Bryant RedHawk wrote:You can also grow oyster mushrooms in that material.
It looks in your photos like there may already be some fungi hyphae in those chips, if that's the case (and even if it isn't) I'd think hard about sterilizing the chips that you want to grow a specific fungi strain (mushroom) in, a 20 minute steam bath will do the job but 30 minutes would make sure any stray fungi were dead.
Wine caps are wonderful eaters and so are oysters, and both are super for your soil.
If you buy the bag kits you can mix them into the steam sterilized media and place in an area that gets shaded half the day or more. (this is a great time to set up for us southerners for a next year crop)
Bryant RedHawk wrote:As long as you can get the temp up to 225 f you could use a cup.
I have an old pressure cooker that holds around 5 quarts. The closer you can get to an autoclave the less time it takes to sterilize anything.
Boiling chips works, but, just like most things, the size of the pot does matter for speed of getting ready.
If you have to boil chips one cup at a time you also have to have a sterile environment to store them in while you boil more, until you have enough to inoculate with spawn or spores.
Michael Moreken wrote:
I have a 23 qt pressure canner so maybe use that for sure. Do you know what Star San is? (Used in brewing to sterilize).