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#1 Needles

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:25 PM

After spending time studying about the health benefits from taking or using C. sinensis I decided to look into ways to cultivate this mushroom. Looking to what others were doing and larger companies that were selling capsules were doing. I found that most companies were just selling mycelium or ground up inoculated grain. I know from first hand that Reishi mycelium is just as medicinal as the fruits. Experimenting with different broths and fermentation techniques I found that a simple barley malt formula of 20 grams of malt to 400ml of water worked the best.
Starting with a nice monoculture of C. sinensis image.jpeg once again I would harvest and blend the culture image.jpeg image.jpeg then using a sterilized syringe to draw up the chopped up mycelium. Injecting 5cc of solution into each jar of malt broth. Placing jars on magnetic stirrers is a simple option although not necessarily needed. A marble works fine to stir the broth. Once the jar gets about a one inch cap of mycelium image.jpeg it's time to harvest and dryimage.jpeg once the cake has dried a small coffee grinder is used to pulverize the mycelium image.jpeg
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Once pulverized I packed 1/10 g of mycelium into bell caps for consumption.

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:45 PM

Love the blender blade lids!
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:50 PM

My latest experiments with C. sinensis has been with chicken eggs. This was my first attempt so there was a bit of a learning curve inoculating a egg. Once again starting by blending a culture and soft boiling a dozen eggs. I tried drill bits to make a hole in the egg big enough to fit a 16 gauge needle. A number seven scalpel with a number eleven blade worked great and it could be sterilized in between uses. Another mistake was choosing a 10cc syringe to use for injection. To much liquid would enter the egg and crack it. I will use a 2 or 3 next time. Here are a few photos of my work station.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:20 AM

As far as I know, the most treasured medicine with the cordyceps militaris  is the colonized bug/pupae FYI.

 

Good stuff @needles! Let's grow!


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:22 AM

Im walking into work now but i want to talk about inoculation of a chicken egg later. Do you like the utinsel sterilizer? I almost bought one but i was told it took almost 30 seconds or longer to get it glowing. Is that your experience with the unit? My torch at full flame is less then 3 seconds for syringes and about 6 to get a scaple blade glowing.

Im surprised your threads are not getting more attention! Great quality pictures as well!

@catattack is the only other brother i seen work with this species. I wouldnt mind working with ergot sclerotium which is of the same genus, i think. But i don't want my limbs to fall off so im kind of scared. I have performed lsa extractions from Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory seeds but always wanted to extract from ergot for some reason. Anyway getting off track. Cool thread!

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:29 AM

Im walking into work now but i want to talk about inoculation of a chicken egg later. Do you like the utinsel sterilizer? I almost bought one but i was told it took almost 30 seconds or longer to get it glowing. Is that your experience with the unit? My torch at full flame is less then 3 seconds for syringes and about 6 to get a scaple blade glowing.

I just got the bacti-cinerator a couple weeks ago, killer deal on eBay. Old but brand new in the box. True, it takes a while to heat up but once it's ready it's on. Three or four seconds and unless you have some sort of extremophiles your good to go. I was using a torch too then found a propane burner that works very wellimage.jpeg image.jpeg if you look at the photo above there is a blue spray bottle, it's filled with 91% isopropyl. I use it often to help keep things sanitized and with that open flame I get a bit nervous. Using the bacti-cinerator helps with that worry.....
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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:33 AM

As far as I know, the most treasured medicine with the cordyceps militaris  is the colonized bug/pupae FYI.
 
Good stuff @needles! Let's grow!


Yes, let's grow indeed.... Winters here and it's time to prepare for a nice spring harvest.....
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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:36 PM

I get what you mean about the iso and open flame. I used to get nervous when using a torch after sanitizing my gloves and wrists. My homemade hand sanitizer which is 91% iso and aloe Vera makes me feel like im putting napalm on at times but i have not caught fire yet.

I literally do have a self extinguishing plan in the event it happens which is executed in 3 seconds or less, im serious lmao. Being a level 2 firefighter, well was, i am very conscious around fire safety.

Alright im done with my clutter posting. Nice gadget, and if i can get a scaple glowing in 5 seconds, i damn sure can get a sharp or piece of nichrome glowing in no time.
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