The In³8r (In-cube-eight-or) - A DIY Incubator For Mushroom Growers A high precision, low voltage, low cost, incubation chamber that anyone can build. Or build six like I did, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. A Guest Article by my friend and career mycologist, Dr. Mark Spear. Why build it? Usually, you can incubate plates, flasks, jugs, and bags at room temperature with no incubator needed. But when you are experimenting with new strains, substrates, supplements, and techniques you better know how temperature affects results. Temperature response is a core biological parameter and running off heedless and headless just gets you lost. Been there. Didn’t like it. When you put a temperature datalogger in with your cultures (you do that, don’t you?) you find that the temperature control provided by your friendly room thermostat can swing three degrees or more
Lion's Mane Recipe: Garlic Crostini An Easy Way To Cook Lion's Mane Mushrooms! Ingredients: 2 cups shredded lions mane mushroom 1/2 French baguette loaf 4 tbsp. Plant based butter 1 tbsp garlic powder(or about 8 cloves garlic minced) 1 tsp. salt 1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin 1/4” slices 2 tbsp. balsamic Vinegar 1 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. Water Heat a large pan over medium/high heat Add 2 tbsp. Plant based butter, swirl to coat the entire pan. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and garlic powder to taste (alternatively, add fresh minced garlic towards the end of cooking). Sauté for about 2 minutes until the edges start to get crispy. Add the chopped parsley and sautéed a few more seconds. Remove from heat and place cooked lion's mane mushrooms on a paper towel to drain excess
Basics of Growing Mushrooms How Do I Grow Mushrooms? To answer a question with another question, I suggest you first ask yourself which mushrooms you’d be interested in growing! As you may or may not already be aware species of cultivated mushrooms are lumped into one of two groups. On one hand we have our organic woodland cleanup crews consuming various woods & wood wastes converting lignin into energy to proliferate & ultimately (hopefully) produce mushrooms. These lignicolous fungi, we describe as lignophiles, otherwise known as wood loving mushrooms. On the other hand we have our dung loving coprophilic fungi aka coprophiles such as Agaricus sp., Psilocybe sp. & many others. Other areas of cultivation not directly related to gourmet mushrooms include medicinal use of parasitic fungi like Cordyceps sp. & fermented foods like Red Yeast Rice or Tempeh. As these are not the most commonly
How to Prepare & Pour Agar Dishes for Mushrooms Fun fact, the word "agar" comes from agar-agar, the Malay name for red algae. The History of Agar in Microbiology Agar (pronounced 'ay-gar' by some, 'ah-grr' by others) is derived from seaweed, it was first put to use in microbiology in 1982 and quickly replaced gelatin as the media thickener of choice. Its higher melting temperature allowed incubation at warmer temperatures without liquefying the media. When enriched with sugar and starch, agar becomes the perfect vehicle to transport mycelium. Everything from tissue samples (clones) from wild or store bought fruitbodies to spores, colonized grains, colonized bark, and even pins (immature fruit bodies) can be used to inoculate a petri dish which has been prepared for use with mushrooms. Many growers fear the microscopic world and avoid agar initially (having heard countless horror stories of contamination resulting in homes
How I Prepare Lions Mane Mushrooms Grow some beautiful Lions Mane Rinse & Squeeze! Tear! This is how I like it MEDIUM HIGH BUTTER & GARLIC PAN FRY FLIP YUM!
Growing Hericium erinaceus (Lions Mane) Mushrooms Lions Mane mushrooms may also be referenced as bearded toothed mushrooms, bearded hedgehog mushrooms, or even pom pom mushrooms.+ These toothed fungi are certainly eye-catching, but they’re just as awesome (if not more) on the inside. As a choice edible and highly praised medicinal supplement, the Lions Mane mushroom sweeps across the board, catching much-deserved attention along the way. This mushroom is worth getting your hands on. It’s a relatively low maintenance type of species, only asking for some decent humidity and steady fresh air exchanges to produce happily, making it a solid starter for at-home hobbyist. Typically grown in artificial logs, or fully colonized bags comprised of (sometimes enriched) hardwood sawdust - Lions Mane can also be used to inoculate hardwood logs outdoors using colonized plug spawn or sawdust spawn. Habitat & Range Lions Mane mushrooms are a native species to
Growing the Lung/Phoenix Oyster Mushroom This hearty oyster mushroom is often confused with another species of oyster, Pleurotus ostreatus. However, Pleurotus pulmonaris (also known as the Lung Oyster, Phoenix Mushroom, Indian Oyster, or Italian Oyster, respectively) has a few characteristics of its own that a keen eye and spore print can easily distinguish. Habitat & Range The Lung Oyster can be found growing prolifically in several subtropical forests and temperate regions of the globe, however, it does not appear on the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. ++ This saprotrophic fungi is a primary woodland decomposer and is readily found on hardwood deciduous trees. Found widely across the U.S., the Lung Oyster pops up in shelf-like clusters among dead and living hardwoods, causing a “white rot”. + These mushrooms tend to arrive late into Spring, as the weather turns much warmer with the call of Summer.