Spore to Grain
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Spore to grain is one of the most common errors made by beginners. Despite purchasing spores and pre-sterilised grain bags from trusted vendors, it has an extremely low success rate, even if the user has taken extra care in their technique and made use of a Still Air Box.
Why It Fails[edit | edit source]
Spore syringes are inherently dirty. Mushrooms are not grown in a sterile environment, their open caps expose them to surrounding mold spores and bacteria, which are then carried forth in a spore print.
As careful as a vendor can be in preparation, there is a good chance of contamination entering the syringe, and the addition of water allows bacteria to multiply.
When inoculating grain with a spore syringe, you are giving bacteria further nutrition to thrive.
Alternatives[edit | edit source]
Spore syringes should only be used in the following alternative methods:
PF Tek[edit | edit source]
PF tek is an extremely beginner friendly method of growing mushrooms. It involves a highly contaminant resistant BRF (Brown Rice Flour) and Vermiculite mixture.
Agar[edit | edit source]
Agar can seem complex, but it is not at all difficult. There can be a learning curve in technique, but agar is highly recommended if you wish to excel in this hobby.
Credit to user Rotnpins for original post