Maitake Grow Log
It's on now.............the retirement plan is to NOT RETIRE!
BUT TO GROW
Slowly but surely I'm getting quite a few people hooked on the Maitake mushroom. Wonder if I can go pro? Only one way to find out..........
Pulling the tea Using a filter flask Hardwood sawdust
500ml of hardwood tea made from 750ml of distilled water and hardwood sawdust boiled until 500ml
I've gotten into the habit of germinating spores on a BRF agar made with a tea of the targeted fruiting substrate. In this case it is hardwood mostly oak. The stuff used for making the tea will be saved and sterilized for a little later down the road.
Melting the agar powder, 9.5 grams, in the HW tea at about 50C
Stirring in powdered BRF, 40 grams, and then bringing to a quick boil, shut off and allow to cool back to about 55C
Then pouring into flat culture jars (I love these ball flat decorative jelly jars for agar)
These have been inoculated with spores and soon the search for a fruiting strain will be on.
So this is the first goal of this exercise. To isolate an aggressive growing and also good fruiting
This is how I do it...............
Very simple BRFA (brown rice flower agar) I use it for everything actually
500 ml distilled water (usually a tea of some sort)
9.5 grams powdered agar
40 grams powdered brown rice flower
Make tea, reduce to 500 ml and then strain, heat to about 50c to 60c and then melt agar slowly in steps while stirring, turn heat up and add brown rice flour incrementally stirring, like making gravy, as soon as it boils turn off heat and let cool to about the 50c to 60c range and then pour into jars and loosely cover with filter lids, foil, and ring. Let cool and then load into PC with RINGS LOOSE, PC for 15 minutes at 15psi and then turn off and allow PC to return to atmospheric pressure. I take the jars out of the PC and tighten rings then allow to cool/store flat in the old fridge until used.
So now we wait and see what happens........................woodlovers teach the next level in patience.