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#21 hogwild

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 03:55 PM

Yes its much faster than plain brf :)

Here are a few pics:

The largest one is a 20 quart tub. 3 Pint BRF cakes (gt strain) were broken up and cased w/ straw. A 1.5 inch coir casing layer was applied.
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The longer black tray was just a small food container from smart and final, 4 bucks. These work perfect for casings, they come w/ a lid too. 1 pint brf cake spawned to straw cased w/ coir.
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I noticed that cake stacking worked well in some other threads, so i decided to make a little pyramid just for shits.
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The bottom cake was one brf cake spawned w/ pasturized straw. The top piece was kindof a joke. I had the last bit of pasturized straw in a bag and it wasnt enough for another casing so i threw in a couple chunks of brf and poked some holes in the bag. I left it sitting in the cabinet and sure enough after a couple days it colonized. Some coir was layered very thinly in between the two cakes. Its way too wet because im still trying to work out the coolmist cycle to perfection.

Here is a casing that was made using a casserole tray from smart and final 5$. 2 pint brf cakes spawned w/ straw cased w/ 50% verm 50% coir
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And the center cabinet which holds the expansion chamber for the ultrasonic and the sleep apnea device. This is the "brains" of the humidification/ air exchange system.
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Theres a ton stuff to take pics of however i have no card for my camera. Will post updates/ more pics soon.

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#22 Hippie3

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:39 PM

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is heading for overlay if it doesn't pin PDQ
might want to drop temps lower to slow it down some.
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148244555
looks to already be overlaid in spots so
stop misting and go directly to pinning conditions.

#23 hogwild

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:06 PM

thx hip those pics are a few days old, all casings are displaying excellent pinset as of today.

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:13 PM

heres a pic of one of the smaller casings. This one is 2 days ahead of the other 3 casings. http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148260235

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:14 PM

beautiful stuff ! :dance: :)

#26 hogwild

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:36 AM

A few more pics.

One of the gt cakes and the casing from above...

Ive noticed a lot of these have mutated w/ holes in the center of the caps, i
have seen this before but im not sure what causes it. Anyone have any ideas? I dont use chemicals in or near my fc at all.

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#27 Hippie3

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 03:02 PM

can you show better pic of these holes in caps ?

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 05:35 PM

ill try and snag another pic when one pops up w/ massive hole in the center.

some have also had missing pieces almost on the caps and the gills have been showing. Must be some kind of mutation, and im not sure whats causing it. Almost all of the cakes are looking more healthy now that those two cakes w/ mutations are gone. I had a minor fruit fly invasion a while back, i wonder if they can cause that sort of thing? Peace.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 06:14 PM

do you use lysol anywhere in the process?

that casing is just beautiful i love the lil fatties u have there :)

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 06:16 PM

I had a minor fruit fly invasion a while back, i wonder if they can cause that sort of thing? Peace.

whatr ya thinkin maggots? eeek

verticillium is carried by flies and im sure other crippling bacterial contams are too
maybe hippie has the answer

#31 hogwild

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:55 PM

yeah verticillium was visible in those two cakes,there was a casing that unbeknownst to me not 100% colonized. The bottom of the casing where i couldnt see it was still partially uncolonized. The flys went right for it, laid their eggs and soon the whole chamber was a mass of flies it was terrible. I tossed out that casing and the two cakes in the chamber, bleached out the perlite and the hose leading to the other chambers. Everything is legit these days, no flies thank goodness. I think it was probably the flies which brought on the bacteria and weakend the mycelium. We shall see if any other cakes show these same signs of stress. Ill get some pix right now of a few other cakes and such.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:52 PM

foaf knows its not recommended to use bagged compost. Browsing home depot garden section he stumbled across some bagged compost that seemed to have many great ingredients.

Foaf made several casings and several "cakes" to see how well this compost works.
Kellogs Nrich all natural compost contains:
Composted forest humus, Redwood, Composted chicken manure, Worm castings, Kelp meal, Bat guano, Gypsum with oyster shell and dolomite limes.
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148434677

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Ran out of fruiting space so foaf had to turn his glovebox into a terrarium
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The same casing from above, coming along nicely.
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A few cake pics

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Another casing, one section on it is lagging just a bit but still pinning.
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148435366
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A good way to provide light to your terrarium w/o spending a shitload on batteries or other expensive lighting is to buy solar powered malibu lights and fix them to the lid of your terrarium. There are many brands of outdoor solar charged LED accent lights at your local hardware store, and you can usually get two for under 15 bucks. I simply stripped the light down to bare bones essentials and mounted it in the lid. To charge the battery you can put the lid out in the sun for a few hours, or just forget that step altogether. One AA battery will power this led light for over 3 days!


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#33 hogwild

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:58 PM

Update:
Just harvested the smallest casing from above. The fruits werent as large as id hoped, however there was a nice 3 mushroom cluster in the center that was set aside and cloned.
Hopefully next flush or some of foafs larger casings will deliver some boomers. Not too bad still for such a small casing.
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148511235
from the top
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Another cake

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Stacked straw cakes w/ decent pinset
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Posted 24 May 2006 - 06:15 PM

and the crowd goes wild! :dance:
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we use these containers also! and the next size up as well.... great work man! :dance: :)

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 06:20 PM

ty cap, cant wait to see how the rest of the casings finish too. Peace.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:45 PM

very nice hog. :)

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#37 Hippie3

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:35 PM

so i'm a bit lost,
any of those have coconut in them
as per thread topic ?

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:58 PM

hmm will have to try in upcoming batches, nice results... i love the three space tupperware, use those for lunch all the time, maybe ill have to buuy some more for desert :-D

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 11:41 PM

so i'm a bit lost,
any of those have coconut in them
as per thread topic ?


Yes all of the brf used as spawn for the casings had coconut flesh added to the mix. I had a few control jars to see if the yield varied at all, however i was not precise by doing a side by side casing so theres no substantial evidence that one performed better than the other. Out of all the casings the ones that performed the best were the GT spawned w/ straw cased w/ coir.

There are about 10 other casings using that compost from above, they are colonizing and almost ready for fruiting conditions. Probably in the next day or so.

Many of the BRF+ flax+ coconut flesh + straw water colonized faster than lightning, 9 out of the 12 pint jars finished in 9 days. Thats good for me, i dont know about you guys.

Most of the BRF+Flax+coconut flesh+ Straw water jars were spawned to straw and popped out of the containers, fruited as cakes. They are all showing an awesome pinset and should flush by friday. I just got a new card for my other cheapey camera so hopefully some better pics will come around.

Here is what the 3 section tray looked like before decapitation, not too bad but not too great either:
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148531863

And heres a cake with a real chubber on the side. I believe this cake is redboy, there was a minor mixup w/ a few of the jars but slowly its getting sorted out as they fruit, lol.

http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1148531863

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#40 Hippie3

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 08:09 AM

:cool:
sounds pretty close to my formula,
might i suggest trying a few
with worm casting tea
instead of straw water ?
i think you'll be impressed.




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