someone brought up a good point.
I noticed in the compressed/loose bin thread that your tubs look wet on the sub...
The reason i say anything is because i recently started doin tubs with poo and such. but i thought it wasnt good to have pooling water on the sub....
SO the other day i took a paper towel and dapped the water up...it looked like yours, w/o as many pins. Anyways, i am curious, was this unneccasary on my part, the shrooms really didnt seem to mind....i just thought id heard water on the sub was a no go...
I dunno your help would be sweet...thanks man.:headbang:
its droplets of water. what you see is ok. but any denser than that and i tilt the bin to allow the moisture to roll off. also strain dependent. the tas is real tolerant of it. other strains may not be. so i might tilt those more. or wipe the lids more.
i used to do that with the paper towel. and still do depending on how much moisture you see. let it play it out. do one tub where you don't dab it with a paper towel. do another tub where you do.
i think small amounts of water are fine from experience. but this is substrate surface not casings. i might agree that a casing shouldn't have pooling water on it. and that its more sensitive to getting contams from it. but substrates are a bit tougher imho.
but once it gets to the fruiting stage. make sure to drop the rh about 10 percent by opening holes or whatever means you can. bc the water on the surface plus the fruting will create more moisture and water. and it may cause problems. thats usually where i see problems. right at the 2nd day of fruiting without dropping the rh.
a good indicator of this happening with mioisture buildup on the substrate is when you see your lid start to form water droplets on it. then its time to tilt or wipe that lid.
i do preventative things usually to combat pooling water if i see it forming.
1) sometimes there is so much moisture in a bin. you can actually see the water pooling underneath the black plastic. if your biin is completely colonized, you may dump this water out around the time pins start forming. this will help out quite a bit.
2) tilt the bin at an angle so the water runs off the substrate surface to the bottom of the tub. you can do this overnight or for several hours until you can visibly see that the water is gone. also tilting the bin you do not have to open the chamber at all. lessens your exposure to contamination as well. thats why preventative is the best imho.
3) open polyfil holes for a few hours. not too long so you don't dry out your tub. i find that 4 hours is my max before i start seeing the tub dry out.
4) you can wipe condensation on the sides and top of your bin with a clean paper towel. just make sure you do this in a clean area. and be clean.