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#1 CALICAAA

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 07:21 PM

My first flush on a BRF cake is turning brownish/yellowish on the surface. Is it because i have it sitting in front of the fan? is the fan drying it out? Are those signs a sign that it is thirsty?

And why are my fruits so small this time around?
hm........lolz.

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 07:32 PM

I think they usually turn bluish when they are thirsty. The last time I had any turn brown/yellow it was b/c there was water sitting on them.


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Posted 18 February 2005 - 09:19 PM

a cake should be in a humid chamber with no steady fan.
describe your set-up ?

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 09:20 PM

Even better if ya got a pic that would help greatly.

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 09:27 PM

maybe a contam? that could be a possible reason for the stunted growth also.
lets hope thats not the reason though. a picture would be the best bet for any of us to help identify whats going on.

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 11:33 PM

well........I'm using perlite in a rubbermaid tub, with a computer fan that goes off every 2 hours for 30 mins. Since I have perlite, that should be sufficient for humidity, BUT it isn't.....water doesn't bead off the sides of the tub.....it's not really humid. So i bought a Vicks Humidifyer and i leave that on for like 10 mins..........but no matter how long i leave it on.......5 mins. to 15 mins.........it tends to leave water ON TOP of the cakes........so should i chuck the humidifyer and trust the perlite? Is that why my cake is yellowish in color?
So blue means thirsty?

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 11:39 PM

It sounds like the lid of you terrerium is leaking water droplets on your cake.My solution to this is I put a layer of vaseline on the lid for my terrerium,that usually stops the water from forming on the lid.

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 01:36 AM

often times cakes tuyrn yellowish when the lose their nutrients..........

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 05:45 AM

Cutty: vaseline? Does anyone else do that? Sounds weird and messy

Wouldn't water still bead and run off of the vaseline? DOES IT HAVE TO BE A THICK LAYER? OR just a thin layer?

sounds weird, :P

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 08:26 AM

Cutty: vaseline? Does anyone else do that? Sounds weird and messy

Wouldn't water still bead and run off of the vaseline? DOES IT HAVE TO BE A THICK LAYER? OR just a thin layer?

sounds weird, :P

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I put a 1/8 inch layer of vaseline on the lid, and yes the water still beads up a lil but none will drop onto your cakes, if you put enough vaseline on. I use a pair of medical/rubber gloves to apply it,or you can use a bunch of napkins/kleenex and rub it on the lid. That will help you to make it a clean job.

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 11:28 AM

chuck the fan & the humidifier,
perlite's all you need for rubbermaids & cakes.
a nice deep 3 inch layer of damp perlite
no standing water
and a lid that seals good
then just open to vent once a day

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 06:57 PM

http://i2.photobucke...11/IM000231.jpg
these are the third flush of mexicans from the same batch but the one on the right is really soft and squishy, maybe i didn't mix up the ingredients equally?
has anyone else had a cake go soft like this? it still smells like a fresh mushroom, and flushed better than any cake i've grown. maybe it got waterlogged from the dunk, but it feels weird.
anyone else have this happen?

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:01 PM

wow
thats a nice flush
beautiful zoomers

maybe the cake on the right has the correct moisture content, but the one on the left is too dry. making it seem like the one on the right is "soggy"

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:24 PM

wow
thats a nice flush
beautiful zoomers

maybe the cake on the right has the correct moisture content, but the one on the left is too dry. making it seem like the one on the right is "soggy"


hmm, whenever i've dunked i have noticed that some are taking in more water than others but this is the first one that has felt like this, i've just been dunking each cake for 24 hours.
i guess i should feel them after 24 hours and if they aren't squishy i should give them another 12? or so?
i think i've read that 48 is too long.
thanks again!

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:25 PM

My last set of cakes were being dunked to be placed for third flush. When they came out and I was rinsing them, they almost fell apart. Its like they werent strong and tight anymore.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:37 PM

My last set of cakes were being dunked to be placed for third flush. When they came out and I was rinsing them, they almost fell apart. Its like they werent strong and tight anymore.



ya, this one felt like with like it could come apart too.
did you get your best flush off of those cakes?

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:48 PM

I cant say the best, but def better than normal

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 07:55 PM

hmm, whenever i've dunked i have noticed that some are taking in more water than others but this is the first one that has felt like this, i've just been dunking each cake for 24 hours.
i guess i should feel them after 24 hours and if they aren't squishy i should give them another 12? or so?
i think i've read that 48 is too long.
thanks again!


my friend thinks that 24 hours is plenty
its just a small cake
and although shes heard of 40 hour dunks, she thinks its probably OPTIMAL to shoot for a 12-24 hour dunk

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 08:07 PM

Sounds like the same thing I recently had happen to me with the soggy and very heavy feeling cake.I just crumbled the cake and cased it 4 days ago...Maybe an option for you.

Nice flush off that small cake man.

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 08:15 PM

Sounds like the same thing I recently had happen to me with the soggy and very heavy feeling cake.I just crumbled the cake and cased it 4 days ago...Maybe an option for you.

Nice flush off that small cake man.


that is a good idea, and i've seen pics of some of your casings and would like to try it.
is it 50/50 peat/verm?
i've read that you have to add lime to it too, but i'm not sure about how much.

cheers!




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