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MUSHROOM CASING INSTRUCTIONS




YOU MAY START WITH A COLONIZED QUART JAR OR A BAG.



THIS IS A PICTURE OF BROKEN UP COLONIZED RICE AND VERMICULITE CAKES. YOU NEED TO STERILIZE A PLASTIC BIN OR OTHER TYPE OF CONTAINER WITH EITHER BLEACH OR ALCOHOL FIRST.



EITHER USE RICE CAKES OR COLONIZED RYE BERIIES LIKE IN THE PICTURE ABOVE.



BREAK THEM UP FINE, USE GLOVES AND BE VERY GENTLE. TRY TO FIND THE EASIER BREAKING APART POINT, IF IT DOESN'T GIVE ONE WAY TRY THE OTHER WAY UNTIL IT BREAKS APART WITH LITTLE PRESSURE. YOU DON'T WANNA DAMAGE THE MYCELIUM.



CUT THE BAG OPEN WITH THE CASING SOIL, AND POUR OVER HALF INTO THE BIN.



MIX THE COLONIZED SUBSTRATE IN WITH THE CASING SOIL AND PAT IT DOWN FLAT GENTLY.



POUR THE OTHER LESS THAN HALF OF THE CASING SOIL ON TOP TO COVER ABSOLUTELY ALL THE BOTTOM LAYER EVENLY. MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT NO COLONIZED SUBSTRATE IS STICKING OUT THE TOP. PAT THE EDGES IN A BIT DEEPER AND TIGHTER THAN THE REST SO THAT THE EDGES DON'T COME AWAY FROM THE BIN LATER AND GIVE LIGHT AND AIR UNTO THE MYCELIUM UNDERNEATH AND PROVOKE ONLY SIDE PINNINGS.



THIS IS A PICTURE OF ET MIX CASING SOIL BEING PADDED DOWN.



ONCE PADDED COVER THE LID WITH FOIL AND LABEL THE TOP WITH THE TYPE OF MUSHROOM YOU ARE GROWING. LEAVE IT IN A DARK PLACE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. NO HIGHER THAN 82.0F DEGREES AND NO LOWER THAN 68.0 F DEGREEES.



AFTER ABOUT A WEEK THIS IS THE MYCELIUM COMING THROUGH THE TOP. USUALLY IT WILL SPOT THE TOP WITH WHITE BLOTCHES. YOU MAY COVER THOSE BLOTCHES WITH A TAD OF CASING SOIL IF THERES ANY LEFT OVER IN THE BAG (STERILE) OR USE SOME FROM AROUND THE AREA WITHOUT DISTURBING THE REST OF THE CASING. THIS IS TO GIVE IT TIME FOR AN EVEN COLONIZATION OF THE CASING LAYER AND AN EVEN PINSET.



THIS IS A PICTURE OF COLONIZING DUNG AND STRAW WITH REALLY FINE STRAW. STILL ABOUT A WEEK LEFT.



A CLOSE UP OF MYCELIUM ON DUNG COMING THROUGH TO THE TOP.



CLOSER.



COLONIZING ET MIX WITH ABOUT A WEEK LEFT TO COLONIZE.



CLOSE UP OF MYCELIUM ON ET MIX.



CASING IS FINISHED, NOW PLACE THE BIN IN A LARGER CONTAINER OR GREENHOUSE WITH INDIRECT NATURAL LIGHT OR ARTIFICIAL LIGHT AND CLEAN AIR. AIR OUT FREQUENTLY AND KEEP HUMIDITY AT AROUND 85% CONSISTENTLY. PINS SHOULD SET IN SHORTLY.



A CLOSE UP.
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