Small Wheat Straw Cake Prep TEK,

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Small Wheat Straw Cake Preparation:


Below is a list of all the items you will need to carry out this procedure:

Spawned Wheat Straw
7 half-pint canning jars w/ lids
A bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
A paper towel
A drinking glass

Note: The following items pictured above are not required for this TEK:

Jar of Grain Spawn
Large Glass Bowl

Initial Preparation:

Before we begin; it's always a good idea to wash your hands and clean the work space that you will be working in before you get started. I recommend saturating a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wiping your hands down thoroughly with it, paying close attention to your finger tips and nails where dirt can be easily trapped.


Start by saturating the paper towel with alcohol, like so:

Using the alcohol-saturated towel; wipe the glass jar clean (starting on the inside and continuing to the outside), like so:

Once the jar has had a moment to dry; it's time to begin adding the straw to it. Working over the bag of straw; start by adding a very large handful, like so:

After a large handful of straw is added; using both of your thumbs and working around the jar in a circular manner; press firmly down on the straw in order to compact it, like so:

Continue repeating this procedure of adding straw to the jar and compacting it with your hands, like so:

You'd be suprised at how much one of these half-pint jars can hold when you pack the #### out of one! Note: A drinking glass can also be used to compress the straw down into the jar. (I prefer using my hands)

Continue adding and packing the straw until you end up over-filling the jar with straw to the point that it can't possible hold anymore. Now, it's time to add the lid to the jar. To do this, you will want to apply a lot of pressure to the lid as you tighten it to a close. (see pic below)

After the lid is tightened onto the jar, it's time to wipe it clean with the alcohol-saturated towel like so:

That's it! Just repeat the process until all the jars are filled, like so:

Once all the jars are filled and cleaned, they are now ready to be placed back into the incubation chamber so the mycelium can colonize them in preparation for the pinning/fruiting stage.

Note: It's a good idea to shake the bag of straw and grain spawn up after each jar is prepared to help re-distribute the grain kernals back into the straw because the grain tends to fall thru to the bottom of the pile as it gets handled.

To see a TEK for constructing an inexpensive incubation chamber required for the colonization or vegetation phase, follow the link below:

Incubation Chamber TEK

Edited by Mycotek on Dec. 20 2001,10:12