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How to Grow Mushies?

Discussion in 'Seasoned Marijuana Users' started by Chronic420, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Well i pretty much got the basic idea good soil cow shit what ever but any one got a page or site that explains the what to's and what not's? i remember seeing some thing like a kit ona site or some thin not sure.
  2. search... its under the grasscity sign on the far right...
  3. go to and find out how to identify shrooms and go shroom huntin, never heard of anyone having controlled outdoor shrooms growing, grain fed cow shits a plus. youll have a better chance lookin for it in a pasture or buying a kit.
  4. If you really want to learn, go to the shroomery, then search for The PF Tek, that's almost everything you need to know....

    for future reference, search button would have answered this question
  5. Lol yea sorry guys been gone a while forgot all about the *search button of God* lol But damn do i want some shrooms :( lol
  6. For one ½ pint jar(~240 ml) you will need:
    1. => 140 ml vermiculite
    => 40 ml brown rice flour
    => some vermiculite to fill the jar to the top (app. 20 ml)
    => water
    ½pt(pint) = 1 cup = 236ml(mililiter) = 236cc(cubic centimeter) = 1/4 qt(quart)
    The cups, pints and quarts are in the US liquid measuring system
    Put the required amount of vermiculite for all the jars of one batch (for instance 6 jars: 6 x 140 ml = 840 ml ) in a bowl.

    Pour water slowly over the vermiculite while stirring with a spoon.
    Be careful to only put that much water in as it can be absorbed by the vermiculite. Stir it well so all the vermiculite is uniformly soaked with water.

    When you tilt the bowl you should see just a little water starting coming from the vermiculite.
    This is when the correct water content is achieved.

    Now put the required amount of the BRF (for instance 6 x 40 ml = 240 ml) into the wet vermiculite at once and mix it in with the spoon. The goal is to uniformly coat the wet vermiculite particles with a layer of BRF.

    Fill the mixture in jars ½ inch (1cm) under the top. it's very important to fill the substrate in the jars without tapping it down at all. It should stay very airy and loose to provide optimum conditions for the growth of mycelium.
    Be careful not to leave any substrate on the upper edge of the jar. If you weren't carefull enough and there are some substrate specks at the edge take a clean moist cloth and wipe the upper portion of the jar clean. Otherwise contaminants can start at those spots and work their way down into the jar.

    Fill up the jar with dry vermiculite to the top.
    This layer hinders airborne contaminats reaching the underlaying substrate in case they manage to come in during the inoculation and incubation.

    Take a 5inch(12cm) wide stripe of aluminium foil and fold it in the middle.
    Put the foil over the opening of the jar as shown in the pictures.
    If you're using jars with metal lids, you can poke 4 holes at the very edge of each lid with a small nail and hammer and screw the lid on. The holes should be slightly bigger than the diameter of the syringe needle.

    Fold the foil edges up and press them together so you get a nice aluminium foil lid.

    Then take a piece of foil measuring 5in x 5in in and put it over the first two layers (respectively the metal lid if yoúre using lids) leaving the edges of the foil reaching down, since it has to be lifted again during the inoculation.
    So now you have 3 layers of foil over the opening, only the upper layer is lifted during the inoculation.

    Pour approximately 1inch (2.5cm) of water into the pressure cooker, don't put in too much water otherwise it will come into the jars and alter their water content.
    Then stack the jars into the pressure cooker. The use of a rack to keep the jars from directly touching the bottom of the cooker is strongly recomended.
    Put the lid on and bring the cooker to the required pressure (15 psi = 1atm over atmospheric pressure) slowly over a period of 15 minutes on a medium flame.
    If you heat the cooker too fast this can cause the jars to crack.
    As soon as the steam begins to escape the rocker or the vent at the top of the pressure cooker turn the heat back so only a very small, steady steam flow persists from the vent. From this point on, pressure cook for 45 minutes.
    Depending on the pressure cooker model the cooking procedure works a bit different so if yoúre not familiar with pressure cooking consult the instruction manual or someone who used pressure cookers before.
    After 45 min take the cooker from the flame and let cool for at least 5 hours or even better over night.
    If you are unable to find or buy a pressure cooker, you can also sterilize the jars using a big pot with a lid.
    In this case steam the jars for 1.5 hours in a pot lid on. Use only approximately 1 inch of water at the bottom.
    You might have to add some water to the pot during steaming due to evaporation.

    If you never have used a pressure cooker before check out this document about the correct pressure cooker use.

    Inoculation "TYPE=PICT;ALT=AndenAnfang"
    After the cooker is cold to the touch take the jars out and place them on a clean surface, have an alcohol lamp or a lighter and the spore syringe ready. Shake the spore syringe to break up the spore clumps.

    To be able to shake it it's necessary that there is a small bubble of air in the syringe.If this is not the case, then you can suck approximately 1cc of sterile air into the syringe by placing the tip of the needle into the flame and slowly pulling the plunger back.

    Loosen the foil from all of the jars so it can be lifted easily when you inoculate.

    Take the cover from the needle and heat it over the flame until glowing red. Let cool for a few seconds.

    Take the upper foil layer off and put aside upside down.

    Pierce the foil at the edge of the jar with the needle app. 1in(2.5cm) deep and inject the spore suspension towards the inner jar surface. You should see a small drop running down the inner surface of the jar towards the bottom. Each jar is inoculated on 4 equaly spaced points. You should use 1 - 1.5 ml of the spore suspension per jar so one 10ml syringe is sufficiant for 6 -10 jars.

    Put the foil on again. Flame sterilize the needle again after inoculating 2 jars to prevent cross contamination just in case a jar wasńt properly sterilized.
    When all of the jars are inoculated fold the foil edges up and press them firmly together so you get a nice aluminium foil lid. Write the inoculation date and the species/strain information on the foil with an all surface felt tip pen. If you touch something other with the needle during the inoculation procedure except the inner foil surface immediately flame sterilize the tip again..

    Incubation "TYPE=PICT;ALT=AndenAnfang"

    The jars should be stored at 21-27C (70-80F), the warmer the better, but not exceeding 27C. If yoúre unable to provide these temperatures you can build an incubator.
    Providing the jars are kept warm you should see the first sign of germination after 3-5 days as bright white specks. This is mycelium. If anything grows that is not white, for instance green, black or pink, then the jars are contaminated and their content must be discarded and your clean procedures need some improvement. After the jars are emptied and the jar is washed with detergent and hot water it can be used again.
    Check the Shroomery Contamination FAQ for more information on possible contaminations in mushroom culture.

    Dependent on the temperature it takes 14-25 days for the mycelium to colonize the whole substrate. After this is accomplished store the jars at normal room tempereature, about 21C (70F).
    don't expose the jars to direct sunlight, indirect sunlight or a low wattage lamp at least a few hours a day is sufficient.

    Within 5-10 days (with certain mushroom strains it can however take up to 30 days) pinhead-size accumulations of mycelium should form. These so called pins represent the beginning of mushroom growth. In the following days also small mushrooms with brown heads become visible. When this is the case it's time to birth the cake into the fruiting container where the mushrooms can develop to maturity.
    Some strains don't easily develop pins. In this case put the colonized jar wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge over night and birth next day, even if the cake doesńt show pins. This cold shocking usually helps triggering pinning.

    an excerpt from the pf tek
  7. ...Dread scare me some times ... lol thats alot to under stand lol
  8. lol, when you love something you tend to know it :) pf tek
  9. Chronic, if you think thats hard to understand, then wait til you get into casing, different substrates, different terrariums, it can get intense.

    Seriously though, read up on You may want an instant gratification answer on here, but chances are you aren't going to get it, and you're going to have to put something into this if you want something out. You can never get something for nothing.

    Good luck if you decide to pursue it. :D
  10. like he said ^^^ that was the most basic tek and not the biggest producer, but it will get you shrooms, it does get more complicated with different substrates and teks. best thing to do is read up.
  11. Once you get into growing, I gurantee you'll have the PF Tek memorised, its the ultimate starter tek, and the only think you need that cost any big money is a pressure cooker, which you can pick up at a garage sale or ebay for <$30
  12. and if you cant get a pressure cooker, you can always use a crab pot
  13. No no no no lol ok this is just way to far out My league i mean damn you guys are operating on a hole diffrent drug bases lol i learn a little bit about what im doing just to know how safe it is but not like that...not like that...*movie quote* lol but if one of you guys can build me one and ship it in a teddy bear that would be great lol
  14. lol, see ya in the cow fields :D
  15. ^^^

    If I see you, or anyone for that matter, I'm running. :D
  16. myg mushbox simple as that
  17. Thats gonna be your mistake, you got to be willing to learn.

    Do it right or dont do it at all.

    My advice is follow the pf tec EXACTLY.
    Dont substitute for anything, Follow it like your cooking something and nothing can go wrong.
    Dont think your grow cant get contaminated either, it happens way easier then you think.

    Im no master at growing by any means, I have only grew shrooms one time and it was a failure, it got completely contaminated.

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