Can mycelium be too wet?
Too much moisture can lead to a soggy substrate, mold, and standing water. Standing water encourages bacterial growth and mold, two things that compete with your mycelium. Although we want to keep our growing media moist, and may even soak it for a day at first, leaving it in standing water is just asking for trouble.
What does BRF cake stand for?
Product Description. Brown rice flour based mushroom substrate fully sterilized in easy to inoculate half pint jars. BRF jars are the perfect growing medium for almost any gourmet mushroom strain. Once your BRF jar is fully colonized you can then birth the cake to your desired fruiting chamber.
How do I know if my substrate is too wet?
Take some substrate with your hand, squeeze it and observe if any water is released through your fingers while squeezing. There are three different outcomes to this test: Water is running from your hand while squeezing the substrate: This means the substrate is too wet because too much water has been added.
What is Tek in mushroom growing?
The PF Tek is a technique that was originally developed to grow the psilocybin containing magic mushrooms (psilocybe cubensis) at home with common household items. Now it is often used for the cultivation of gourmet mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms.
How long does PF Tek take to colonize?
between 14 – 21 days
After inoculation it may take between 14 – 21 days for the substrate to finish colonising. Once colonised the BRF cakes can be fruited directly from for quickest results or incorporated with a bulk substrate for larger yields.
Can I harvest one mushroom at a time?
Experienced growers like Potter typically prefer to follow each mushroom individually, waiting for each to reach its full potential before harvesting them. Harvesting them all at once may save more time, but you’ll end up with a less bountiful or premature yield.
Are BRF cakes inferior to bulk cakes?
Many advanced growers think that this method is inferior to “bulk” methods (although this is debated, and some shroomery mavens still claim that BRF cakes hold their own against bulk methods).
What is the difference between VERM and fine VERM for baking cakes?
First mix the verm with the water. As RR mentions here, fine verm is superior because it holds more volume per volume and is better as a dry filter layer (see jar preparation below), and it is certainly better for the dunk and roll (covering the cakes before fruiting – see below).
Why do my cakes shrink after colonization?
The idea is to let the mycelium consolidate its hold on the substrate, which allows for more vigorous fruiting later when the cake is placed in fruiting conditions (that is, in the FC – see fruiting section below). Sometimes the cakes shrink towards the end of colonization, drawing away from the sides of the jar – that is normal.