Rehydrating cakes with syringe?

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By Organism (Organism) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 06:12 am: The Nook

Instead of going to all the trouble of dunking and risking contamination, is it possible to inject sterile water at several points directly into the cake with a sterile syringe? Has anyone done this? Would casing with damp vermiculite be better? PF classic likes to fruit right off the mycelium though.. Thanx for input.

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 06:42 am: The Nook

You should dunk if you want to hydrate the cake. Its not good if you squirt water directly onto the cake. You should should just do the double end tek.

By Organism (Organism) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 06:54 am: The Nook

Well, I know it's not good to squirt water on the cake, I'm thinking injecting it into the cake. It's prolly a bad idea...I guess I'm affraid of dunking, it just seems radical and I've never done it.

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 06:59 am: The Nook

You shouldn't be worried about dunking nothing bad is going to happen. good luck :)

By Nan (Nanook) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 08:22 am: The Nook

True enough Kilborn. Injecting water has been done. I tried it, you can't get as much water in through injection as you can with 18 hours dunked. When I tried injections here water came beading back out the needle holes when I removed the needle.

By Liberty_Caps (Liberty_Caps) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 04:13 pm: The Nook

I tried injecting a cake once.
it dident work out to well, it just shot out of the side of the cake

By Dr. Cubesis III (Newbieshroomer) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 05:56 pm: The Nook

Wow, My buddy injected 6 half pints about a month ago, and not only did the cakes take half a syringe apiece without shooting out the side, but the flushes were VERY healthy and nice. That was before he discovered dunking tho. Since that first batch has not tried it since...

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 06:02 pm: The Nook

Wow I was pretty far off then, I was thinking that the cake wouldnt take in that much water. You got your post up before me Dr. Cubesis :) im just editing my post. You answered my question, how much did the cakes hold. THX DR. Psychic

By Nan (Nanook) on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 11:57 pm: The Nook

My cakes were very dry and compressed which is why I was trying to get fluids into them quickly with the syringe. The cake may have been too hard to make a good example.

By quote: (Quote) on Saturday, December 22, 2001 - 12:01 am: The Nook

i'm getting good results with my 'voodoo' tek, just filling the holes with water.
better than injection, less risky than dunking.

By Organism (Organism) on Saturday, December 22, 2001 - 06:27 pm: The Nook

YEA, Quote, I like that idea the best I think. Make a hole after birthing to serve as a water resevoir right? I've heard you can put a straw into the hole to support it and just fill it up as needed. think I'll try one out like this.

By quote: (Quote) on Sunday, December 23, 2001 - 03:15 pm: The Nook

make 2-3 holes for better results.

By Organism (Organism) on Monday, December 24, 2001 - 01:43 am: The Nook

cool, I will Quote. Should I use a bran new drill bit, or what?

By quote: (Quote) on Monday, December 24, 2001 - 03:39 am: The Nook

i doubt it matters much, you can flame it sterile if you want.
i use a 3/8" bit, and seems to get the best results with 3 holes about 1" deep, on the top, spaced equidistant, roughly.
the holes will eventually be overgrown with mycellia, just run the bit in a second and it's ready to use again.
i'd omit the straws, as they limit the area from which water can be absorbed, and just fill the holes every other day.