PF Tek (Psilocybe Cubensis - Cambodia) kit grow from australia
Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:51 PM
I got a grow kit from a site based in the Netherlands because I was interested in growing.
I'd love to hear any suggestions because this is my first grow and don't have much experience.
So here's whats done so far:
I used 4 whiskey glasses (thick down the bottom, reason being is that I knew they had to withstand some deal of heat during sterilization) instead of jars because in Oz they don't sell the wide mouthed jars like the Ball ones found in the USA. I just used tin foil for the tops.
I mixed up the vermiculite and rice flour mixture and carefully poured into glasses, and then covered with a layer of dry vermiculite up the top.
I don't have a pressure cooker so I steamed the glasses with a normal large cooking pot for 1.5 hrs.
I let them cool overnight and the next night it was time to inoculate. I was pretty careful, buying some isopropyl alcohol to spray the area before doing so, and I also used rubber gloves and a mask to prevent bacteria.
The glasses were put in a plant mother room grow box that I've now assigned my mushroom gowing box, and the glasses were placed in a seedling humidity dome, which I haven't seen being used with mushrooms before. After around 2.5 weeks, the mycellium had fully covered the cakes. The temps were maintained at around 25-30 degrees celcius with the help of the box being pretty airtight, a fluoro bulb, and a hand towel over the top of the glasses.
It took probably another 4-5 days for some pins to appear.. and luckily for me, so far there has been no signs of contamination :D
So far, my humidity has stayed at around 90-95% without having to spray inside the humidity dome. I did have an ultrasonic humidifier that was on standby but I dont think it will be required.. The water underneath the plastic part where the cakes are sitting is enough to keep up the humidity quite well. Temperatures have been around 21-24 degrees celcius (I opened the door a bit and have the light on only 6 hrs a day compared to 24 before fruiting).
One of the cakes has not had any pins yet even though the mycellium looks very healthy.. is there anything I can do to help it grow?
I've posted a few pics up to show you of my progress :)
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:07 PM
once birthed into the fruiting chamber (seperate from the incubator in most cases),
boost to 95-100% for cakes
the higher the humidity and temps,
the more risk of contamination--you got lucky
so pre-birthing the cakes, NEVER use humidification, wait till u birth
be well, and congrats!
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:10 PM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:29 PM
a plaino cardboard box is fine my friend, no need to dome em like germinatin beans;)
the moisture content is fixed prior to cooking the jars,
the 1/4 cup of water you add to each PF Jar prior to cooking,
is sufficient reserve for running mycelium (its ideal,to be precise;)tried&true)
rh is of no issue pre-birthing the cakes,
as the substrate has been pre-moistened to field capacity
by you prior to cooking and will keep the inside of the jar plenty humid for colonization...
yer gonna make a mighty fine caser, my friend:smokin:
u seem to have a decent grasp of mushroom biology/basic principles of cultivation--yer concern for humidity while colonizing is a legitimate one,
but as i said, INSIDE the jar will always be 100%rh,
due to the water content of the recipe, and vermiculite layer holding that moisture in
keep us updated holmes
Posted 15 April 2006 - 12:31 AM
Just another question... Do most people harvest everything at once or one by one as the shrooms are ready? Reason I ask this is because some are only just coming out now and others are already pretty big.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:06 AM
Btw.. the little fluffy ball-ish things look okay, dont they? They have slightly different colour to the mycelium, I hope its just new growth or somethin and not contam.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:10 AM
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:11 AM
You can do a dunk and double end case them for another flush. :)
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:19 AM
Dunno if im gonna spore print yet, i've got lots of time to think about it anyway I guess.. I'll definetally try out the double end casing flush after this one :D
Posted 15 April 2006 - 11:10 AM
ingenious & resourceful adaptations
good example for our other euro friends.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 10:02 PM
Btw, i'm from Australia, not Europe :D
Anyways, just postin a couple more pics.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 07:48 PM
Just took an update pic.. as u can see the two cakes on the right are very slow... the top right one has no pins at all, so a bit dissapointing.
As for the ones that are growing, didn't realise they'd grow so fat, I was thinking they'd be a little bit thinner.. lol
Does anyone know the potency of the Cambodian psilos? I'm most likely drying them instead of using fresh, as obviously harvesting is going to be a little difficult since they are all at different stages. Any suggestions of amounts of dried shrooms per person? Cheers :)
Posted 17 April 2006 - 06:14 AM
Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:04 AM
even open-air is fine
long-term storage with dessicant is strongly recommended
one may even use dessicant to aid in the drying process
i'd leave the lid open a little if it were me, alas it is not the decision is up to you
very very nice for a 1st grow, you mentioned cambodian ey?
looks like they're treating u right mate, cheers
Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:18 AM
Cambodian is a variety or 'strain' of P. cubensis
Does anyone know the potency of the Cambodian psilos? I'm most likely drying them instead of using fresh, as obviously harvesting is going to be a little difficult since they are all at different stages. Any suggestions of amounts of dried shrooms per person?
all P. Cubensis dosing is the same, for the most part.
since yer dryin 'em,
here's some help on dosing
1-2 grams = a beginner's dose
3.5 grams is an 'average' strong trip
5 grams will have you wayyyyy in the cosmos
7 grams or more is considered a 'heroic' dose, by most
...dont panic if you realize you've eaten a quarter ounce by the end of the nite
slowly munch throughout the nite to achieved desired effect
here is the 'Dosing' section of the 'Vaults' - http://mycotopia.net...isplay.php?f=60
Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:20 AM
Only reaosn i was putting lid on is because I didnt want any contam hanging around the shrooms.
So is it okay to leave it off?
Yup its cambodian.. I'm hoping to get a better fruit next flush..
Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:29 AM
So is it okay to leave it off?
just get a fan blowing directly on them
i use paper plates or bags and just spread em out not touching eachother
on a shelf with a fan blowing on it