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Brook MacAulay
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We got shiitake mushroom spore earlier this year and didn't get logs cut yet, sadly. Is it to late to cut some logs and if not how long should we let the logs sit before inoculate them ?
 
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Did you buy spawn in the form of dowels or sawdust? You don't really mean that you bought spores do you?
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Yeah sorry we got the spores in sawdust
 
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So it's really spawn. Is it completely white now and in a bag? Has it fruited? What method were you going to use to inoculate the logs once you cut them?
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It's not completely white yet, it hasn't fruited, we were gonna drill holes in them with a half inch woodpecker drill and use bees wax to cover the holes once we filled them with the spawn.
 
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It's not too late then. Keep it free from contamination. If your spawn looks like it's going to fruit, you can actually add pasteurized substrate to it if you have straw, chips, or sawdust. Cut logs now. Inoculate in 2 weeks.
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Brook MacAulay
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Thank you so much. Will do
 
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Thanks so much for your help, just a few more quick questions.
The sawdust is not very white yet, so shall we take the spawn out of the fridge & keep inside our house at room temp for the 2 weeks, or outside on our porch ? So the spawn has a chance to develop more ?
Should we put the spawn back in the fridge 1 day before inoculation, so the spawn is hibernating when we inoculate ?
 
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It will develop more quickly out of the fridge, but make sure it is not in sunlight. If it looks or feels too dry , you can add pure water. No chlorine or chloramine. It doesn't need to go in the fridge at all.
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