Version 1.5 - 5/16/2023
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Introducing the ei2o Mushroom Growing System - the ultimate solution for anyone interested in growing their own mushrooms for food or supplements. Our kit provides a simple, step-by-step approach to growing high-quality mushrooms in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you're looking to add a fresh and sustainable ingredient to your meals or incorporate mushrooms into your supplement routine, the ei2o Mushroom Growing System has got you covered. Our user-friendly approach makes it easy for anyone to grow their own mushrooms at home and experience the joy of harvesting their own crop.
Please note that your growing system comes with a live culture of Oyster mushrooms, and the instructions in this document are specific to Oyster mushrooms. Stay tuned for documentation on other kinds of mushrooms! Included Oyster syringe is provided by millywyco.com and we recommend their shop if you would like to experiment with other types of live culture. Be aware other types of mushrooms may require different conditions during colonization and fruiting.
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Before every grow, disassemble your Myclerator and wipe it with a towelette or paper towel moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Do not put it in your dishwasher.
Turn your sensor on if it is off and choose Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Prepare a clean area to work in and avoid strong air currents. We recommend the kitchen (cleaned to food preparation standards) without open windows or operating fans. Contamination is introduced easily when airborne particles get into the bowl.
Place your infused bowl in a warm dark area of your home. Some typical areas are the kitchen, utility room, or a south facing room. Putting it inside a cabinet or closet will keep it out of the light. Do not place it directly on a heat source. Ideal temperature for colonization is 75°F, but should work within a range of 65-80°F.
In the first week, there is not much to do. Just leave the bowl in a warm dark area. Make sure there is some airflow, don’t place anything on top of the bowl. After 7 days, take a look at your bowl. You might see some white forming around the grains of rice, a gentle squeeze should indicate that the rice is firming up and you may hear some rice moving if you gently shake it. Keep checking on the progress of the colonization over the next week or two. Be patient, full colonization typically takes two to three weeks.
Signs there is something wrong:
When you see solid white in the window, and the bowl feels very firm when squeezed you are ready for the next step.
Prepare the Bulk Substrate
Now you need to return the unit to colonization conditions for the next two weeks. There is no need to open the unit up, you can observe the mycelial growth through the sides of the substrate container.
If, after a week, you observe no progress or there is a rapid change to solid white this could indicate some contamination.
After 14 days of colonizing the bulk substrate, begin the pinning phase.
Move the Mycelerator to a cooler place in your home that will receive some indirect light. Try to find an area that is 10-15° cooler than the area used during colonization. This may be outside (depending on the time of year), in a garage or basement, even near a slightly open window avoiding direct sunlight. It's the change in environment that signals the Oysters to begin fruiting. Ideal pinning conditions are 50-60°F with 95% humidity.
During the Pinning Phase
Over the next week observe your Mycelerator daily.
If a week has passed and there are no signs of pinning, try putting the unit on the top shelf of the refrigerator overnight. During the day put it back in its pinning location, making sure that it has some indirect light, the wick stays wet and mist several times a day. Repeat this over three nights then return to the pinning process .
If you observe a rapid growth on the surface that is white and cloud-like, turning green or gray, this could indicate some contamination.
Once you have pinning, it is time to fruit the mushrooms.
Ideal fruiting conditions are 60-70°F with 85-90% humidity.
Oyster mushrooms are typically ready for harvest 3 to 5 days after the mushrooms first appear. You should notice the rate of growth slowing down and the caps will flatten out or curl upward. Gently twist and pull the cluster of mushrooms at the base, or cut them with a knife.