If you want to learn how to grow mushrooms in bulk, that is cost effective, and easy, then this is the tek for you!
This technique is nothing new, it has been used by mushroom cultivators for a long time. It is one of the simplest bulk applications that there is, and is great for anyone who wants to learn how to grow shrooms. I hope that this information will expand your mind as much as it has mine, for many years to come. Lets start with the basics:
- Things you will need:
- Spores for your mushrooms (buy these from sporeology for quality spores from a trustworthy source!!)
- Quart sized mason jars about $9 at wal mart for 12 (I recommend 24 jars to start)
- 6 quart "shoe boxes" tubs $1 at wal mart (2 tubs for each tub set up)
- Pennington Classic Wild Bird Seed (or similar) about $8 at wal mart
- 5 gallon bucket with lid
- Pressure cooker (at least 16qt PC)
- Tyvek Envelopes from the post office FOR FREE
- Micropore Tape (cloth medical tape)
- Butane Lighter
- 70% rubbing alcohol
- Coco coir (sold at pet stores that sell reptiles DO NOT GET THE MULCH KIND)
- face mask
- aluminum foil
- COARSE grade vermiculite
- spent coffee grounds
- Silicone or RTV high temp silicone
- pot to boil 1 gallon of water in
- STERILE TECHNIQUE
I will first touch base on sterile technique. i wont go all out with explanations and steps, as its all pretty much common sense. I will say, dont be a freak about it, or mix chemicals and burn your face off. Fumes are bad mmkay? However, This is an important step that should be considered as part of every step of this tek. Some steps require less sterile technique than others, sure, and you will learn that as you get things down, but for now lets say its mandatory for success that you observe sterile technique through all of your procedures until you do. Contaminants to the mushroom culture are public enemy number 1! These contaminants are competitor molds and bacteria that can and will overtake the mycelium that you are attempting to cultivate, if proper sterile technique is not observed. That is not to say that you will have a 100% contam free experience every time you cultivate mushrooms.. Contams happen to even the best of us. So some basic sanitation procedures:
- First understand that you, as a human, are a walking, breathing, contaminant to your mushroom culture. You must take precautions to sanitize yourself. Before doing any work that requires extreme observance of sterile technique, take a shower, brush your teeth, and use antiseptic mouthwash. Put on freshly laundered clothes, if you are going to wear clothes at all.
- All work areas must be clean! Clean surfaces with 1:10 bleach to water solution, rubbing alcohol, Lysol, oust, or any other product that kills molds AND bacteria! Sanitize the air with Lysol, oust, rubbing alcohol, etc.
- Wipe all tools etc with 70% alcohol before each use, and that means right after you use them too
- Wear protective gear like gloves, and dust masks.
That said... Use common sense!