This morning I decided to make one of my favorite and simple agar recipes, malt agar. I always make my own agar, but prepared agar for mushroom cultivation you can purchase is great. I have used both with the same results. I'm just a do it yourself kind of guy, and love preparing something from scratch (and it's cheaper).
I use 1/4 pint jelly jars instead of petris. IMO this saves money and time using these jars for the hobbyist like myself. Plus no need to make more then you may use, and no need for the added step of pouring.
Simple agar agar one can find in most health food stores and light malt extract found in a brewery store:
For 5 jars I mix 1 tbls of agar agar to 1tbls of malt in a small bowl:
I then fill the jars up with ~ 3 tbls water:
Add ~ 1 teaspoon of the agar mix to each jar and stir, cover with foil and reay for the pc:
I then sterilize at 15 psi for 30 minutes. After sterilizing, solidifying, and cooling they are ready for inoculation. Nothing new here, and I'm sure that others utilize similar means of agar work. Just thought I would share since I was doing it anyway.
Edited by peacefrog, 01 March 2015 - 10:16 AM.