|By Oldtimer (Oldtimer) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 02:24 pm:|
1. Slice fully colonized cakes into 1/4" to 1/2" wafers.
2. Place wafers side by side onto a 1/2" layer of moist (not soaking wet) vermiculite in a dark (opaque) pan or tray. Completely cover the bottom of the tray with wafers.
3. Cover wafers with a 1/2" layer of good pastuerized casing material (I use straight peat with a little lime to adjust the pH) that is slightly moistened.
4. Cover trays with a greenhouse type lid or just cover with saran wrap and leave alone in a semi dark place at around 70-75 degrees F.
5. When you see the casing layer being grown over with mycelium scratch the surface gently with a fork and start fanning a few times per day while misting lightly with a mist bottle. If possible, drop the temp a few degrees to stimulate pinning...
You should see an amazing amount of pins forming from each wafer shortly after misting starts. Keep humidity in casing level as even as possible until carpophores are fully developed...
This method works really well and usually produces many more mushrooms than nursing whole cakes to fruition. Try it and see for yourself...
|By Oldtimer (Oldtimer) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 06:57 am:|
The above pic is of a tray made from ONE 1/2 pint PF Cake... More surface area makes for more shrooms...
Make up about a dozen trays like this and I guarantee you'll have all the fruits you can handle in a very short time... Also works well for continuous production...
|By An guy (Boomer) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 08:09 am:|
well knock me down and call me slappy- man, that's a hell of a deal!
I'm gonna try it and that's a fact!
Where might one get hold of trays like that?
and thanks for the reply- what a doozy!
|By monkeyod (Monkeyod) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 04:04 pm:|
Who was that masked man?
|By Liberty_Caps (Liberty_Caps) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 11:01 pm:|
that pic is mouth-watering
and now I really wanna try this waffer tek
but where would one find these supplies you speak of????
"3. Cover wafers with a 1/2" layer of good pastuerized casing material (I use straight peat with a little lime to adjust the pH) that is slightly moistened"
|By Oldtimer (Oldtimer) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 11:39 pm:|
You should be able to buy peat (aka peat moss) at any home & garden center. I find the Canadian peat to be clean and free of wood, sand, etc.
The trays are not critical... use whatever you have handy... I've been using the disposable aluminum trays with lids that can be found at any grocery store... they're cheap and you don't have to clean 'em up afterwards... just pitch 'em in the trash...
Lime can also be found at the friendly grocers under "pickling" supplies....
Good luck to you and happy growing...
|By Liberty_Caps (Liberty_Caps) on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 01:44 am:|
thanx alot oldtimer
I'll be takeing a trip to the grocery store tommrow then... thanx again
|By An guy (Boomer) on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 02:04 am:|
Aye rat, that's some fantastic yield there.
In my book, you're now right up there with Hannibal Lector....
|By An guy (Boomer) on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 05:19 am:|
The primo 'skimo on Lime
(oops, lots more good folk in that thread with good info, not just nooks)