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By Chris (Stuckonk) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 07:24 pm:

I have a coco fiber casing that is colonizing in the dark. It is a pf style cake fully colonized and broke it up into a tupperware casing of verm on the bottom and cocofiber on the top. I have heard of people scratching the top coco with a fork after a few days in to the week. is there any benifit to this?

By jared (Jared112) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 09:01 pm:

Yes there are lots of benifits to this, a few of them are you are giving the mycelium some air, and you are making it easier for it to grow and spread faster... There are some other benifits, but I don't know them as I have never cased before.

By Mrt (Mrt) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 07:45 am:

Scratching your casing layer is really only beneficial if you have overlay. Unless you are having problems with pinning, I would suggest leaving it alone.

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 08:44 am:

Mrt is correct.

Just wait until the casing layer is about 50% colonized and then initiate pinning.

Scratching should be considered a last resort(in case of overlay or no pinning).

By quote: (Quote) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 03:02 pm:

very true.
the bad thing about scratching, apart from the time delay while the mycellia recovers, is that any hidden contams are mixed into the substrate, only to spred even faster.

By Saney on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 04:43 am:

Do I deep scratch once mycelium pokes throuigh the casing, or after it colonizes the whole thing? By the way, My cakes are pinning.. Looks good. Thanks Myco!! Peace.

By Mushy (Mushy) on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 02:50 pm:

Saney, from what I have read and experienced, you don't need to scratch unless you get too much myc growth in your casing. This is called matting and you know you've got it if you water and the water doesn't soak in.

Use a fork to pierce or scratch deep in the casing, all the way to the substrate. This will allow for gas/moisture exchange to the myc and should initiate pinning.

This is NOT something you should do everytime you are trying to fruit - only when your casing layer is over colonized from excessive vegetative growth.

By Vitticeps (Vitticeps) on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 04:22 pm:

Matting is easy to spot too, looks like a sheet of mycelium over the topof the casing. It is a thin layer of solid mycelium and will prevent moisture from being absorbed into the casing material as Mushy said.