Inoculated on Maple cut in March, this lion's mane totem was processed according to field and forest's instructions and using their spawn. It was cut accordingly, sandwiched with sawdust spawn, and wrapped up in a garbage bag until now. Something definitely is going on in there, and what must be mycelium, unless it's mold. It's a mystery to me how mushrooms could propagate in such airless conditions .
Now that something has thoroughly colonized it, should the bag be removed? The rainy season is here and if this is lion's mane, it will be very excited.
I'm not an expert, but I'd take the bag off it, something has colonized it, whatever it is can't be changed or removed, and it would like the rain. Hope it's lion's mane!! Uncovering it will let you find out what you have.
It could be what you inoculated the log with. I have only grown Lion's Mane on sawdust blocks in a humidity chamber. It looks like it took off and colonized well. The outside may just be surface colonization but the end of the log is a good indication it is getting into the while log.
I did similar sized logs with Shiitake and Oyster and it was a couple of years before I saw fruit. The larger the log the longer it takes and the longer it will provide fruit.
I was about to give up on my logs but decided to wait till the next spring and now I have a constant winter supply of Shiitake and I found I can get fall and spring oyster in the woods about 3 miles from where I live.
Plant a seed and see if it grows. Some seeds do not grow well but others grow beyond your expectations.
Thanks folks, I figured what was done was done and unbagged it for the fall rains. All my logs are colonized, but it's still hard to tell by what..like I'm hoping the nubs on the reishi logs are not turkey tail.
I'll post positive results here!
Location: Huntsville Alabama (North Alabama), Zone 7B