Are you doing cold water pasteurization? If yes then pH is never too high. That is the idea. Check to see if you are using the right kind of lime and enough lime. Do a high inoculation percentage.
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posted 6 months ago
Yes im doing cold water pasteurizing and im soaking for about 14 to 16 hrs. I am using pickling lime becouse I cant seem to find lime with very low Magnesium content around here. I let my straw drain for about 30 min on a plastic sheet, it it is still pretty damp but not dripping at all. I just made two small logs two days ago but i raised the temp in the room to about 71 to 72 degrees where before it was around 64 so im hoping that might fix my problem as well.
posted 5 months ago
Ok guys I seem to have my grain turning black on the straw problem taken care of but my next issue is sterilizing my own grain.....I have found a local health food store that I can get wheat berries at 1.00 a pound, which i got, my problem is I go thru the process of cleaning and soaking and boiling the berries and then letting them semi dry so I can bag them up. I have the proper bags for pressure cooking and Fold the bag twice so the filter is up and i pressure cook for 1.5 hours and I let my pressure cooker cool completely, but my problem is that im getting moisture in the bags, so much moisture that it beads down inside the bags. What am i doing wrong? Too much water in my cooker? Should the water level not touch the bottom of the bags? PLEASE HELP!
Your mushrooms seem to be dry. I think you didn't provide them with the right climate. Also looks like your substrate is not well pasteurized. In what regards the mycelium growth, did you poke your bags for holes?