Hello everyone! I'm so glad to be here. I don't know a thing about mushrooms other than I enjoy ordering them at many restaurants. I saw a Joe Rogan podcast with Paul Stamets a few weeks ago and found myself completely in awe on the topic of mushrooms. I think I have watched or listened to it a half dozen times. I was fascinated with the history and what seemed to be an abundant amount of evidence as it relates to medicinal properties. I started watching many videos on growing mushrooms and thought before I get into it i'd get involved in a forum to try and learn more about it. Not sure where to start. Do I start with a simple grow kit? What type or types should I start with? Anyway, thanks for putting up with a newbie and I look forward to making some new friends and learning all I can.
Most people here will recommend making your own BRF/PF jars than buying a growkit with presterilized jars or bags.
The best method if you want some guaranteed mushrooms, and the cheapest is to order a spore syringe(see "vendors" thread) and use 1/2 pint widemouth mason jars with brown rice flower and vermiculite substrate. A pressure cooker is not required for PF tek.
Here is a really good vid showing the whole method(link). The guy talks a lot but he's got good info, and shows the most fool proof way to get some shrooms. I
f you do not care about price, or learning the process and just want one flush to get a small stash you could do okay with a growkit, but sometimes they fail, they can be too dry because the companies make large batches of substrate bags/jars that sit on a shelf, sometimes for months. Your bag/jars will be colonizing and then stall from lack of moisture.
Which ever you end up doing, welcome & good luck!
Edited by Billcoz, 15 May 2019 - 10:09 PM.