Dunking cakes in a bucket (pictures)
Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:46 PM
Clean off any excess verm. Either from the birthed cakes as shown here, or off the cakes from your terrarium, and toss the cakes into the bucket. Check them for contams, and if they look like they may have some, so not dunk with the good cakes as it will spread.
Fill the bucket with tap water (I have "city" water, not a well), and put something on top to keep them submerged. In this case I used an old tupperware thing and a partially filled gallon of water. :) Screens, or whatever you may have, will work also.
After the dunk time is over, take off that weight thing, take out the cakes, and pat dry with paper towels, and put back into your terrariums recasing with verm. The water might be a little nasty lookin, no big deal. Try to dump this water and excess verm outside if possible. Verm will not rot if flushed down the drain, it's not organic, so we don't want to clog up the pipes. :)
... Then wait for the fruits...
Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:14 PM
Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:44 PM
No bleach, peroxide or anything ddd?
no, nothing cept water from the faucet :)
Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:55 PM
For someone a little Greener, like myself, would dunking them all together be a horrible contam risk, or should i take the extra effort and dunk them all seperate?
Well, as I said, inspect them as you clean them, if you think it's got contams, don't dunk with the rest otherwise it's sure to spread and be bad. You'd probably want to dunk them each in their own containers or bags from what you are saying.
After dunking something you think may have contams, or a cake you may have say, cut in half a tossed the bad part, you can do a short bleach DIP. NOT A DUNK, but a dip. Very short time, only 10min max. Use a solution of 1 part bleach to 200 parts water. 1:200. This will kill anything bad on the outsides of the cake, and sorta makes the cakes look like hell, but they grow back just fine. It kills all molds, including the outer parts of the cake slightly, but it does recover. I can't suggest dunking contamed cakes though, just not a good idea at all. It is possible though to clean them a bit and remove bad parts (sometimes...), and in case of danger, to help, the dip can be of great assistance. Bleach Dip Info From Topia's Archive
Here's some dunking info from the archives as well: Dunking Info From Topia's Archives
Posted 13 February 2006 - 05:11 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:33 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:56 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:11 AM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 01:59 PM
Great write up and pictorial Dooby!!!!!
Thank you. :)
do you re-use that verm???
Nope, toss it out. I could probably oven sterilize it, but I don't bother. Some of it goes into the veggie garden and tilled under, sometimes, but not always.
Any Refridgeration? And how many hours of a dunk?
I dunno, don't really want to put a definate time stamp on the dunk. The dunk time varies depending on how the cakes feel and the strain. Sometimes the cakes feel more moist then others just by weight, other times they feel very light and dry and airy. Those get longer dunks in most cases.
The strain makes a difference too from what I have seen. Some love dunking, some only like short dunks. Tex I dunk the longest of anything I've worked with so far. Very rare that I'll have a cake collapse from too long of a dunk. Other strains, can't think off which off the top of my head, I would not dare do as long a dunk cuz I've had the cakes crumble apart after and be all soft and basically, just crap out and die.
As a rule, I'd work with a short 8 hr dunk at first, see how the cakes are and if they still feel solid and/or dryish, they could take a longer dunk next time. I wouldn't do some more than 18hrs. Tex, I've dunked some of them as long as 26hrs and they were solid still and fruited awesome. :) so..... Others I've done 12 hr dunks, dunk in the am, take em out and back into chambers at night. Kinda gotta see what works in your situation. 8-18hrs is a good range unless they are really really dry or a hardy ass myc strain I'd summerize.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:18 PM
Posted 18 February 2006 - 11:11 AM
ziplock baggies make handy dunk containers too
and i do prefer to refrigerate if the dunk time > a couple hours.