2 holes vs. 4 holes

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By I feel so weird (Phishgrower) on Thursday, October 04, 2001 - 06:25 pm:

before i was introduced to the great fanaticus method, I read a tek that uses 2 holes in the top of the canning jars instead of 4. 6 out of my 12 lids have 2 holes, the other have 4. This is my 2nd attempt with the shroomies, they're in the pressure cooker now. My question is: with the jars with only 2 holes, do you think it'll work just as good if i add 1/2 cc into each hole? It evens out, but I'm thinking it just may not colonize as fast. I'm really anxious about this. I plan to take some and birth them normally, and put some others in a casing. I also did 3 of my jars using the inner resevoir tek. Hopefully that's as good as they say it is. Thanks again people.

By Kaijan (Kaijan) on Thursday, October 04, 2001 - 07:04 pm:

The idea behind having 4 holes is to allow the outer surface of the cake to colonize faster, thus eliminating any chance of bacteria/mold getting a foot hold.

If you use two holes, you would probably have more rhizomorphic growth, but it would probably end up taking from 3-5 days longer to colonize. I would guess. Don't forget the higher chance of contams growing in the uncolonized areas!


By Hongus (Hongus) on Thursday, October 04, 2001 - 07:26 pm:

actually, you could get by with only one hole...
the thing is, it will take considerably longer due to the less amounts of innoculation points... think of it as a race to get the jar to colonize faster than what the contamination can.

By Tim Leary (Timothyleary) on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 12:39 am:

then why not 8 holes?

By Brad (Raze) on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 12:45 am:

Why not just have no lid, and dump the innoculation into it?
There's a thing called overkill

By Lichen (Lichen) on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 12:47 am:

it's tedious and unnessesary, that's why. But you can do it, and probably get faster results, too.

Old timer showed us an experiment where he took a large jar, filled it with substrate, and inserted several dowels long enough to go from top to bottom, then he sterilized it. Removing the dowels in a cleanroom, he then packed the dowel holes with ground cakes. He says the colonization time is exemplary.