Daily Tek: Tips for Newbies (Part 1) ~ COPY
Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:00 AM
You can also incorporate's Eatyu's flatcake tek into this method. He actually shows us that towards the end of the thread. And the original tek is part of this thread.
The Tek: http://mycotopia.net...fo-bag-tek.html
Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:19 AM
For a noob grower I think this is by far the best way to start out. From here you can clone take prints experiment .... Thanx Hip I wish I would have been more active on this forum instead of lurking the whole time.
Invitro is the shiz!!:headbang::headbang:
Posted 14 April 2010 - 05:06 AM
It involves a sterilized jar of water with glass shards in the bottom. Once you have the tissue you want to clone, just drop it in the jar and shake it violently for about a minute. You should have a fairly milky mix, and you can (and should) use it immediately. I would suggest doing this work in a glovebox or in front of a flowhood. One competitor spore can ruin your efforts. You can also follow the 9er Tek version of this, which utilizes a blender attachment instead of glass shards.
Either way, cloning is an effective way to maxmixe your grows, as pinsets will be more uniform in general. If you are dreaming about that fuly canopy that you see in many pictures, in many situations that is partly possible because the grower cloned from a nice cluster or a big fruit. My advice is do three or four clones at a time--so that you are guaranteed at least one or more will be good fruiters.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 07:29 AM
And a tub-in-tub incubator is a bottom storage container which holds water and the aquarium heater and a top container which holds your colonizing jars, bags, or trays.
As far as good temps for colonizing, I prefer somewhere in the mid to upper 70s F myself, but others will tell you low to mid 80s F. Mycelium will certainly colonize at temps around 70 F, but that process will be slower by a week or so.
Anyway, here's the classic thread on the subject:
Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:08 PM
Through experimentation, Hippie3 came up with a variation on the regular PF Tek brown rice flour cake. The supercake formula will cost you less than $100 to accumulate the ingredients--you can find everything at organic supermarkets and lawn and garden supply stores. The basic idea of the supercake is to give cakes a nutritional boost that aids in both colonization speed and fruit yield. If you follow it to the letter, you will improve your cake grows--and many also use it for bulk spawn. Just be sure not to use too much of any particular additive, through which you make your mix just too rich and more prone to contamination, in my experiences. And when Hip calls for heaping cups of rice and vermiculite, be generous with both (otherwise, you will not have enough mix to make whatever number of jars you figured).
Supercake formula: http://mycotopia.net...ke-formula.html
Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:11 AM
The advantages of popcorn slurry are many. You can always see whether or not the popcorn has any contams, especially after a couple shakes. This is not an option with LCs (test jars instead). Drawing the slurry from the jar(s) is quite easy because popcorn grains are large and simply will not clog a syringe needle (unlike WBS or Rye or BRF with vermiculite). You can inoculate a WHOLE LOT of substrate with one pint jar of colonized corn--and it will grow incredibly fast.
I have personally given up making LCs because of this method. There's nothing wrong with LCs; it's just that this is much easier and foolproof for me.
The Tek: http://mycotopia.net...culant-tek.html
A syringe ready to go:
Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:51 AM
The key to this tek is getting the moisture content just right, which is 1/2 cup of rice to 3/4 cup of water--then PC for 40 minutes. As far as lids, you can use tyvek like Duke does; but you could also use a polyfill hole like standard grain jar lids or you could cover the four PF holes with micropore tape (and there are other options, of course). If you follow Duke's advice to the letter, you will grow a nice little stash.
The Tek: http://mycotopia.net...html#post180662
Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:48 AM
Irishlion's honey/karo LC mix is the most effective recipe I have tried. If you look at his results, it's pretty darn amazing. If you are going to try an LC, this one is the way to go, in my opinion: http://mycotopia.net...culture-lc.html
Posted 19 April 2010 - 11:30 AM
1). Take the dry weight of however many shrooms you want to make chocolates with and divide that by the number of chocolates you want. Example: if you have 12 grams of dry magic, you can make 6 chocolates that will be about 2 grams each. It is simple math.
2). Grind up your shrooms to a powder in a coffee grinder, blender, etc. Put them in a bag. Fill another bag with dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate melts more evenly than milk chocolate or white chocolate and is infinitely easier to work with) that is just a tad fuller than the bag of magic powder.
3). Use a double-boiler at the lowest setting to melt the chocolate. You can make a double-boiler from a small pot with just a bit of water in it and a glass or metal bowl (sprayed lightly with Pam or some other cooking spray or oil) on top of the small pot. Or go buy a double-boiler if you are rolling in cash, lol. Stir the chocolate almost constantly until it has melted enough to pour off the spoon.
4). Remove the melted chocolate from the stove. Pour in the powder and mix WELL. Do this in an expedient manner. You don't want the chocolate to set up too fast, and you want it mixed well so that the magic is evenly distributed.
5). Spoon the chocolates into molds of your choice. Ice cube trays work well. You can buy molds at most craft stores, too.
6). Tap the mold on the counter make the chocolates solid chunks. Cover the mold with aluminum foil and refrigerate for an hour.
7). Wrap the chocolates individually and enjoy.
You can always add other ingredients if you want, but that is the simple method. I have stored chocolates for a few years with no noticeable loss of potency. And they taste so much better than chomping down dry shrooms.
For an illustrated version of this, check out Shombino's method: http://mycotopia.net...chocolates.html
Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:53 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:21 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:24 PM
thanks again MLB
Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:45 AM
Here are a few pointers. Always shoot for temperatures between 140-160 F; if you go much higher, you can destroy that beneficial bacteria of which we spoke. If you have the time, pasteurize for several hours--it will make a difference in the long run, especially if you are trying to produce more than a couple flushes from a bulk grow. If you are working with fresh or semi-dried dung, always leech it to wash out any urine and get rid of funky smells. Your dung should have that loamy smell, like a forest floor after a summer rain. If you pasteurize something and cannot use for a few days, freeze it to prevent having to pasteurize it again; once it thaws, it's ready to use. And always either squeeze the excess moisture from your pasteurized material or add a little dry vermiculite or coir to dial in the proper moisture content (just a drop or two of moisture from a squeezed handful of substrate).
There are several methods of pasteurization. The most common are the pillow case in a hot water bath (which is great if you need to leech some dung, BTW, as it kills two birds with one stone), steam pasteurization (awesome if you can afford a wallpaper steamer), oven pasteurization, and bleach/lime pasteurization.
Here's a thread which covers a lot of ground, and we have a whole section of the vaults dedicated to this topic:
Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:41 AM
Here's the thread which defines and documents this topic: http://mycotopia.net...hic-fluffy.html
Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:36 PM
Anyhow, here's the thread, which contains a ton of fascinating knowledge. Enjoy!
Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:31 AM