[Bio] [Tastebridge] Oyster Mushroom Status?

Matthew Downs downs.matt at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 01:38:53 UTC 2011

Thanks for the mycelial update!  Was planning to stop in tonight....is
there any work to do?  if not i cant stop in later in the week to check-in.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Rikke Rasmussen <rikke.c.rasmussen at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> Just a quick update on the status of our project, and a link to pictures
> of the first flush coming up on our second batch of oyster mushrooms. The
> uncooked bags seem to be doing splendidly, given the density of the pinning
> likely due to the excessive spawning rates.
> Check them out!<https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103960152819764522461/albums/posts/5672411822091143922>
> I came in on Saturday to cut the second batch out of the bags (left a
> couple in for comparison, but have removed those today) and put them in the
> fruiting chamber. I also set up the humidistat (thanks, Jake - you rock!),
> which seems to be doing a great job of regulating the humidity - at least,
> it claims that humidity remains fairly constant between 90 and 93 % RH, and
> is using about 75-80% less water. Someone has been awesome and donated a
> tray of moisture-retaining crystals for the chamber, and since I don't see
> that they could be doing any harm, I've left them in.
> I have a pretty tight schedule this week, so I need to leave early
> tonight, and won't have time to come back into the city tomorrow, but
> someone should seriously come by and harvest some of these lovely, tender,
> new oyster babies!
> /Rikke
> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:31 PM, Matthew Downs <downs.matt at gmail.com>wrote:
>> This is awesome.
>> I will be in the hood tonight.  Will stop by to fill the humidifier and
>> check on the babies.
>> Thanks to ALL for your wonderful contributions!
>> As for next species...i'd like to see some Shiitake!
>> On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM, Rikke Rasmussen <
>> rikke.c.rasmussen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hey all,
>>> Hope not too many of you showed up in vain on Monday? Roger came in
>>> early and did most of the planned clean-out all by himself, and I took the
>>> welcome opportunity to stay home and care for my head cold. I did go in
>>> this morning to clean out the rest of the chamber, wiped everything with
>>> bleach water, re-glued the magnets (the trick is to rub the glue in with
>>> the tip of the gun so the plastic melts a little bit) and took a bunch of
>>> pictures which I posted here<https://plus.google.com/u/0/103960152819764522461/posts>.
>>> There was a fine little harvest of beautiful, big oysters as reward.
>>> I threw away a block that had spots of grey mold (looked like *Botrytis*,
>>> at least), turned the humidifier back down to lowest setting, replaced the
>>> fan with one that wasn't alive (I swear, there was oyster mycelium growing
>>> on the caked spore mass!), and checked up on our babies. I discarded one of
>>> the second batch of uncooked bags because of green mold contamination, so
>>> we need to be pretty wary of this.
>>> Roger, the pressure cooked bag I photographed appeared fully colonized
>>> on the bottom, too, though I generally see what you mean about there being
>>> some invisible lower limit that they seemingly only cross with difficulty.
>>> I definitely want to do a third batch of these, though I think it's
>>> clear from the experience so far that going to the effort of borrowing
>>> extra propane burners and pressure cookers would be a really good idea -
>>> the extra time spent on preparation is easily saved by the difference in
>>> inoculation rate. However, I don't want to commit to using 40 lbs of spawn,
>>> so Roger has promised to make us a  smaller portion - this will take a
>>> couple of weeks, so by the time it's ready, we should have some indication
>>> of how the fruiting success, and know whether to proceed with coffee or go
>>> back to sawdust.
>>> Last, but not least: we need to come up with a rotation schedule so that
>>> ten humidifier gets refilled at least every second day. I filled it to the
>>> top today, but someone needs to go in on Friday and on Sunday to do it
>>> again - any volunteers?
>>> /Rikke
>>> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:36 AM, Matthew Downs <downs.matt at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>> Shoot...I got stuck interviewing potential room mates...didn't think it
>>>> would go so late...next wk!
>>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 8:22 PM, Michael Lyons <cprmichael at yahoo.com>wrote:
>>>>> I'll be there about 9:30
>>>>> "Dana S." <dsniezko at sonic.net> wrote:
>>>>> >Are we meeting tonight?
>>>>> >
>>>>> >- Dana
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