I Hope We're Doing It Right....

Discussion in 'CONTAMINATION' started by JayRob, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. JayRob

    JayRob New Member

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    We are starting to grow blue oysters and experimenting with a variety of mediums - coffee grounds, aspen sawdust bedding and straw. As far as I know we pasteurized our substrate correctly, heating it up in water in a pillowcase to 170 F, letting it sit for a bit and then squeezing as much moisture out of it as we could. Etc, etc...basically, I'm just wondering if someone more knowledgeable could confirm that we are indeed doing this right from a few pictures? Is this mold or the beginning of mycelium growth?

    Pasteurized and Inoculated on 8.19
    First sign of any growth 8.20
    First sign of mycellium - that's why I'm asking!
    Smells like the medium (straw, sawdust, coffee grounds, otherwise nothing)

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    Coffee
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    So at the time of this post, it's been 5 days since we started the buckets. The rate of growth is almost alarming to these newbies, we didn't expect to see anything at all yet! Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. LuckOfTheFryish

    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    I'm not sure if it's my phone or your post (I'm thinking the pics you posted) but none of the pictures are showing up. It says something about upgrading a photobucket account
     
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  3. Tammy

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    I cannot see it either...also thought the fault was on my side...
     
  4. JayRob

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    Yeah, sorry guys. Thanks for responding. I didn't realize that photobucket now requires you to pay $400 a year for 3rd party hosting.

    Things are going well though. Nice growth on 4 out of 7 buckets and we're only two weeks in. They are so pretty!

    We've been taking pictures right along, I'll try to get some put up here. I do have some more questions but they would be more easily asked with pictures.
     
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  5. kdmmontana

    kdmmontana Well-Known Member

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    Its perfectly safe to upload here as well:)