Previous Tutorial: Spawn Production
Once your inoculated grain spawn
has reached 100% mycelial colonization, it is now time to spawn it to a bulk substrate, like our pre-pasteurized mushroom compost
. If you don't know how we got to this step, please read the previous tutorial.
Once the bag is completely colonized with mycelium (you should not be able to see any uncolonized grain), break the grain up with your hands through the outside of the bag. Make sure the grain gets broken up completely and thoroughly.
Once the grain bags are completely colonized with mycelium (you should not be able to see any uncolonized grain), it is time to prepare your MycoMix™
substrate and mix your colonized grain into it. The first step of this process is to accurately measure 53 fluid oz. (6.6 cups; 1567 mL) of clean water (store-bought spring water is recommended). Add the water to a heat-safe pot and place atop a stovetop burner. Adjust heat to HIGH.
While waiting for the water to reach a boil, open the bag of MycoMix™
and pour it into a bucket with lid
that is between two and five gallons in size.
Bring water to a rolling boil for one (1) minute.
Carefully remove the pot of boiling water from the stovetop and pour into the bucket containing the MycoMix™
. When pouring the water into the bucket, aim for the chunk of brown coco coir, as it is the most critical ingredient to hydrate.
After pouring the boiling water into the bucket, you should notice immediate expansion of the coir like seen in the picture above. IMMEDIATELY seal the bucket with the bucket lid. The contents will be very hot and the steam may partially break the seal of the lid. If this happens, let the steam vent for a few seconds then reseal the lid. Let the sealed bucket sit for 45 minutes.
After the MycoMix™
has sat in the sealed bucket for 45 minutes, put on a pair of plastic elbow gloves
and sanitize them with isopropyl alcohol or hand sanitizer
. Remove the lid from the bucket and place aside. Contents of bucket will be very hot. Quickly and thoroughly mix the contents of the bucket into a homogenous blend, making sure to breakup all chunks of coco coir and other ingredients. The most effective way to mix by hand is to repeatedly turn the contents from the bottom of the bucket to the top. Perform this step as quickly as possible then reseal the lid on the bucket.
Let the sealed bucket sit for four (4) hours.
Prepare your inflatable monotub
by inflating it, plugging the gas exchange holes with the provided red caps
, and lining the bottom with the provided plastic monotub liner
. Wipe down the inside of the monotub, the underside of the lid, and the plastic liner with isopropyl alcohol then put the lid on the tub to keep airborne contaminants out.
Break up both of the colonized grain bags with your hands through the outside of the bag. Make sure the grain gets broken up completely and thoroughly.
Cut off both bags of broken-up colonized grain
(the bags that you previously broke up) directly below the filter-patch with a clean pair of scissors.
Remove the lid from the bucket of blended MycoMix™
and pour the contents of both grain bags into the bucket. This step should be performed in a sanitized area with limited airflow (like a walk-in closet).
Put on a clean pair of the included elbow gloves and thoroughly mix the grain into the hydrated MycoMix™
Remove the lid from the monotub
and pour the contents of the bucket on to the plastic liner in the bottom of the tub.
After sanitizing your gloves with isopropyl alcohol or hand sanitizer
, use your gloved hands to level out the substrate across the bottom of the monotub into an even layer. Do not tamp or pat the substrate down.
Put the monotub in a dark place that will maintain a temperature between 75-81°F. Disturb the tub as little as possible during this time period and do not open it
until colonization is complete. It will take approximately 5-14 days for the substrate to completely colonize with mycelium (you will be able to tell if it has completed colonization when the substrate has turned completely white). Your substrate should look similar to the photo above.
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