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after harvesting some blocks 4 days ago. they are bubbling up and starting to fruiting again.

i did give them several wet downs with a spray bottle over this time.

wow, becoming my favourite mushroom to grow.

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here is a bag.

reishi

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had to post this one.

now I know why some people dry these out and use as ornaments.

reishi

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wow! Hey does the mycelium of these guys exude lots of yellow mycelium piss on agar? I got this new SRA strain last week that seems to ooze it at crazy rates and I wonder whether its a good sign or a sign it isnt even an SRA

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pure white mycelium no piss. got to be the strongest mycelium I have experienced.

got to keep the grain jars well shaken and not over incubated or they may never

come out :BANGHEAD2:

I know very little of SRA. myc piss on agar? never seen as yet, over done jars, yes.

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Yellow piss = exudate.

Orange for oysters

Dark brown for shiitake

Black for auricularia.

I've never seen it on agar either but I have seen Agrocybe, shiitake and morel cultures drastically change mycelium colour with age.

Those reishi antlers are incredible! What temp are these fruiting at?

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Damn have i been missing some action.

lindsay that is so damn impressive. Dont bother about the cost it will pay for itself.

keep up the good work.

Worowa, curious about these cultures.

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I was getting a dark yellow exudate towards the end of a blocks life off the reishi strain Punkin was putting out a while back. It was aggressive as on eucalypt sawdust/chip.

Never did it on agar though.

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No nothing I have ever owned as done it on agar before. Interesting. SRA certainly pisses on grain and saw dust though so who knows.

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This is the second time I've heard of the drying of fungi for ornamental purposes. Do the reishi maintain their colour when dry,would they take some kind of varnish?

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NSF, got the fruiting temp set at 24c. come think of it, its be the same for the

grain and the colonisation of the blocks. except for when I checked one day

and the temp had climbed to 27c because of thermogenesis. had to open the

door of the incubator a bit for a day or two.

yes Nut i think the conks would make better specimens, than the antler form.

the antlers seem to wrinkle a bit. But i have been slicing them up to dry, so

they can easily be chopped in a coffee grinder. I will try a whole bit next time.

they do darken to the colour of dry chilli's and the tips stay white.

The impression i get is that peoples in the east keep specimens for there

shamanistic quality's.

here is a great talk on reishi. Now this guy has done his homework on the

health benefits of reishi, He talks about the benefits, physical and spiritual.

what reishi product is best to buy, and how it works and other stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm33bzTa8u4

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I was glad to see the end of the last reishi grow. it was looking like a red dust storm

had blown through the grow room, with all the spores covering everything.

these are the last of fruits ready to be sliced for drying.

reishi ready to dry

go 2 little experiments happening. reishi on straw and reishi on un-supplemented
sawdust blocks.
here are the straw logs. inoculated with 50/50 sawdust and grain spawn.
when the filter patches started to bulge, I just tore them off.

reishi on straw

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reishi grown on straw seems to work ok.

reishi grown on straw

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reishi grown on straw seems to work ok.

Lookin good!

Is that 100% straw?

Pasteurised or steralised?

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reishi on straw?

I am very much leaning towards growing reishi this way so far.

easier harvesting ( one cut to remove from the substrate) and

processing. from grow room to the dehydrator in less than 30 min.

it would have taken 3x as long to havest this amount from sawdust

blocks.

reishi grown on straw

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yeah, it will grow like crazy on straw but does it have the same desirable content as big old conks grown slowly on wood?

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good question. it is said that the best reishi comes from Duan wood grown reishi. how much

better? would be nice to know. polysaccharides and triterpenes would be still present, in

the straw grow reishi I believe. the mushroom is still growing off lignin and plant sugars.

in what amount are these medical properties present I have no clue :scratchhead: .

mushrooms grown on strait grain, I have read, don't have the full medical properties. this could be

expected, grain being so far from being the natural food source, unless its a smut.

eg cordyceps mushrooms grow on rice doesn't produce cordycepin unless it has a particular

protein that is contained in its host, usually a insect or its larvae.

does the speed of growth, effect the medical properties of a mushroom or is it just the substrate its

grown on ?

you can grow some really good pot in just 6 weeks or can you get better if grown slower?

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Shrooman almost missed your your Q.

yes its 100% straw (pasteurized) , but inculcated with 50/50 sawdust and grain spawn.

this method is fantastic for growing massive king oysters. picked a 195gm king a few

days back.

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Straw sounds exciting, I still have about 600 litres of the stuff chopped and loose packed I need to use up.

Is your pasteurisation purely heat based or using a lime soak? I've been doing the latter in insulated eski containers.

Cheers,

Fungi1963

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I put a cup full of lime to every 50ltrs of pasteurisation water.

hydrated lime or builders lime, the cement Australia brand is the cheapest and

easiest to find. it has a low magnesium content of 0.5-1.0% and for a round

10 dollars a 30ltr bag. it is the high mag that will stunt mushrooms this is why

many don't recommend builders lime.

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Are you using the Lime Soak Tek for the Reishi as well???

I'll be stoked if you got those results using lime soaked straw!!!

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only done the lime soak for oysters. actually a lime shower, but the 12v pump I was using died.

i should get it going again. would bring energy cost down.

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So for your 100% straw Reishi you just heat pasteurised with hot water?

I've been very successful using the lime soak tek for white oysters into plastic bags with holes poked in. Takes about 2 weeks from inoc. to pinning for a 2.5kg bag.

Trying some Golden oysters using the same method now.

Currently I just soak mine in a drum with a large weighted saucer form a garden pot on top, then a few bricks to keep it submerged.

I might look at going the shower method with a small pump in the future - would also work well for heat pasteurisation with an inline heater element to keep the temp up. Kind of like a RIMS beer brewing system, but instead of being a "Recirculating Infusion Mash System" it will be my "Recirculating Infusion Mycological System" :lol:

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So did your blocks pin before you put them in the FC?

I have 2 x 100% colonised blocks but no sign of pinning yet.....

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