Well, since he's been MIA, i'll provide what I can.OP! CHOEMPI!! I have a TON of questions to ask you, so please respond so that I know you are still here!
I've done the legendary PF tek BRF jars last year, only yielding a minute amount (26g dry).
I know my stuff when it comes to science, I am a bio major at a university and mushrooms are my thing now. My buddy and I are teaming up to do bulk and I have some very specific questions I need you to answer!
Q1: I see how you pasteurize your sub, hot boiling water. My question is, what is your ratio of hpoo, verm, coir and do you use gypsum?
Q2: according to your tek, you do a sequence of grain and substrate to a T that ensures quality growth. What is the difference of substrate and a casing?
Q3: I'm confused on the part about when "fruiting" should begin. You don't go into much detail about this, but I'm wondering, after you stick it all in your tub, holes in it and everything... And the 10 days go by.... Please describe to me what I must do WHEN the 10 days are up. It sounds like I take it out of the garbage bag to let FAE occur and then proceed to let pinning set..... But I'm confused about this. Maybe I just need someone to better explain what happens after those 10 days are up.
The answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated if you could respond back... I know how busy you are tripping on shrooms and whatnot....
#1 Mason jars in boiling water, 1 hour or so. U want the temp to be 150-160 not much higher or u can kill goodies. The ratio I've been using is 25% coir, 20% verm, 7.5% gypsum, 55% hpoo. Gypsum is like food to them, helps build their walls. You want to get it as fine as possible (powder ideally), required being ordered from the net for me.
#2 Substrate is a nutritious layer you want to be fully colonized with myc. Some strains require a casing to fruit, which is basically a non nutritious layer you do not want colonized, its purpose is to cover the myc and simulate the surface of the earth basically. For most cubensis its not needed, in fact i've never cased.
#3 Fruiting should occur once the myc has fully taken over the substrate. I usually wait an extra day or so just to ensure, but that is when you should induce 12/12 lighting, and start FAE. Put your poly fill in the sides and fan once a day maybe (kinda optional imo). This is what will trigger the fruiting, the myc basically thinks it has reached the surface of the earth with the change in CO2 levels and the light, and boom, fruit in a week or so.
Yes smaller tubs would be best. You could attempt with less grain, but it will colonize slow thus increasing risk of contams and the possibility it will run dry on water faster causing a smaller harvest. I use 4-5 quarts of spawn for 13.5 quarts of substrate personally.I have a question. What if i do not have 6 qrts of substrate and lets say two or three. Should i just cut the amount used to half or whatever the ration is in a smaller tub or can i still do it just colonizing my bulk subtrate at a slower rate