Get Started:
The Mycelerator
Here are your instructions to begin growing! Please email us or ping us on Discord if you have any questions!

Congratulations on getting your Mycelerator!

You can now easily grow mushrooms at home.

Your Mycelerator Grow System comes with the following parts:
  • reference card
  • substrate pod (Minsley- or Nishiko-brand brown rice bowl)
  • integration platform
  • growing chamber, with sensor on top to monitor temperature and humidity
  • humidity O-ring
  • spray bottle
  • punch candle

Before growing mushrooms, you'll need some things not included with the Mycelerator Grow System:

  • gloves
  • face mask
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
Picking Your Mushrooms

Last but not least, you’ll need a mushroom live culture (a.k.a. spores) to grow mushrooms. We’re including a sample live culture with every Mycelerator that includes a Starter Kit. If you’d like to grow a different mushroom variety from what we’re currently offering, here are some websites where you can purchase mushroom live cultures:

Start your mushroom grow

Sanitize the Mycelerator Grow System
  • Begin by placing everything on a clean, flat surface, preferably away from air currents.
  • Add 70% isopropyl alcohol to the provided spray bottle.
  • To help prevent contamination of your mushroom live culture and substrate pod due to skin contact or the outside environment, put on your gloves and mask, and spray your gloves with the isopropyl alcohol.
  • Then, spray the inside of the growing chamber, the outside of the substrate pod and one of the round filters. It’s sufficient to spray until each surface is damp and evenly covered, not drenched.

Prepare a substrate pod for inoculation
  • Remove the spray bottle from your work area, allowing two minutes for the isopropyl alcohol mixture to evaporate from surfaces before lighting the punch candle.
  • Light the punch candle. If the candle flickers, consider moving to a place with less air current.
  • Wave the hot punch over the candle for 15 seconds.
  • Place the pod in front of you. Position the punch across from the transparent area of the pod cover that shows the rice.
  • Push the hot punch through the lid of the substrate pod to make a hole.

Inoculate a substrate pod
  • Remove the mushroom live culture syringe from its packaging.
  • Remove the plastic stopper from the syringe and spray the tip of the syringe with isopropyl alcohol.
  • Insert the tip of the syringe into the punch hole, and carefully inject 3ml by watching the gradations on the syringe.
  • Remove the syringe from the hole, spray the tip of the syringe with isopropyl alcohol and reattach the plastic stopper.
  • Finally, place the round filter over the hole. Cover the hole with the growing chamber.

Clean up
  • Put the syringe back in its packaging, and place it in a refrigerator if you're not going to use it right away.
  • Place the inoculated pod indoors, out of direct light. Temperatures of 70°F/21°C and above may help speed colonization.
  • Put away the remaining parts of the Mycelerator Grow System. You’ll use the Grow Chamber in the next step of the growing process.

You're done!

Now the inoculated substrate will colonize the rice, setting the stage for pinning and fruiting.

Colonization, pinning and fruiting

Once inoculated, the mushroom live culture will start converting the brown rice in the pod into mycelium – this is called colonization. This will take two to four weeks, and potentially longer, depending on the mushroom variety selected. 

Once the rice you can see in the substrate pod display window turns white, carefully remove the substrate pod’s lid. It should look something like this:

  • Snap the integration platform on top of the pod by gently pressing down on the sides of the platform. Listen for a satisfying "snap.”
  • The final step is to screw the chamber into the platform, and you're ready for the final phase – fruiting.
  • The brown rice substrate should not require watering between colonization and fruiting for the mushroom varieties we have tested.
  • Keep your Mycelerator in indirect light. Check the hygrometer on the top of the Mycelerator: the goal is to keep the temperature above 70°F/21°C  and the humidity above 90%. Lower temperatures and humidity may delay fruiting, depending on the mushroom variety.
  • Within a few weeks, you should see tiny bumps on the top of the mycelial layer. That's known as pinning. Once visible, you may be just a few days away from your first harvest. Note that you can adjust humidity by opening or closing the vents on the top of your Mycelerator – to increase humidity, partially or completely close the vents.