This is a good one as well. Very fine misting. Always point you mist bottle up over the tub and mist letting the water mist waft down onto the substrate. Always point up in the air and never down at the mycelium When misting.
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A hygrometer gives an exact reading, not a 20 point range. I just scrolled through you pics again and I must of missed the last one. I did not see the first time the you have surface pins. They’re coming along. So Forget all those side pins let her go at her own pace. Your going to get a more fruitful harvest if you just have some patience and let her finish. The side pins are a result of you humidity dropping in the chamber you need to keep it consistent. Go buy a hygrometer with a prove the extends on a wire. They are less than $10. Then make sure it stays in the 85%-95% range at all times when your fruiting. Transfer your block to a bigger tub and you’ll get some of those side pins to mature but concentrate on the surface and as long as you keep an 85-95%RH with temps in the 72-76 Fahrenheit range you’ll get more surface pins. Just let the side pins do what they are gonna do. Concentrate on you surface she looks nice and healthy and I’m sure it’s gonna turn out fine for you. Buy a hygrometer that has a temperature probe as well. Those are 2 very important markers in fruiting you want to know your levels on when fruiting. Get the kind that has a wire that extends and put the probe inside your tub and the meter outside the tub.
Like this one:
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If you want something better than a polyill filter for the fans, I bought some PM2.5 filters and taped two together with 3M micropore tape and they fit nicely over the fans.
I start pouring when the temp drops under 130 degrees F
I don’t know what that is sorry. I can personally recommend this. As for your mushrooms idk man it’s hard to say without any pictures
Ventilation could definitely be a culprit, but my initial focus is on the temp. 22 degrees is pretty low, by getting the temp up around 26 you'll really speed up the growth (from months to weeks) and can avoid problems like wet rot (can be common when spawn time takes longer than 4-5 weeks because of the excessive moisture in UB bags).
I normally incubate mine in a box with a small heating pad and a temperature gauge/thermometer. The box should be just big enough to fit your UB bags and the heating pad without the heating pad touching the bags. You just want the pad to be heating the air in the box, as the pad normally gets too hot for the UB bags. This is what I use because it has a thermometer and turns off the heating pad once the air in the box reaches the desired temp. I normally set it to 78F/26C.
Link isn't working for me. Great post btw
I like just a simple binocular compound microscope. Amazon has one right now by Omax has a 4-X 2000X on their best seller list that is a really deal and includes a box of slides and covers. Try this link and check out the specks. It's a good price for a compound and has everything you need.
Yes, this is correct, 75-80 is perfect for fast growth but not too hot as to inhibit growth. At 64 it might take months to get a colonized bag, and at that rate you
I normally incubate mine in a box with a small heating pad and a temperature gauge/thermometer. The box should be just big enough to fit your UB bags and the heating pad without the heating pad touching the bags. You just want the pad to be heating the air in the box, as the pad normally gets too hot for the UB bags. This is what I use because it has a thermometer and turns off the heating pad once the air in the box reaches the desired temp. I normally set it to 78F.
This is the one I bought. It's small and portable and cheap, that last bit being pretty important after all the money I've spent on this hobby. LOL
I did 5 grams pda powder and 125 ml water, I used this pda from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BA07OYY/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_PBD63Y8Y3M25TKQJV9TE
it says it's got "24% Dried Potato Powder 43% Agar Agar Powder 33% Dextrose Powder" in the recipe. thanks for relying!
You could also use I think a 10%-15% bleach and water mix. It just takes longer to evaporate but you don't get the alcohol smell. I also use a UV light in my work space before I do work.
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This has been working for me in small amounts in my sub mix… like 3 tbsp in my normal cvg mix…
After trying to drill a few I ended up ordering a sheet metal punch that I'm sure I'll use for other things around the house. It was hard drilling through such thin metal and would never be smooth or an even circle.
These are the needles and there were cheaper versions of them as well but they were shorter.
Oh maybe. For manure I ordered this.
I have a Ultraviolet Germicidal UV Lamp I got off Amazon to clean my work area that also claims to kill off mites. May be an option for the house if you're not wanting to use chemicals.
I use a UV light to sterilize my work area before doing anything. I converted a 4x4 grow tent I used for cannabis into a walk in still air box.
Right now it looks excessively dry. Use a fine mister only to make sure you are dispersing very small droplets on the surface evenly so when you fan it triggers evaporation and pinning when you fan it out. Keep the lid on the right way without latching it and make sure the sides and lid are also finely misted every day. You dont want the sides and top of your lid to be dry. Unmodded tubs can struggle to get air and/or be excessively dry or wet. You'll have to play with it but what you don't want is big water drops on the surface and sides as it causes pooling issues while you're trying to increase moisture.
Do you normally use the humidifier then for hydrating it? If you're misting with a spray bottle, get a flairisol asap. It's bruised and probably from misting it.
something like this ?
This is super hero wet 😵 it's hard to see conditions but zooming in towards the back where the hairs are laying down doesn't look right. Does it smell? It is wet enough that it's inviting contamination. You need a Fine mister next time.
Here is the one I have. It was the one PGT recommended when I first started years ago. No bruising, still kicking, very fine mist, works wonderfully. Whatever you buy is better than whatever you're currently using
this resolved my issue in a few days. I'm moving it around the house, now, to pick up any stragglers. they don't seem to actually harm my grows, but they're unwelcome. what I do find kinda funny is the flys are spectacularly stupid, like they're drunk or something - perhaps they're tripping?
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This one by Stamets is a good one as well, but the reason I recommended Haze and Mandrake is bc they use Golden Teachers as their example mushroom throughout the book so it would be nice and easy to reference and follow since that’s what you’re starting with as well.
And as far as your fear of fucking up your grow… My guess is that there’s not much hope for whatever you’ve concocted there, so I would honestly recommend just pulling that bin out and away from your grow space, cleaning your area as if you’d had a contam outbreak, and starting over.
Uvc lights aren’t that bad but they are dangerous. Are you using bucket pasteurization? It worked for a while for me but I’ve had to go with putting sub in a large gusseted spawn bag and put in in my pressure cooker on really low heat for like three to four hours. Bucket tech sucks really. I think a food warmer stream well would work great for pasteurization. They’re costly though.
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Looks like you have a few things going on there. Did you do my decontamination Tek without the UVC germicide light? If budget is an issue you can try the tek without it. But the light I would recommend is only $44 USD, it used to be $60. If you get it on Amazon, it's an additional 10% off right now. UVC Germicide Light on Amazon
Just ordered this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082VQNVC4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Might need another one for my mono once I start spawning.
Also do you have any tips on drying whole oats out? I feel like maybe mine were still a bit moist on the outside too.
You can actually keep the air running 24/7 but the humidity need a control humidistat regulator Ink Bird makes one $42.00
Awesome Full Fuckin Canopy Flush my friend! Thanks for the props, I'll only take a little bit of credit. Spores to LC without a Laminar flow hood; it's amazing what we can accomplish when we just keep up'in our game. And all in a Martha Tek, this beautiful display was born; nature thrives at the hand of a human.
I recommend you spend a little more to get the best outcome on your influx fan. This Levoit HEPA-3 grade room filter that sucks air from the bottom. You attach dryer vent tube to the top and bring it through one of the venting holes going into the tent. You not gonna wanna run this on a timer. I let it run continuously on the LOW setting. Use some 2.5" sealing tape and attach the tube to the top of the filter. This way you take all airborne contaminates out and are only pumping pure air. The low setting is perfect. The only problem with this set up is that you can not turn the power on and off, if a timer shuts it off you manually have to pushnthe button again to get it to power on again. It works for me cause my power never goes off. True HEPA Filter
(1) Get a fan like this (don't let the description scare you, this one would be great for a small Martha)
(2) cut the connector off, strip back the leads and connect it to this barrel plug. Now you can connect it to a plug-in timer of your choice.
My sprayer holds less than 2 cups and only needs to be refilled once a week if I have multiple tubs going. You may be over doing it. Try using a fine mister like a hairdresser would use.
If you are concerned about contam in the air, perhaps a little grow tent would be useful to put in the closet. Like tyhis one from amazon is $66 and would prolly fit in there https://www.amazon.com/iPower-Hydroponic-Observation-Window-Growing/dp/B01JN8REQC?ref\_=ast\_sto\_dp&th=1&psc=1
Well your bag looks great. I would just avoid using any mycelium that clearly tougher the cloudy agar. It’s a weak bacillus strain and usually fairly benign. But it will transfer to a liquid culture easily if your not careful. You can kill the bacteria on the plate without harming the mycelium. Get your self a UV-C germicide light and put it right on top of the syringe or plates within a few inches and leave the light on 20 min. It will kill the bacterial a and you can safely use the mycelium.
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This one I know has a higher pH around a 6. It will be easier to titrate the pH. I've never tried that brand.
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I only know about the one I’m using, I’m sure there are others out there that have a more neutral pH. The one I use is probably your most expensive on the market because when it comes to my Mushie crops, I spare no expense and feature top quality. I used to have it imported from New Zealand then Amazon started carrying a similar brand. This is the one I use:
Sphagnum peat Moss from New Zealand
Good I'll get to the entries in a minute.
This is a good deal for a binocular compound. Comes with a starter pack of slides, covers for basic slide prep.
My distilled water with 1/8 teaspoon of lime gets a pH reading of around 12. Will this negatively impact the casing layer? Is the distilled water off? Could it be the pH meter? I calibrated it but haven't had much luck. This is the one that I got:
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Thanks in advance for your help! :)
Your HEPA, is the air input to the filter outside of your tent and the outflow that pushes the clean air, inside your tent? Do you have a humidity controller set to regulate the RH range? And a thermostat that controls heat? You need an exhaust in order to get the air flow moving so it always is pulling air out at about the same rate fresh air is going in. If the answer to those are all yes then you got all the elements necessary to grow Martha Tek. If not make the adjustments so they are.
You probably can get away with this exhaust if you have a small tent inside a room. But you may need a dehumidifier in the outside if the tent so you don’t damage your room.
We’ll pick up some orange tinted goggles too, the light is not good for eyes and can actually cause blindness. Look here, Amazon $10. Vinmax Dental Lab Safety Glasses Goggle Glasses Anti-Fog Glasses Protective Eye for Curing Light Whitening https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075NDQPY5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GX3RK0F6F13ZD3MJZ69G
If you don't have a gage, this one works great for $5. I roll up some gorilla tape and stick it to the side of my tubs
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Better value and heavier mil to not break
For growing oysters, instead of a monotub try getting some of these bags
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Fill them with substrate and sterilize with a pressure cooker. When you're ready to fruit just cut an X in the side of the bag.
Should look like this:
The so called UVC lamp that I bought Compact Bulb U/V/C Light with Ozone Lamp E26 25w 110v Covers up to 400sq does produce Ozone. The quartz bulb envelope will permit a 185nm wavelength to emerge.
You can use a fumigation product of some sort like this and you'll be fine I think. All the best!
The so-called UVC lamp that I use is a fluorescent type that I got from Amazon CTUV-25 Trust me it produces copious amounts of Ozone. I worked in a spectroscopy lab where we used small ozone-producing mercury lamps, so I'm familiar with the smell.
Best bet would be getting an air purifier and keeping up with regular cleaning with proper chemicals. Replace your central air filter too, there is a difference in a $3 filter and a $20 filter.
I have a Veva unit i got for $100. It is not normally $200 for the unit, it may be $120 for you but I have business pricing so I get it for less. Buy a pack of replacement filters while youre at it
I haven’t started making my own agar yet. I bought these plates from Amazon. They have been great for me so far. Any contam has been my own
90 second mycology has a great no-pour agar video where he shows and talks about how to do it with mason jars with or without a pressure cooker.
Also. Those cups suck. Use the shorter 2oz versions. Shorter cup, flatter wider base for agar and the lids snap on easier IMO. Additionally, less wall surface area = less chance of accumulating contams.
I've been isolating the mycelium agar specifically for that beautiful rhizo. Unfortunately, my past 6 attempts have all encountered the green monster and I've never gotten to see what they grow in to.
I don't understand how I can do agar work, even in open air, and have zero contamination. Yet, I can't get substrate to work.
I'm doing your suggested pasteurization method next time: baking!
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I have 2 tubs colonizing well, due to be 10 days on Friday the 13th (8/13).
When do I apply a casing layer?
I'm using CVG with sterilized worm castings (vegan, no manure).
Bucket tek. Double bucket with mylar insulation.
I lysol'd and the tubs and then washed with soap and water.
I used grocery bags for liners and sprayed them down with isopropyl alcohol.
I prepared the tubs under a UVC quartz lamp and in an environment with noticeable levels of ozone gas.
If it isn't my grain, my second suspect is the Coco coir.
I used Plantonix Coco Coir Brick, OMRI Listed for Organic Use (5 Bricks) - https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01N1YP8O6/
My environment is treated weekly with ozone (10g/hour, levels enough to suffocate a human through my 2097 respirator) and more frequently with UVC.
I'm able to do quick open air agar without contamination.
If you’re afraid you’re going to damage your tub but want to control fungus gnats/ fruit flies you can buy traps off Amazon and stick it in your tub 48 Pack Sticky Fruit Fly Traps and Fungus Gnat Trap Killer for Indoor and Outdoor, Protect The Plant, Non-Toxic and Odorless https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XLL463B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_C082BMER3S92752MT22N?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Here’s a link, they will literally clear up any fruit infestation within a day or two
Ikr?! Me too! The brand I bought, per recommendation , is non toxic and environmentally friendly and is supposed to be great for the “sporebeez” tek .. here ya go :)
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Yes, my exhaust leads to the outside air. Here is the Amazon link to the HEPA True Filter I use. The inline exhaust fan and vent tubing was purchased at Home depot and is normal stock. I suppose you can find on their website or instore.
If this is mss you need to do mss to agar (as many ketchup cup agars as you can) and see if you can make a non contaminated cup. 1 drop of mss to each ketchup cup agar.
Something like this cup. Check this out at Amazon
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I used this one humidifier but only because it was an old one I had around the house. Someone recommended this one
Hope this helps!
Ok the coir is washed but not pH buffered so it that came off the package then that's just how they process the coir has nothing to do with the casing. Let me ask did you follow these steps in this order?
1.) Spawn to full colonization on grain
2.) Added grain to bulk substrate of verm and coir
3.) prepared casing later separately with peat moss and verm
4.0 Buffered water with hydrated lime to a 8.5-9.0 pH
5.) Mixed casing and buffered water and heat sterilized
6) Waited till the surface of the bulk substrate was fully colonized (10-14 days) and then added the casing layer about 1" thick all over the substrate surface.
Did you do all those steps in that order?
There's loads of apps out there that can help with colour detection, something like this might be handy for you to have on your phone if you're ever stuck with a similar problem
Boss, I misted way too much didn’t I? Here.
Also this is the mister I use.
I did not mist directly, I misted above and let it fall like rain and misted some of the walls.
I used a liquid culture in a syringe that I bought from an online vendor.
This filter sticker is what I used for my gas exchange.
No need to buy $700 equipment cheap stuff works too. If you choose another one choose ones with glass tubes as they are uvc. Wear sunglasses if using cause you can seriously burn your eyes with these. Probably best use case is to get a couple and leave it on for 30minutes in a room to clean it and turn it off when you're in the room
This is the filter I installed I my system.