no offense taken. I did appreciate your input. I guess i should also make clear that "karo" is just corn syrup, ive also seen agave, honey, plain beet or cane sugar, all used with success.
Héhé, the thing about the US was just a little snipe remark ;)
My ego having fun, if you wish. :P
My post was more about answering Awakening7's question about using LME and dextrose in his LCs...
I, for one, would love to be able to find Karo (and lots of other stuff from the US for mycology) here in Europe.
But I guess dextrose and LME are a winning combo as it's used by professional mycologists all over the world.
No offense meant either ;)
Karo is just corn syrup ? Why did you wait this year to tell me that ? ;)
I bet corn syrup in the USA is 100% GMO/Monsanto ?
In short, might be good for the mycelium, but don't dare to eat that poison yourself ;)
(not because it's GMO - still has to be proven, because it's a VERY BAD form of sugar, and they put it everywhere so we're addicted and can't think straight)
I've tried Stevia syrup but had no success...
Then brown honey but couldn't see through well enough, then acacia honey (pale yellow) which is much better for visibility but I'll experiment again with dextrose and LME for my next LCs.
Thanks Silly. I tried honey/Karo and potato/Karo but couldn't get them to come out of the PC clear. I ended up using straight Karo at 3% and it seems like the growth has stopped. I made a another Karo LC at 6% and transferred some mycelium to that and it's doing good. I'll have to order some LME and try that combo you suggested. I also started to PC @ 10 PSI / 30 min. I read that 5 PSI / 25 min works fine. I use quart jars with 400 ml distilled h2o.
I'd be curious to know what happens with your 6% LC... Can you keep us informed somewhere ?
Good idea about using different PSIs and timings, though my PC has a PSI gauge, I never realized it could be used at less than 15 PSI and still sterilise "stuff" ;)
Silly me ;)
Edited by SillyCone, 15 June 2014 - 08:38 PM.