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So I have successfully been cloning mushrooms and growing mycelium for several years now. However, in my lab I use all sorts of sterilizing products that I'm not too proud of. I've been thinking of ways to sterilize my lab space with less - or even better without - toxic gick. So far I've come up with two solutions - neither of which I have tried yet: 1. Steam sterilization 2. Grain alcohol (rectified spirits [Everclear], vodka, gin, etc).
Thoughts? Has anyone here tried toxin-free lab sterilization? If so, what's worked for you?
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 You could make some strong vinegar with a small hand-full of raisins or whatever... takes less than a month to get some strong stuff.
Keep a 1/2 gallon going at all times and it will probably sterilize any surface very fast.
 
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Depending on what's being sterilized, you might be able to cook it in an autoclave or pressure-cooker.
 
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Or, I just remembered, there are UV light sterilizing lamps available. I don't know which brand and style would work best for you, but it might be worth investigating.
 
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Ellendra Nauriel wrote:Or, I just remembered, there are UV light sterilizing lamps available.



I actually got a brand new one of these, unopened, lying around here somewhere. Humana sent me one a few months ago due to the whole COVID panic.

These things are fairly cheap - about $25 online. I have zero idea how effective they are.

@MikeKenzie I would trade you my unused UV wand in exchange for two new species of edible/culinary (non-psychodelic) mushrooms I can grow on logs.

(I'm already growing portobella, winecap, lion's mane, and yellow oysters. I'd like two new ones)

I don't have any preference to the format you send it in (e.g. syringe, log, pegs, mason jar).
 
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Ellendra Nauriel wrote:Or, I just remembered, there are UV light sterilizing lamps available. I don't know which brand and style would work best for you, but it might be worth investigating.


Thanks Ellendra, I love the UV light idea! I am trying to sterilize the lab space, so this is a great solution. :-)

And yes, I already do have and use autoclaves and pressure cookers for sterilizing substrate growing media. :-)
 
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Jamin Grey wrote:

Ellendra Nauriel wrote:Or, I just remembered, there are UV light sterilizing lamps available.



I actually got a brand new one of these, unopened, lying around here somewhere. Humana sent me one a few months ago due to the whole COVID panic.

These things are fairly cheap - about $25 online. I have zero idea how effective they are.

@MikeKenzie I would trade you my unused UV wand in exchange for two new species of edible/culinary (non-psychodelic) mushrooms I can grow on logs.

(I'm already growing portobella, winecap, lion's mane, and yellow oysters. I'd like two new ones)

I don't have any preference to the format you send it in (e.g. syringe, log, pegs, mason jar).


Thanks for the offer Jamin. You have a Purple Mooseage in your inbox. :-)
 
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Ralph Sluder wrote:  You could make some strong vinegar with a small hand-full of raisins or whatever... takes less than a month to get some strong stuff.
Keep a 1/2 gallon going at all times and it will probably sterilize any surface very fast.


Yes! Great thinking! Change the pH dramatically! Do you have a favorite vinegar + raisins recipe that you like to use for cleaning?
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