So fellow mycotopiates, I've wanted to start this thread for awhile. It's just what it says, a place to show off your innovations, hacks, and tips that you have acquired or 'invented' regarding home cultivation of our fungal friends.
I have been inspired by other members' ingenuity on many occasions and it is my hope that this could be a depot of sorts, for anything that will save time, save room at the local landfill/trashcan, or new ways to do things.
Just off of the top of my head, @microbe77 and his black agar (and a bunch more agar-agar related innovations), @mlbjammer and his invitro <fill in the blank>, @wharfrat (or @coorsmikey) had the kuerig cups as seed starters, @tvcasualty probably could add them in his sleep.. you get the idea.
I will start!
The first one is easy but I'm not sure people know about it widely. Although I consider it common knowledge that pp5, polypropylene, (preferably food grade, ziplock tupperwares, take-out quarts, etc) are rated up to 250f and can withstand an autoclave/PCing. Did you know that the most commonly used sterlite bins are also pp5? I go straight in the oven with sterlite bins with field capacity bulk sub and the lids on (important that it's uniformly moist, to ensure proper and even heating throughout, and it's less steps in open air after pasteurization).
My next one is just how I do my lids, @psychonaught (sp?) taught me how to do lids this way, but I tweaked it a touch. Firstly they are the plastic replacement lids. I drill two 3/16" holes in my lids. I then rough up the lids around said holes (both sides) for the silicone self healing injection port (SHIP), and for the vent, a band-aid. The band-aid is adhered with the silicone too.
Now here's where I usually get into a debate with other topiates, I save a lot of money because I use ANY 100% silicone bath caulk. It comes in all the same colors and is rated up to 400f in use. Most people will insist that one uses the RTV automotive silicone, but it is Overkill with a capital 'O'. Do yourself a favor and save the RTV silicone for your 1967 Ford ;) and use the bath silicone you probably already have. My lids are versatile, have fewer contamination vectors, and are cheaper. I use them for BRF/PF cakes, grain, plug spawn, etc
On the subject of lids, why are you kids using four inoculation points!? I go right in the center of my cakes with 1cc of spores/inoculant. It requires more patience, but my cakes are ALWAYS 100% colonized with no nasty stuff hidden in the middle. It allows you to take them out early too (if you can't wait), just wash off the non-colonized part, not pretty but it fruits. You should be leaving your cakes alone anyway! Patience is essential in this hobby.
Thanks y'all, I hope to see your posts!
first picture is the lids, second pic is a pp5 I found in the trash that would be great for an all in one shallow pan grow the little fold for sprinkling cheese could be used to increase or decrease FAE, which is important with all myc but especially pans.
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Edited by catattack, 03 November 2015 - 08:29 PM.