Scratching the Cake

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By jared (Jared112) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 02:38 pm:

I just wanted to know that since my mycelium is maybe too dry on my cakes and maybe that's why it feels leathery and smooth. Should I try scratching it with a fork or knife or something? Wouldn't that make it grow back with a good outer coat?


By jared (Jared112) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 02:40 pm:

damn thing did not load up before, here is what the cakes look like.

By quote: (Quote) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 03:12 pm:

it looks and sounds perfectly normal.
you can try to stimulate pinning by lightly/gently scratching the surface,
but that will set the growth back a few days while the colony repairs the damage.
dunking would fix your complaint without setting the cake back.

By jared (Jared112) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 03:19 pm:

Ok cool, I don't know if I want to dunk before the 1st flush, but I was just upset that the mycelium was not suppose to look and feel that way, because I always thought it would be like cotton or something, and mine is like rubber, I could bounce my cakes off the floor. So quote I guess that they will start getting fuzzy again once they are ready to start fruiting?

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 03:47 pm:

they get fuzzy after you dunk em.

By Kaijan (Kaijan) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 09:27 pm:

they love dunks right after birthing.


By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 11:32 pm:

I also have better success dunking after birthing..

By Cbee (Cbee) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 12:09 am:

hwo about dunkin before birth? would this work? once 1 wk after 100% fill the jar with water before takin it out. leave in there for 6 hrs then birth? or shoul du remove the mycelium first? then put back in.. guess it wouldnt matter

By Nan (Nanook) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 12:34 am:

Birth the cake and clean off the dry verm before dunking. Verm in the dunk just makes a mess.

By jared (Jared112) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 12:48 am:

I dunked my cakes for 7 hours today, I hope that is enough. I had a hard ass time getting them out of the jars. Those damn tall 1/2 pint jars suck, I hate them now! anyway after almost destroying one of the cakes I got them out of the jars, then rinsed them off with water then wraped the cake up with toilet paper to dab it off. Then I put them back into the fruiting chamber... They look and feel the same as when I birthed them. How long is it suppose to take for them to get covered with white fuzz? a few days? The temp is at 67 degrees which sucks... my basement is always cold. I have the thermostat upstairs turned up to 78 and its still in the 60's in my room! Can anyone give me an estimate as to how long the cakes should take to fuzz up then pin then fruit by the information that I just gave you.

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 01:26 am:

you should see the cakes getting fuzzy in 3-4 days. you already had some pinning started, so you should see some real shroom growth over the next 10-14 days even at those temps, a little faster if you can get it a bit warmer.
and now you know why everyone sez the short jars are better.

By grubworm09 (Grubworm09) on Friday, December 07, 2001 - 06:51 pm:

i dunked and scored up a couple cakes that had no primordia on them at all, and within a couple days, i saw some fruiting and now they're exploding all over. anyone know why? i think it's maybe because of some sort of death reaction to negative stimulus. the scoring tricks the mycaelium into a near-death status that causes them to fruit in order to continue the species. any thoughts?

By ion ewe (Ion) on Friday, December 07, 2001 - 08:58 pm:

You may have just had a form of "matting" the cake surface. Sometimes the mycelium in a cake (because it is not cased) will form a thin network across the surface that is too dense to do anything with. Scratching it off is the same as exfoliating for people. It allows fresh growth, the "skin" to breathe, and correct moisture regulation. The idea of the reaction is a good one, though. It is always possible.


By grubworm09 (Grubworm09) on Sunday, December 09, 2001 - 01:34 am:

I think I like mine better.

By ion ewe (Ion) on Sunday, December 09, 2001 - 08:32 am:

So do I...


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