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I just read your older post, The perlite stocking idea, I was wondering if you still do it this way or have you come up with a better way? I an about a year into growing and I will be making my own cakes for the first time and am looking for other ways to grow maybe a larger yield crop. I am using the brown rice flower and vermiculite in mason jars. then pressure cooker to sterilize.
Last time I used it, I had to much water and effectively drowned my pods. I did some reading, and it says they should be separate from the core of the water a bit. So not saturated, but more a hydrated atmosphere. I also think I had a bacteria in my grow container, so have binned it and going to start again later this year.
What I liked about it, was that none of the perlite ever stuck to the shrooms as they grew. It made a nice barrier, and was easy to clean up, rinse and use again. So I'm going to give it another go in the next crop.
There is information out there about doing larger crops, and getting away from jars. I think Shroomery has some info on this. I'd like to get away from using jars too. It makes sense to me to have a container where the bed of the container is the grow material, and the shrooms grow as if they were coming out of the ground. Need to do more research though. I think it's more involved.
I hope everything is going well with your friend, Best of luck to you.
I am trying something a little different every time I start a new grow. This is only my third time. I am chronic so I have not yet busted to PF days but things are getting better. I will let you know how I make out with this grow and maybe we can bounce ideas around and come up with something that works. I have read alot on shroomery and here on this site and it has worked well for me so far.
Yes, please do keep in touch. I'd like to know how you get on. I kinda drift in and out of the forum, so if you want to reach me direct best use my email - firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm not going to attempt another grow until my friend is no longer in need of my support, sadly that is probably only 2-3 months away. But, we have a number of carers coming in on a daily basis, and I wouldn't feel right growing shrooms here, and there is no way I would be able to bust anyway. So will resume that project later this year.
I'm also chronic. Have had clusters all year 'round since they started Jan 2007. At my worst, I was getting 5 a day every 2-3 days. That's when I started busting. I now get 1 or 2 a month, and they normally last less than a minute, maybe stretching to 5 minutes. A really bad, horrific one, will be 15-20 minutes, and maybe a KIP 6, max. I get maybe 2 or 3 of those a year.