Shiitakes from wooden dowels
Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:58 PM
I tried to take some pics, but my camera would only focus on the condensation on the inside of the bag and they didn't come out.
Posted 13 December 2008 - 01:18 PM
This morning the mycelium looks twice as big as yesterday! But i'm too lazy to take pics, lol.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:25 PM
Looks like you're out of the woods now.
Once Shiitake gets that well established it can pretty much fight off any kind of infection - mold or bacterial.
Can't wait to see the results.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:35 PM
Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:01 PM
They colonize best in an un-used closet between 75*F and 78*F
I wait 'til they form visible pins
Place them in the 'fridge for at least a week
Submerge them in ice water for 72 hrs
Place in the greenhouse @ room temp. - introduce regular FAE - maintain rh @ 95-99%
Fruiting usually begins within 72 hrs
First harvest in about 5 days
You'll be eating your own Shiitake before you know it!!
All photos were taken today for reference purposes.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:20 PM
After the substrate fully colonizes, about how long do you usually wait for the 'crusting over' to happen? I've read that pinning doesn't usually occur in shiitakes until the sub block gets that crust, but yours only look a little bit crusted over?
Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:30 PM
The first flush turns out with some irregular fruits but they appear consistently "normal" from the second flush on as the browning slowly sets in.
I allow the blocks to dry slightly in the greenhouse and then dunk 'em again for 72 hrs. The time-table is consistent:
72 hr. dunk - 72 hrs to fruit - 5 days to harvest
I'm experimenting with a "chunkier" substrate - no sawdust - just wood chunks. I'm interested to see if a more stable food supply effects number of flushes and yeild.
Will be watching this project with great interest. Plz keep us posted.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:37 PM
My substrate has no sawdust in it as i was not able to find hardwood sawdust anywhere. I just used aspen shavings from the pet store and a couple of handfuls of apple wood chips i had leftover from BBQ'ing this summer. The aspen shavings are pretty small, so the mix is light and fluffy and the mycelium is moving through it very quickly.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 03:18 PM
That's where i got the idea to try the the SF seeds, actually. One of the PDFs in that outline talks about using the seed hulls. :thumbup:
Glad to see ya around again, Hyph! You're missed.
Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:28 PM
Took these pics on Sunday, 12-14.
These are from this morning.
I noc'd up 4 more jars of popcorn with wooden dowels on Saturday, they are in the incubator now.
I envision my home completely covered with bags of growing mushrooms. :)