Is drilling holes a good way to get contams?

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By jared (Jared112) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 09:47 pm: The Nook

I just got done drilling holes in all 11 of my cakes with a drill bit that was sanatized with alcohol, then boiled in water for 10 minutes. I wanted to try and do the same basic thing that was done here with the 7 cakes. I noticed that the inner parts of the cake looked gray, not nearly the same color as the mycelium in the outer part of the cake. I just wanted to know if this is the way it is suppose to be.
drilled holes
I originally planned on doing the inner resivor TEK, but I got too excited when I was making my substrate jars, that I forgot to make the inner resivor, so I am guessing that this TEK is the same thing as that, except for the fact that there are holes in the cakes. Has anyone ever tried this before, and do you think my cakes will contam?

By Dr. Cubesis III (Newbieshroomer) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 11:10 pm: The Nook

Damn Jared, your poor cakes....

Can't ya just let them grow on thier own?
They will ya know....

I have no idea if you might have contaminated them, but you prolly shoulda boiled the drill bit first to be REALLY sure.

Good luck

By Nan (Nanook) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 11:38 pm: The Nook

It _was_ a clean bit. Nothing he can do now but follow up with the Tek.

By jared (Jared112) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 11:53 pm: The Nook

Ya didn't you read the part where I said that I wiped it down with alcohol then boiled it for 10 min. It was sterile, I just hope they decide to start growing soon. I can't stand it... All I care about in my life now is these shrooms. I don't care about school or anything. I have -$ in my bank account. therefore Everything is going to shit. I have to make this succeed, otherwise I'll have to start all over and i don't have the patience for that right now.

By Dr. Cubesis III (Newbieshroomer) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 12:36 am: The Nook

I hear ya jared,

My fault, all i read was the alcohol part, I apologize.

Which tek did you follow?
And how deep do you drill?

Just curious....

ANd as for just having shrooms in your life, I understand that. My life has gotten boring no matter what I do, My friends are lame, my girlfriend doesn't have her own hobbies, she shares whatever I do ( which is fine in the case of mushrooms, saves me work she can do ) My work life drudges on and I find myself spending my days on mushroom boards instead of working... For months now. Lucky thing I helped found the dot bomb I work for so I can get away with giving up and doing nothing. But, like I said my life is at a standstill, Most of what I think about are my mshies as well. All day long, and while I sleep.... Dunno why, I have yet to take a really good trip on them, haven't got rid of any, have no-one to show what i've done... They are just piling up, prolly ounces now, haven't bought a scale yet, don't really care to... I think half the fun is in the few days they fruit....

Anyway, don't be sucha downer jared, life has more to offer than $$$.....

Take care of yourself

By Brad (Raze) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 12:36 am: The Nook

Ever heard the expression, dont put all your eggs in one basket?
I would have done this to like half my cakes just in case

By Nugdumper (Nugdumper) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 12:55 am: The Nook

Jared, do you think shrooms are going to solve your money problem? Keep thinking that way and I gurantee you'll be thinking about more than your money problems soon. Remember man, it is easy to get caught up in one thing, especially when it is so much fun like our hobby. This game is dangerous though, be careful.

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 12:55 am: The Nook

or you can just get a job but we all know how fun that is thumbsdown.

By Patrick (Valence) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 02:24 am: The Nook

Jared, I have drilled a few of my cakes and they didn't contaim. I filled the holes with verm and watered them. Worked out fairly well but they eventually rotted. So after every flush, I would clean out the rotted verm and rice. Got a few more flushes from them after that. Now after I have done this, what would I do again. I would give them a few days. And then fill them loosely with verm but don't inject to much water in there. Say maybe 3cc's of water every other day. But you can't get the top around the whole wet any more because it will flow into the whole in the middle. If the cake was colonized
all the way through you shouldn't worry to much about contaims. AND lets keep this post strictly
to the cakes at hand PLEASE

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 05:41 am: The Nook

Cool thanks for the advice. And no the mushrooms are not going to solve my money problem, it would just suck because I've waited this long and if I fail I have no money to start over again. 11 isn't shit only enough for me and my friends , but anyway I guess I'll mention that in the last 6 weeks I've filled out over 20 job applications, and resume's and shit. basically nobody is hiring for shit around here. I don't give a shit though, my 'shrooms will keep me happy unless they get contamed.

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 05:43 am: The Nook

opps forgot to mention. I drilled about 4" into the cakes, about the whole width of the bit, probably about 80% through the cake. Why is that bad?

By quote: (Quote) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 01:51 pm: The Nook

you'll be ok, but i'd leave the hole empty of vermiculite and just add water. at least, that's how i'm doing it. i've got a few i'm experimenting with right now, trying to improve on the Inner Res. tec and so far so good. but i only drilled in an inch or two.

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 05:36 pm: The Nook

I fucked up on that one. but will the cakes rot if I feed them too much water? I gave them all 10-20cc yesterday. However much the cake would soak up I just kept on watering it. Now how much should I be giving them every day?

By quote: (Quote) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 05:56 pm: The Nook

well, assuming you didn't drill all the way thru where it's draining out the bottom, i'd only add water after the reservoir/hole has drained.
if your results are like mine, you can add a couple cc's every other day, but you can skip an extra day every now and then.

By jared (Jared112) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 06:40 pm: The Nook