BOOM Block Instructions
All substrate is intended for immediate use. If you are waiting for any reason to inoculate we recommend storing your bags in the freezer until 2 days before inoculation.
Prep your area by using alcohol pads to wipe down the outside of the bags and the filter patch, along with your syringe. It’s best to also shower before inoculation. Once everything is clean begin to inoculate immediately. Put on the nitrile gloves and simply inject the spores of the mushroom variety of your choice into the bag a couple of inches above the block, we recommend 2-3cc per bag. Cover the injection point with a piece of tape (packing, gorilla, micropore etc).
Grow in a warm dark environment. Aim for 84 deg.f., which is the ideal temp for rapid mycelium growth. After two - three weeks your block should be fully colonized. It will appear solid white. If not, wait until completely white.
Take a knife or scissors, clean with alcohol, (no bleach or chemicals) and cut off the bag about 2 inches above the block and begin misting two to three times a day by opening the top of the bag and spraying lightly with a small spray bottle. After each misting re-close the bag with a paperclip, chip-clip, or clothespin. Lower your temperature by 10 deg. to help initiate fruiting (i.e. 84 to 74).
Depending on your species you should see your first baby mushrooms in anywhere from three - ten days . They will grow rapidly until harvest. Always wear gloves or use very well cleaned hands to harvest. Picking before the spores start to release will help facilitate even pin set in the next flush. Once harvested you can refruit your block by submerging it in clean cool water for about 6 hours so that the mycelium can absorb the water it needs to fuel it's next fruiting. After dunking transfer the block to a small tray or tupperware container with humidity control mix and continue to mist at least once a day and soon you'll see your second crop of mushroom. You can repeat the harvest, dunk, drain, and re-harvest steps until your block stops fruiting. For best results a layer of Casing should be added to BOOMs after dunking to help prevent contamination.
Additional Kit Instructions
Add the Humidity Control mix evenly in the bottom of each tray and apply the casing to the BOOMs. Casing is only performed once. Use gloved hands to pack the casing into contact with the mycelium. The casing should be about 1/2 inch thick and should cover all of the mycelium block completely.
Always wear gloves or use very well cleaned hands to harvest. Picking before the spores start to release will help facilitate even pin set in the next flush.
Once the block has stopped producing it can be used to inoculate an outdoor patch.
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Thanks and have a great day,
J & K
Ancient Path Naturals