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Newbie attempting to cultivate Oysters indoors...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Expanding spawn is easy, it's usually refered to as grain to grain. Take one of your colonized bags & add portions to fresh bags & mix well. I'd probably go with about a 6 or 7 times expansion. I hope you have a contaminant free environment to work in. I don't have a flow box to work in front of right now so I'm running a HEPA filter air cleaner in my "office" for a few hours before working with anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:03 am    Post subject: cross inoculation successful! Reply with quote

Well I went ahead and transferred a few teaspoons of culture to another new bag... and away it grows!

--cultured1, I used only maybe a 20th by volume comparison so I spose it will take longer to fully culture.

I don't have a HEPA filter but have other ways to clean the air. How much does it cost to set up a flow hood?

And good news!! the council cut down some birch trees nearby so I have 5 new logs each about 80 cm long to age then inoculate. The bad news is I think they have to be cultivated on soil and I live in a flat!

Anyway, the future is looking better and better. But does anyone have any advice to pass on about how to manage oyster mushrooms for the fruiting stage? Do I need a thermometer? is temperature critical? I have a hygrometer and accurate scales to measure the change in mass from moisture loss.

Any help is appreciated
Thanks again folx,

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy premade laminar flow boxes but they can get expensive. I'm thinking about making one using a storage bin for a frame, HEPA filter element, 2nd bin for an air intake & an old fan from a microwave. I've seen posts with links to plans, I'll try & find it.
Peterthinks posted some good links in this thread
https://fungusfun.com/mushrooms/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=67
A covered plant stand may work for a fruiting chamber, check out the gallery, I've posted a pic of what I used to fruit a shitake block last year.
As allways, good luck with your grow.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:41 am    Post subject: Variations in culture growth speed Reply with quote

Its funny that of 4 culutures of this fungus on coffee grounds, 2 have boomed, yet the other 2 are lagging behingd. Could it be variations in coffee brand? Moisture content? There are no contaminants visible.

Does it need perhaps some added vitamins in water?

I am enjoying this hobby but haven't grown a single mushroom so far!!!

to see pics of one of my advanced cultutres, go to

http://www.sacredshrooms.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2109902/an/0/page/0#2109902


enjoy!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the link for the DIY flowhood, here it is
http://www.mycotopia.net/site/article.php?22.255
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