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#1 OZZZ

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:09 AM

So this is my very first edible attempt ever (other then the failed reishi monotub). I thought this block was doomed because its been sitting forever not doing a damn thing. I let it get a little dry when I was tweaking my greenhouse in. I just rigged it up to an ultrasonic running 15 minutes every hour piped in from outside and its working great.

So I was re-arranging the blocks and fiddling around and I find this! Damn things have a mind of their own I swear, not sure why they didnt fruit from the top of the block ... maybe because it got dry early on as I was getting it dialed in. Not to sure ...

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So I had to cut them out .... if I get conks the first time out Im gonna be pumped ... lol



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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

Eww, I can't imagine finding a mass like that and calling it "edible"

Big Block bro, congrats on the success!

Although it looks disgusting, I'm sure they will taste incredible.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:40 PM

lol .... acually no, they will taste like shit - but thanks for the compliment! haha

Reishi do not taste good, however, they are incredibly good for you. Borderline magical .... feel free to google it. Reishi has been known for its anticancer, cleansing, immune system boosting, and many other properties.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:42 PM

Well...that makes sense, considering the way it looks :lol:

What is that block made of?

#5 OZZZ

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:24 PM

Pasturized aspen bedding and sawdust ...... and those are just pins Reishi can get big and are very alien looking. Check some pics out if you have time their pretty neat.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:23 PM

I love the taste of Reishi if it is dried properly and they look pretty good to me
I find them in the wild very often and grind them with my morning coffee

If i could only find Antler Reishi it would make me a happy man

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:41 PM

I find them in the wild very often and grind them with my morning coffee


Do you just add the powder to your joe? if so how much? I was under the impression hat the flavor wasn't great. Glad to hear otherwise.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:05 PM

Do you just add the powder to your joe? if so how much? I was under the impression hat the flavor wasn't great. Glad to hear otherwise.



Ditto that ....... I always heard they were nasty. Good to hear!

How much ground powder do you add to a cup?

#9 OZZZ

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 02:07 PM

Man these things grow fast. They are cool as hell too.


This is the first block thats the furthest along. I have three blocks total right now in the greenhouse. Its about a month older than the other two though.


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Heres block #2 just starting to "pin" if you can call it that. Its more like blobs just appear and start to segment slowly increasing the lenght. WEIRD ... very alien like.



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Posted 15 April 2009 - 03:43 PM

:cool:
Those are fun to grow - very rugged fungus...

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 03:47 PM

i never seen a log like this , thnx :eusa_clap

#12 OZZZ

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:10 PM

Thanks guys ... its not really a log, just a gallon ziplock baggy with pasturized aspen bedding, home depot sawdust and one quart of millet spawn on the first block.

The second block thats just starting to pin and the third block that hasnt pinned yet are made of pure paper products (used paper towls, shredded office paper, and shredded cardboard from a cereal box and a pizza hut box, crusty cheese and all).

I just boiled a pot of water on the stove, added a used coffee filter with some spent coffee grounds to it, then slowly added the trash .... used paper towls, tore up pizza box/cardboard, and shredded office paper until all the water was absorbed. Then I put the lid on the pot and let it set there until cool. Then I took a couple gallon zip lock baggies and dumped some grain spawn in the bottom, then layered in the pasturized paper stuffs alternating with a layer of grain spawn. Then I took a knife and poked various holes in the bag here and there .. then off to incubate.

Very tenacious mycelium I can tell you that. The shit will eat through anything!

Also, oddly enough, that second block that is pictured that just started pinning .... seems like its going to do better then the wood block.. it has more pins anyway.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:59 PM

Man, these things are so freaky to me I swear - like aliens reaching out to incarcerate the world


...... or something


lol

This is the block made from wood based substrate thats fruiting first:



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Oddly enough the two blocks made out of trash (paper products, cardboard, etc, etc) are doing way better. This one has the blobs I pictured earlier, but theres a TON of pins developing on the top and sides ... probably 10 or so in total on each block

Heres the main blob


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..... and then a few others coming out from beneath a piece of colonized cardboard. Coooooll


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#14 OZZZ

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:22 AM

Lucky you!!!
Looks like you're producing conks.
They grow when the Reishi is kept in a high CO2 environment - like enclosed in a bag.

I cut x's in my bags before I saw the formation of pins. Traditional fruitbodies emerged only from where I cut x's. Conk formation occurred in the top of the bag where there was little FAE.

Great job and keep us posted. I grind them and cap-'em for a daily dose.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:56 PM

Antlers for sure ....


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......... and the paper product blocks ....



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This one looks like it wants to conk out .....


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...... and a few of these Im not sure what the hell they are doing. They have little pimple looking things starting ... lol



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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:13 AM

I ordered some Reishi dowels from Stamets-- do you think they would grow well on 100% coffee grounds? I have garden gypsum and dolomite lime to buffer, but unsure of ratios to use.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:20 AM

Great work OZZZ:eusa_clap
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#19 OZZZ

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:45 AM

Thanks guys! They are rockin Ill get new pics here in the next few days. Also my oysters are bustin out too so Ill update that thread as well.

I wouldnt use pure coffee grounds bud. I know you cant be short on paper though. Hell just take old notebook paper, your bill statements, envelopes, tear up an old pizza hut box for cardboard and other paper products. Then mix in SOME coffee grounds into the mix.

I found that used paper towels work great as well.


Just bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove, add your coffee grounds to the boiling water (which will basically make a weak coffee solutions) then slowly add in your tore up notebook paper, paper towels (I use the cardboard rolls and all), cardboard and other paper products until its all soaked up. Then just put the lid on the pot and let it set until its cool.

Once cool, wring out the paper by hand to get out excess moisture, layer in a walmart bag or any other bag and sprinkle your spawn over it, alternating layers until the bag is full.

My oysters and king oysters are LOVING paper products.

I got this per lazlo's paper bag tek.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:55 PM

Very nice work ozz. The tek you use sounds easy enough for anybody to use. I'm going to try these very soon. Btw those are some ugly fruits.




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