I got the burlap ideas from a fungi perfecti. Instead of Chips I did pasteurized straw. The guide was The Mycleium Running Oyster Patch" that comes with the Oyster Order that I found on the internet.
Here is the key paragraph.
"A slight variation to this method is to stuff the inoculated chips into an untreated burlap sack to make a “Mycobag”. Be sure to use untreated food grade burlap for this application (e.g., a coffee bean sack). Soak the burlap in a .3% hydrogen peroxide solution for 1 hour to help eliminate potential contaminants prior to putting the inoculated chips into it. Once the bag is full, tie it closed. Put the burlap sack in a larger clean plastic bag, tying the plastic bag closed around the neck of the burlap. This will allow the neck of the burlap to act as a wick for air exchange in the bag."
The soap and Lime method was taken from a "Lets Grow Mushrooms" video by Mark Keith.
I am guessing that one month is long enough for the spawn to colonize the straw. I will keep the bags in the shade and bring them inside for days that get above 90F.
I am new at growing so everything is an experiment.
You could heat the straw for one hour in filtered/well water at 140-160 degrees F. I wouldn't put them in a plastic bag-anaerobic rot. Soap? Why?
Keep Elm oyster and Blue oyster separated. They are different species and can compete.
You can cook the burlap bag. Burlap is much better than plastic.
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Subject: Growing Oysters on Straw in Burlap Bags
I have a couple very colonized 5 lb sawdust bags of oyster. Warm Blue and Elm. I want to see if these will grow on straw after soaking in soap and then a hot water lime bath.
How should I do this?
Do I put the substrate (mycelium/straw) filled bags into plastic bag to keep out contamination. A month maybe?
Should I treat the burlap (peroxide)?
Or am I overthinking this?
Any suggestions appreciated.