules.
In liquid culture, for example, the Goliath is actually faster than Ausi. That could have been the simple fact that I inoculated with starter liquid culture than a very small number of spores. No matter what the exact reason, though, the Goliath liquid culture took, on two occasions, no more than 48 hours to develop to a very dense culture! That makes it the fastest liquid culture I have seen of any mushroom, edible or otherwise. The Ausi liquid culture was, in comparison, slower to develop and weaker. It never became as thick before it formed strange gelatinous aggregates before I used it--such aggregates signal in other species that the liquid culture is done and won't get any thicker.
On compost and manure (I am concurrently trying both) supplemented with grains, the mycelia also were different. Goliath actually covered the grain faster than Ausi, but the Goliath initial mycelium coverage is hard to see and not white at all. The Ausi initial mycelium, in contrast, was very white (although still weaker looking than cubensis). Goliath seems to take about five to seven days to really flush out to where it looks reasonably white. Maybe that much time isn't needed, but I didn't want to chance it. The Ausi mycelium, on the other hand, flushed out white and was done within 24 hours of covering the substrate just like cubensis.
I am now at the casing. Since Goliaths have been so full of surprises, I am not sure what will happen! My hunch is that it'll form cottony overlay without any consequence like Waylitjim showed. The Ausi mycelium formed, in some places on my trays, more or less destructive overlay like cubensis. I'll report what I find out in a grow log.