I was researching on reprints of my PF TEK on the web
and I came across this at a MYCOTOPIA front page
Simple PF tek
For a complete reprint of the original PF-Tek please see this thread in our archives.
There is a big mistake by MALIKI.
It's all there as it was at my old FANATICUS.COM except that
MALIKI left of the double ended casing tek - this tek is a huge plus -
a necessity to get a really great initial fruiting. In my original COMPLETE
PF TEK I say that you don't need to wait until pinning and can just
birth the completely grown in cake and do the double ended verm
casing technique - very simple and I swear is better and safer
and far more reliable than a dunk, plus when the cake is finished
growing in, it is in very good shape with no crap with it - no waste
and no excess water dripping and seeping. The wet verm feeds the cake
water as the cake needs it.
after the first nice flush, clean the cake and redo the casing, the
cake turns bright white again (from a bluish hue - caused by drying) and
you can get a great second flush. A lot of my photos that were at my old
Fanaticus web site were photos of second flushers!
do it again and get a decent third flush
and even a fourth or fifth until the cake keels over and dies.
so here is what you need. Also, this is the correct answer for
the thread "TO BIRTH OR NOT TO BIRTH" by elixir on this forum.
The answer is to birth as soon as the cake grows in when it is in
its perfect health.
THE PF DOUBLE ENDED CAKE CASING TEK
The photo is of a second flush off of a PF classic spore race cake. This photo was at my old fanaticus.com web site in the mushroom museum. Not only that, this was the photo that local Seattle TV channel five KING showed when they did the newscast of my bust on February 18 2003.
First: In Vitro Primordiation
There are many ways to extend the life of a cake and get more shrooms. The essential pf tek is to always allow primordia to appear on the cake in vitro. But not only that, wait for more. So when you spot the first primordia, wait around 3 to 4 more days before birthing. This stimulates more of them, and then your first flush will be fat. This invitro primordiation works well with most all of the spore races (strains) available. A few of the strains don't primordiate well invitro so they need to be birthed after about a month invitro, and then given the casing treatment.
Second: THE CASING TEK
Another really good way to max fruitings, it to not wait for the invitro primordiation. As soon as the cake turns completely white, it can be birthed and then cased. Immediately after the cake is first birthed is the time for a casing. fill a jar cap with vermiculite, soak it and drain it. Place the cake on top of the wet vermiculite.
Next, pour dry vermiculite onto the top of the cake until it starts to spill off. Flaten the top of the vermiculite with your finger to about 1/8 to 1/4 nch depth. With an eye dropper or old syringe, slowly drip water onto the top dry vermiculite layer until it is soaked completley.
Spraying and maintenance
Once the top layer is totally soaked, place the cake into the terrarium and leave it alone. Follow the Terrarium tek.
CASING AND RECASING
The cake whitening phenomenon
One of the most interesting effects of this tek, is the revitalization of the cake. After the initial fruiting, if it is really fat, the cake will be a bit blued. One of the signs of old age in PF cakes is the bluing that will occur. Most likely, the cause of this overall bluing of the cake is moisture loss and thirst of the cake. When the PF double ended cake casing tek is employed, the cake will gradually turn white again. After about a week under the casing tek, the cake will be completely white again and on its way to a good second flush.
This casing tek seems to work better if you completely clean the cake after the first casing flush and recase with fresh vermiculite. After the flush occurs, the top and bottom vermiculite layers should be scraped off and replaced. A good way to do it is like peeling an apple. Hold the cake in your hand without squeezing, and with a knife, scrap the old vermiculite off the cake. Try to clean down to the surface of the cake. The scraping doesn't hurt the cake at all because these older cakes become "tougher". The mycelium tends to be "tighter" and less fluffy and the cake becomes contamination resistant. This "toughening up" and recasing of the mycelial cake is also reported in the old OSS and OERIC (McKenna brothers) mushroom cultivation book published in 1976.
After the cake is carefully cleaned (rather a painstaking procedure but not difficult), the cake is placed on a freshly soaked and drained bottom layer of vermiculite (on a plate or in a jar cap). Then, fresh dry vermiculite is poured over the top of the cake and smoothed down to a layer of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and the basic casing wetting procedure is employed. The spray bottle offers a good way to drip water onto the casing. By slowly squeezing the spray lever, the water will drip out in single drops. You can also use an eye dropper. Slowly wet the top layer. If you apply to much water and it over soaks the vermiculite, the cake can be tilted and excess water drained from the top vermiculite layer.
After every flush - reclean the cake and apply fresh vermiculite. What this does is prevent contaminants from building up. The cakes stay uncontaminated and fruitable for a good two to three months. You can get several flushes out of a properly cared for cake. This casing tek keeps the cake white and uncontaminated for its life duration.
Edited by Sidestreet, 25 January 2018 - 05:43 AM.