Potassium Chloride?

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By ggg (Ggg) on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 08:45 pm:

Or at least thats what I remember it as.
I use this in pellet form in my water softener.
Is this bad for fungal growth?
I don't grow and my buddy has city water so he uses bottled to grow with.
Any Ideas?

By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 09:58 pm:

I use city water and I have also used bottled water. Honestly I haven't noticed a difference, and my water definately tastes like a pool.

= )

By Kman (Kman) on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - 01:29 am:

I just use tap water for everything! I started out using bottled water, but since moving to tap water I have seen no differance and I have had no contam at all.

By Dr. Cubensis (Shroomzilla) on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - 03:18 am:


tap water is all right... Don't use it in the cooker cause it causes residue, don't use it in the substrate mix because My friend wants COMPLETELY clean shrooms. Same for dunking.

Prolly doesn't matter, a personal choice :)

By Chronic007 (Chronic007) on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - 04:33 am:

ya I use tap for everything from cooker to substrate. Used to use bottle water but haven't noticed a difference so why change?

By nuecrew (Nue) on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 - 09:23 am:

I fill a 5 gal. jug at the store with the pure stuff for my shrooms. I've been using it for coffee, cooking, drinking. I've also been eating more brown rice lately.

By Imok Urok2 (Imok) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 05:21 am:

I think it was Sixty-Minutes did an expose of the
bottled water industry.
They found workers at the plant filling up
bottles from the tap.
No processing, no filtering, no "natural" (how
can water be otherwise) spring water.
Even rain has impurities in it from the dust
motes it is created from.

Snoopy, if it tastes like a pool (prob chlorine)
just let a full jug sit with the top loose for
approx a day (unless you like the taste) and the
chemical will evaporate.
Hope this helps :)

By UnkyHerb (Notapplicable) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 03:21 pm:

I disagree. Once I switched to Distilled water my shrooms are bigger, look healthier and after 2 months(2 flushes) of the same vermiculite on the bottom of my terranium, with cakes on top, no contams. I can definetly tell a difference, and won't go back to tap water. Colonization seems to be a bit faster too ;) A gallon of distilled water is 60 cents at walmart, why not?

By quote: (Quote) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 03:25 pm:

you don't want water softner though, better to use bottled if that's all you got.
some tap water is good, some isn't.
depends on where you live.

By ggg (Ggg) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 04:15 pm:

There are some minerals in all water other than distilled right?
I was more concerned witht the high concentration of salt/potasium chlorite that a water softener could put in the mix. I would imagine that well water with high concentrations of sulfur are bad to harness as well????
I would just use distilled I guess If given a choice..

By quote: (Quote) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 04:19 pm:

no, spring water is better than distilled in most cases. use distilled when making syringes, spring water for everything else.
distilled water is so barren of minerals it actually steals them from whatever it comes into contact with, such as your babies.

By Dr. Cubensis (Shroomzilla) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 05:07 pm:

" use distilled when making syringes, spring water for everything else. "

Ok, storing that in the mental archives......

By Scotsman (Barrowland) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 07:04 pm:

If i sterelise a syringe in water and have it wrapped in tinfoil then put it in a draft free box will it stay sterile for a few weeks or will i have to boil it again , its for making spore syringes.

By quote: (Quote) on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 11:52 pm:

it should stay sterile indefinitly, until it comes into contact with germs.

By Shroomscience (Shroomscience) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001

About 7 days ago I inoculated 5 jars utilizing the maximum fruiting recipe and pretty much classic PF Tek. My only possible "mistakes" were that I probably tamped the substrate down too much on a few of the jars making them excessively packed (pressed against the glass of the jar). I also, believing my growth would be accelerated, used a good bit more spore solution in each jar (about 3cc per jar). My question is this...I have average mycellium growth in one jar, poor to decent in another (the two loosest) and almost none in the others. I believe, given the tightness of the substrate, my spore solution did not get a real good chance of permeating to the bottom as well. Should I give up on the slow to no growth jars or is there hope for them over time? I see no signs of contams so I am hoping they dont have to be scrapped but I could really use some advice right now.

By H4e2m0p (H4e2m0p) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 08:18 pm:

i did this my first time as well, now i use the standard fruiting formula for jars. The max formula is just too slow and wet for me. but since it has only been 7 days, your being a little impatient... give it about a week more before you give up on them, the max fruiting fomula is just slower.

i had jars that i inoculated from my own syringe made from a print of mazatapec cubes, that took 3 months to fully colonize, and never went on to fruit. they had alot of yellowing from water damage. not a single shroom. a real bummer for your first time, but from then on i was hooked.

By H4e2m0p (H4e2m0p) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 08:19 pm:

also, use less spore solution, 3cc's wont give you more fruiting, just more strains of mycelum fighting over the same substrate.

By Cyrusbarnaby (Cyrusbarnaby) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 08:42

To avoid sloppiness, just use the max. fruiting formula, except include only 30-35 milliliters of water per jar. I aim for about thirty-two. And don't use city water. Use bottled water processed via reverse osmosis (most bottled water seems to be done this way) or use a natural source like lake or rain water per Quote's advice.

By Quote (Quote) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 08:47 pm:

don't use distilled, it lacks minerals.
if you must use bottled, get spring water.