So everybody seems to give different info on this. What are the ideal conditions to simply colonize your oyster mushroom substrate?
Right now I have about ten bags of Blue Dolphin from Field and Forest fully colonized. I achieved that by pasteurizing straw in boiling water for one hour, letting it cool then mixing with my spawn about 1:3 spawn:straw ratio. (Yes I know that is more spawn than I probably need.) Anyway, I then stuffed and put those bags (poked two half inch holes per air in each bag) in a tupperware about 18 inches tall with four inches of perlite soaked in distilled water and metal foil to separate perlite and mushroom. It worked wonderfully. Which brings me to my next question.
I've just pasteurized and stuffed about 25 bags of substrate with oyser spawn and straw. I poked one larger hole and six or so smaller holes for air in these bags. I then put all of these spawn bags in a trash bag and tied the top. Will this work to inoculate the substrate bags. I figure the bags will excahnge humiditiy well and be safe from contamination from the outside, but will there be enough air do you think for the mushrooms to colonize the substrate? Do mushrooms need fresh air to colonize? I know it is a key with fruting, but have not heard how important it is or isn't for colonization period.
If anyone with experience could critique my current setup I would appreciate it. It might also be helpful if we share ideal conditions for colonization of oysters as I haven't seen all of that info collected in one place before.
Thanks for reading, please comment!!!