Dunked cakes HELP!!!!!!

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By onediadem (Onediadem) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 02:24 am: The Nook

Ok, so I've dunked my cakes. When I took them out of their jars, before dunking, they had the typical mushroom smell, were pristine white, after dunking, they smell a little ripe. Whats up with this? are they doomed now? Have a cidery kinda smell. I went ahead and put em in a terrerium. I cant get my temps right to do the chronic tek right now. What should I do? toss em, or see if they recover? I dunked them for 12 hrs, in spring water.

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 03:05 am: The Nook

Well PJ.... I have never killed any cakes by dunking in water, and I've done it with lots of cakes for longer than 12 hours too.

The only time I've ever run into any problems is when I dunked with milk.

On the other hand, any smell other than the usual shroomy ahhhhhhh is not good.

Maybee your substrate was real wet and now the cakes are a bit water-logged.

I'd suggest lots of fanning in a good sized terrrarium to see if they don't recover after a few days... and hold off on the double ended casing for now.

A little hand misting in the terrarium during the "recovery" would be good, but perlite might be too wet at first.

You'll know within a couple of days whether they are gonna make it or not.

Good luck.

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 03:35 am: The Nook

Grrrrrrr. What a bummer. Ok, I scraped the casing off the cakes. I guess I just need to wait see now. BUMMER. I hope they recover. will let ya know.
Thanks Brettie,

By Nan (Nanook) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 04:53 am: The Nook

Did you dunk in the fridge? Did you use clean jars and dunk individually? Did you use purified water? Contams After Dunking

If you answer yes, yes, yes, it is doubtfull that a freshly birthed cake is going to sour up and contam on you. Much less a whole batch of cakes.

Second flush cakes... Clean them good and rinse them before dunking... You should still look good.

Sometimes the cakes change odor, color, for a day or three. Give them air, keep them clean. You should be OK Pam.


By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 05:16 am: The Nook

....... and once they "perk-up", go ahead and re-apply that double ended casing.

By quote: (Quote) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 02:56 pm: The Nook

they should be ok, the smell i've noticed b4, think it's prolly bacteria growing in the dunk water, the cake should fight it off ok.
did you refridgerate during the dunk ?

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 05:18 pm: The Nook

No, i didnt put them in the fridge I
guess I blew that one.
The water was very cold tho, out of my spring. I guess i should just wait.
I also dunked them in two big zip locks together. My fridge has a tendancy of freezing everything. What a dummy.
Will let ya know. Today they dont smell as bad, and seem to be fluffin up a bit, soooooo, live and learn.
Thanks everyone

By Abbyite (Isaac) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 07:59 pm: The Nook

Hi guys,
One- I hope your cakes continue to get better, good luck!

Everyone else- I have a question about water used in dunking. I'm pretty convinced that natural (spring, lake, swamp, etc.) water is the best because everyone says it has nutrients and organic material that helps the mushrooms, as opposed to the "dead" distilled water. So, do you boil the natural water before use, to sterilize it, or just use as is? Thanks for your help.
your bud,

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 09:44 pm: The Nook

Using that stuff in your substrate is good, but I'd stick with the distilled water for dunking.

But if you are gonna use pond water, I'd p.c. it for an hour first.

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Monday, February 11, 2002 - 02:58 am: The Nook

Ok, today, they smell of mushrooms, not foot and ass. Nice and fluffy. Think theyre ok now?

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Monday, February 11, 2002 - 03:07 am: The Nook


Sounds like your ready to rock.

Just nurture them as you normaly would.

I guess the lesson is, Dunk in the fridge.

Not too painful a lesson at that.