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#1 scoutmaster

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 04:04 AM

Starting a grow for Halloween and upcoming holiday season, so figured why not do a grow log.

started with 9 fully colonized quart jars or creeper mycelium started from multispore.

Then hydrated 2 bricks of eco-earth coco coir and dumped a 4.5 pound bag of wiggle worm, worm castings.

This was hydrated until water lightly trickled out when squeezed and loaded into turkey sized oven bags.

The substrate was split between two oven bags, placed on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at just under 200 degrees for 2.5 hours.

substrate was allowed to cool, each bag was dumped into a separate 56 quart monotub and 4.5 quart jars of spawn were placed in each.

more pics to follow....

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 04:07 AM

damnit I need to sleep, can a mod move this to photos and growlogs for me?

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:35 AM

Then hydrated 2 bricks of eco-earth coco coir and dumped a 4.5 pound bag of wiggle worm, worm castings.

This was hydrated until water lightly trickled out when squeezed and loaded into turkey sized oven bags.


hate to ask for more detail on something so simple , but since i'm about to use this very sub mixture for the first time, i can't resist. i've heard worm castings can get muddy if not hydrated properly. what do you find to be the best method of doing this when using with coir? my thought was to hydrate the coir,leave it overly wet and spread it out. then lightly sprinkle on the castings a little at a time mixing it all in as i go. thanks, i'll be keeping a good eye on this one since i'm about 2 weeks behind you in the process. best of luck :)

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:37 AM

Sounds like a plan...!
Gluk.....

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:20 AM

hate to ask for more detail on something so simple , but since i'm about to use this very sub mixture for the first time, i can't resist. i've heard worm castings can get muddy if not hydrated properly. what do you find to be the best method of doing this when using with coir? my thought was to hydrate the coir,leave it overly wet and spread it out. then lightly sprinkle on the castings a little at a time mixing it all in as i go. thanks, i'll be keeping a good eye on this one since i'm about 2 weeks behind you in the process. best of luck :)


I use this combination as well, even the same brands coir and castings as the original poster. My technique for hydration/pasteurization is to simply combine all ingredients (coir, castings, coffee, gypsum, bit of lime, veg oil) in a 5-gallon bucket. Sometimes I use two blocks of coir, sometimes one. I add exactly one gallon of water for each block of coir. Pour the water on boiling hot, then cover with aluminum foil for a few hours. Mix VERY thoroughly after it has cooled down. Moisture content comes out just right every time. My most recent spawn run colonized a batch of bulk prepared this way in less than a week.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:21 AM

i'm trick or treating at your house :amazed:
give me some treats out of the "special" candy bowl haha

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 01:26 PM

Well i didn't really bother measuring amounts of liquids, just dumped some warm water in with the bricks of coir and broke them up until no hard clumps remained, then simply dumped in the bag of worm castings on top and mixed thoroughly with my hands. I squeezed a handful at this point to see moisture levels and added more water until water trickled when I squeezed, this is just beyond field capacity to compensate for moisture loss in the oven. the large amount of coir keeps the castings from getting muddy

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:19 PM

When did you spawn? Im not sure your going to hit halloween bud??

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:57 PM

Wasn't really planning on having any fruits by Halloween, just a grow started in honor of Halloween and the upcoming holiday season. Regardless, I spawned the 20th and the myc is straight rippin!

Day 2:

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:52 PM

Mycelium puts off some heat. Ambient temp in the closet is 70 degrees while in the tub insulated with a thick blanket it is nearly 80.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 12:58 PM

fell off on the pics for a while, been pretty busy, but good news both tubs are fully colonized and pinning now. here is a pic of one tubs pins...

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 04:41 PM

:cool:


looks like a big even pinset

should be a full canopy

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 04:45 PM

:thumbup:

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:16 PM

Hell ya ... beautiful pinset :eusa_droo

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:48 PM

I am impressed with the pinset as it is a multispore grow, Hillbilly spores for the win! Getting excited to clone a big fatty off the first flush to knock up the second round of jars :)

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 04:25 PM

Creepers grow some nice mushrooms... I remember when I did a couple tubs up with creepers I had great success. That pinset looks good. Keep us updated. Lots of pics ;)

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:19 AM

^^Bump^^

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:25 PM

How do creepers compare in potency compared to other cubes? Ralphes says that it is hit and miss. is that your experience?

How was the grow compared to other strains?

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:07 AM

Sorry, sort of fell off this grow log, Just an update as I stopped taking pictures shortly after the last post. The Tubs yielded around 7-8 ounces a piece which over 4 flushes before I tossed em, which I was very pleased with. Took a clone of a nice big shroom, just waiting to get a new pressure cooker start some new jars.

Workin on some Texans in the same setup so we will see how they do. Dooby I would like to thank you, that creeper grow was my inspiration to work with the strain back when I was first cuttin' my teeth.

As far as potency goes, Creepers can knock your socks off. Never been disappointed, they will always give you what you need.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:44 PM

Great pinset.




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