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By Nan (Nanook) on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 02:45 pm:

The 9er Process

This is a whole grain Brown Rice technique for growing warm fruiting, grain loving, wild mushrooms. This Tek is intended for those who wish to step up from the MMGG (Magic Mushroom Growers Guide**see disclaimer) to a slightly larger scale, but who aren't interested in bulk substrate growing. A familiarity with MMGG is assumed. While these pages describe an exact procedure, there is a world of experimenting and different variations which may work better or worse for different people and for different species. These pages are intended as a starting point, not as a "my way is the only way" procedure.

Grain, Straw, or Compost? That is the question. After experimenting with straw, grain seems to work better for closet type growing. The yield of fruit is directly related to the dry weight of the nutritious part of the substrate. When space is a concern, it's nice to have a compact, highly nutritious substrate. Straw is great for beds or large containers but the nutrients are sparse and they are used up quickly. If one is growing in a small area, one probably isn't inclined to try and make 4 cubic yards of compost and purchasing the right kind of compost can be troublesome.

This leaves Grain. Now then, ... how to make it cheap and simple. The cheapest and simplest way to get started is to follow the MMGG found at The Shroomery [or PF Tek]. The following is for those who are willing to get a bit more involved in order to produce much more in the same space.

Table of contents:
1. Making a Glovebox
2. Culture source and Cloning procedure
3. Preparing the Substrate
4. Casing and Fruiting
5. Spore Collection
6. Blender Usage
7. Misc. goodies and Tips
a) Tips for rye grain
b) Stalled jars
c) Some helpful products
d) Drying and Storage

Primary Equipment Required:

Pressure Cooker - Any cooker which operates at 15 PSI can be used, but the size that holds 7 Qt jars (or larger) is preferred. Transfer chamber (Glove box) - This is essential for consistently clean batches.

Incubation Chamber - This can be a styrofoam or plastic ice chest. Is is best to use an insulated container because you want to keep the temp inside at 82 deg F. An aquarium heater in a tall, small diameter, glass container (like a vase) works well for heat and humidity in the incubation chamber. A glass container is more efficient than plastic at transferring heat to the air in the chamber.

Fruiting Chamber - A 10 or 20 Gallon aquarium, a plastic storage box, or whatever you prefer. In dryer climates some provision for humidifying might be required. For many, misting the casing will be sufficient.

Misc. Items - Syringes (sharp preferred), Mason jars (1 pint, wide mouth, tapered), high quality stainless steel tweezers, Xacto knife, and a blender.

Optional: A HEPA Filter is very desirable for the cropping area and the work area. Walmart has a nice quiet little unit (Holmes) which is great for small rooms/closets. It has an ion generator and it's about $45. One can stand it up on end to have the output blow across a work area, too, ... very handy!

The Glove Box : Cloning : The Substrate : Casing/Fruiting : Spore Collection : Blender Usage : Tips : Shroom Glossary

** It is a fact that some of the most advanced mushroom growing techniques for hobbyists are being developed by growers involved in the growing of psilocybe mushrooms. While these pages discuss techniques which may apply to some psilocybe species, there are many other species which can be grown with the same procedures. The content of these pages is not intended to encourage anyone to break the law.

By Nuecrew (Nuecrew) on Tuesday, November 06, 2001 - 01:07 am:

Second time using 9er Tek. Last 50% of growth was in the last 12 hours. Gonna re-case with fresh case mix after this first flush (per Nan). 9er Tek

By greenthumb (Greenthumb) on Tuesday, November 06, 2001 - 12:09 pm:

Is this cloned from that first batch?
(pics in mycoporn section, I can't seem to link to it)

By Nuecrew (Nuecrew) on Tuesday, November 06, 2001 - 02:23 pm:

(click)(some static) Uh...Thats a ROG Greenthumb....Affirmative on the clone from the first batch y'all saw....thats a..standard "PF" spore syringe I started with....over(click)

By plinkerdink420 (Plinkerdink420) on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 - 12:36 am:

so, let me get this straight.... you don't need any additional source of humidity in your terrarium other than what evaporates off of your casings.... is that an air pump going into the aquarium? peace

By Nuecrew (Nuecrew) on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 - 06:49 am:

The little string looking thing is a thermometer probe/ extension. I keep one of those oiled filled radiator style space heaters going in the bedroom 24/7 to keep the temp in the aquarium at around 75 degrees.( No line of sight with the heater or you'll dry out the grow chamber). And then my bed is nice and toasty being I don't sleep with anyone. The joys of celibacy.(seriously) You lightly mist the casing until the pins start. Then keep the top on just enough for a little fog on the glass with no drips after the shrooms start. This is only my second time doing 9er Tek and using the same old PF spore syringes I've been getting for over 8 years now. I would have done it long ago had I known. Si' se puede'!...Si' se puede! My relationship with anyone here goes no further than my computer. We've all seen the casualties of naivete'.

By Hatcher (Hatcher) on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 - 09:20 am:

Nue,that space heater gotta suck up some serious juice dude! Reptile-type under-tank-heaters run on pennies a day, and make 75 degrees easily obtainable. Zoo-Med rules, 30-40 ga. size(#RH-5) for a ten gallon tank, and I run them off their rheosats.(Obtained via eBay dirt cheap!..) Those are a luxury tho, just gotta space w/cardboard. And remember, when we burn our lights, we're really burning coal. Earth first!

By Nuecrew (Nuecrew) on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 - 02:14 pm:

The reptile heater..is it able to heat without any drying effect on the casing? The space heater does use some serious juice and I don't have money to burn. I've just found that during the Summer when the air in the room is warm the shrooms grow the best. I've been trying to mimick that effect. I will be buying a reptile heater soon. If it works...thanks for the earth savings!

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