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#1 mockeylock



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Posted 22 January 2006 - 04:14 PM

I wanted to familiarize those of you who don't know about or have never tried rez-effect style growing.
It's a very simple way to get near-bulk results without using dung, straw, or compost. Nor does it require pasteurization.
Basically, rez effect is adding moistened vermiculite to your grain prior to casing it. This grow is going to be 3 qts. of Ecuador on WBS, with about an equal amount of moistened vermiculite per container.
Water is so key to getting large flushes! There's so much nutrients in grain, you get flushes until you either run out of water or you get contamination. You'd be hard pressed to grow off of grain until it was "spent". At least that's my opinion.
So until i can figure out how to put pics right in the text, here's pics of the colonized jars, the vermiculite, the two mixed in a 20 qt. tub, and then covered with foil to be incubated @80dF.
More to come! Hope you enjoy...

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#2 blackout



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Posted 23 January 2006 - 06:02 AM

Good luck. I would love to see a side by side comparison grow. Same isolate same chamber, same grain etc etc. Only difference being the rez

#3 Dogfield



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Posted 23 January 2006 - 07:19 AM

Sounds good, a couple of questions.
1) How do you moisten the verm? Soak it and drain, or add a measured volume of water?
2)Do you PC the verm after soaking?
3) Do you mix verm and colonised WBS in a glove box, or just in the open air?

#4 synth



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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:54 AM

check the rez-effect tek in the archives.

but you can just have your verm in a tupperware and add water bit by bit, stirring, until its at field capacity [pick a small handful up and judge].

no, no need to PC the verm afterwards, just use clean [preferably distilled] water, [but if youre paranoid you can cook the verm in an oven first, or you could pc it i guess]

mixing can be done in open air, but try to keep it clean. all of the usual clean procedures [wiping containers, surfaces, hands and tools with rubbing alc first, shower that day heh, choose a relatively 'clean' room without a mangy carpet, etc]

#5 mockeylock



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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:19 AM

Synth's got it.

Vermiculite was moistened just eyeing it up, then microwaved. Nuked it in a bowl and covered until cool, then mixed with the grain in open air.
Basically everything(container, lid, mixing spoon) gets an alcohol wipe-down a couple minutes before it's used.

Two of these tubs were put together yesterday, I expect them both to be solid blocks of mycelium by tomorrow.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:04 PM

Like Synth said. I add water to verm to slightly more than field capacity then microwave on high for six minutes. When the timer rings i cover the verm and let it cool. You should be able to come up with a method that works for you (it's not rocket science baby). Best wishes!:D

#7 marvinm92


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Posted 24 January 2006 - 12:24 AM

Cool... :)

#8 bluehelix



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Posted 24 January 2006 - 01:28 AM

This effect is real. I add vermiculite to all my grain and even to my manure. I believe vermiculite gives grain the ability to hold enough water. It loosens all substrates as well. It also gives up moisture when it's needed by the mycelium and prevents it from pooling when there is a little extra, like a water buffer of sorts. When you inject lots of liquid culture into grain without vermiculite, it will run to the bottom and pool, ruining the spawn bag. With vermiculite, it absorbs in the substrate and does what it's supposed to do, innoculate the bulk.

#9 agentstone



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Posted 24 January 2006 - 02:25 AM

I wonder if adding a little bit of lime or something to the verm before mixing it with your spawn would help at all for those who have limited access to fairly steril enviroment. The thing im thinking about is maybe it could give your tray some extra resistance to contams so you would have the time to reach that 4th and even 5th flush and not have to worry TOO much about contams as you rehydrate in between.

Just a thought.

Any other ideas about giving a tray stronger defense for the long run?


#10 synth



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Posted 24 January 2006 - 06:05 AM

sure, you can add some lime, but not too much. it's not like grains and verm will give you a ridiculously acidic environment, so you don't want to add to much lime and make it real basic. [also, lime prills wouldnt be very good for this, they absorb quite slowly... a little pinch of pickling lime here and there would be acceptable though].

but you really don't need lime for something like this..

as for maximum rez-effect results, again, check the tek..

after the first flush, you should dunk the tray in bleach solution. (1:200 bleach:water). rehydrate for max yield, bleach to prevent contam.

again, just basic stuff, nothing new.... read the tek in the archives

#11 mockeylock



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Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:23 AM

I wouldn't worry much about contamination in the grain. You'll get contams on your casing layer before anything else.
Alright, so a day and a half later we've got this:
And then cased.
I wouldn't usually use vermiculite that coarse in the casing layer, but I'm saving the finer stuff for the grain so we'll just go with it. Stores should be getting vermiculite back in stock Feb. or March.
Back to incubation....

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#12 mockeylock



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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:46 PM

I just dug out an old Hawaiian print from years ago, one of my first grows....

I hope it's clean! If it is, I'll do it up like this one.

I've always considered it the prettiest cube I've grown.

#13 Hippie3



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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:49 PM

a great tek.
this is going to be good.
archive material

#14 mockeylock



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Posted 30 January 2006 - 09:51 PM

Good Hawaiian print has germinated in 7 qt jars and looks clean! It's so sweet to dig out an old print which you distinctly remember the characteristics of and which was taken when I knew very little about growing or printing...and it's perfect. very->:cool:
Actually it was one of two prints I've ever taken in a half-pint jar. I really liked being able to simply open it in a glovebox, squirt in some water, and suck it up. Definately would take up a lot of space though if you used it regularly.
So anyhoo, here's a quick update. The two tubs have been uncovered and un-incubated (never heard that word before, have you?). Mycelium's poking through evenly (for the most part, I'm not a stickler with this) after one patching. Actually it's more of a redistribution of casing rather than a patch. If there's mycelium poking up over here, then I push over some casing from over know?
Not much to look at, but hopefully in a week we'll have some action:
And just a little closer:

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#15 mockeylock



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Posted 02 February 2006 - 10:41 AM

We're coming along...mycelium is tearing up the casing, but it should be just about stopping. That's why I fruit a bit early with coir, but it still tore it up. Here's the two casings:
And here's a couple of the Hawaiian's I was talkin' about:
Probably another 4 days or so for pins...

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