For this tek you will need at least one casing
kit, rubber gloves, magic mushroom grow kit,
spores, and some patience. This tek is for novice growers who
have mastered the jar teks and want to move on to more difficult
projects. We are assuming you know basic teks by now.
1. Knock your grain jars up with about 2 cc's spores
of your choice. Use proper sanitation methods. Place your jars
in a water incubator at 86 degrees. After several days
you should see this.
That's mycelium! Shake the grain jar up as much as
you can and let sit in the incubator for another few days. You
will want to repeat this process until the jar is completely colonized
2. Prepare the casing soil - Place all of the casing
soil into a microwave safe container and slowly mix enough water
into the casing mix until it reaches field capacity*.
*Field Capacity - If you take a handful
of this mixture in your hand and squeeze it into a ball it will
hold its shape but no water will drip out. We want the mixture
moist but not saturated.
Cover and microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and stir
vigorously then microwave again for 5 minutes. You may have to
add some more water to get it back to field capacity. Stir again
and let mixture cool. You have just sterilized your soil. Save
any soil you do not use for later patch ups.
3. Prepare substrate - Take your colonized grain jars
and open them up and carefully remove the grain by shaking or
scooping out with a sterilized spoon or knife into a plastic zip
lock bag. Once all of the grain is in the bag, break it up with
your hands from the outside into marble sized pieces.
4. Assemble casings - This is really easy. Wipe out
your casing tray with alcohol soaked cotton ball.
Take the vermiculite that was provided and spread
a 1/2 inch wet layer of vermiculite at the bottom of each casing
Now spread a 1 and 1/2 inch layer
of your colonized substrate on top of that. Make sure to fill
in all the gaps with colonized substrate into one smooth layer.
Lastly spoon on 1 inch of your casing soil. DO NOT
pack down the casing! Repeat the process for all your trays.
5. Grow Chamber - Cover your casing trays with a sheet
of aluminum foil with several small holes poked in it and then
into your water incubator at around 86 degrees for three
days for best results.
When three days are up, place trays in your white rabbit
with no perlite. Set your timer to run 15-30 minute intervals
every 3 hours and your heater to 79 degrees. This will provide
the perfect environment, temp, and air exchange for your babies.
After a few days you will see this start to happen
You will need to patch up these spots of mycelium
with more sterilized casing soil to even up your pin set and make
an all around better flush.
Repeat this process until you see pinheads forming
all over the surface of the casing instead of isolated spots.
In a few more days you will have this.
More pictures are coming soon along with even more
teks. Have fun!