I attempted to innoculate 16 jars (12*250ml, 3*500ml and one purely testing 500ml with whole wheat flour). Half of them were Z strain and the other half B+.
All my Z-Strains got contamined at the same time (about week2 of colonization) by a brick-red contaminant, my wheat test with B+ got contamined too and an extra B+ died from another test to increase O2 in the jar.
So overall, 1 500ml success with Z-Strain (which is fruiting now). Somehow I think the spore solution might have had some problems and I've been lucky with the very last jar.
1 500ml B+ and 5 250ml B+.
Yep I'm doing this in a regular household as a first timer. Just went to a store to get 3 extra sirynge (Cambodian, Tazmanian and an other Z strain for free after explanations with the owner of the store). I'll do another batch probably on this saturday.
where did you guys get your spores from? any legit sites out there? haha
There are some stores selling them but you really got to know about them if you want to find them. Search for Ethnobotanical stores or hippie like stores
that way you'll save shipping cost. Otherway, there are many sites selling spores but it's harder to talk to the owner about your experiments and get a free syringe if anything goes wrong. Try to buy in your own country even if spores are legal. You're avoinding customs which might be interested in you if they see you got spores
My average temperature for colonization was quite low (70-74F) but I'm buying supplies to make an incubator today for the next batch. In the terrarium it is around 73-74F when the room heater isn't on.
How much is the total cost?
Hard to say, we've been doing 2 experiments at the same time my friend and I and splitted the costs. It depends on the kind of terrarium you want to build. I'd say around $30-$40 for spore innoculation + colonization which should take a month to complete and 33-63 for the terrarium depending on medium or high quality and if you can find a free humidifier somewhere.
Consider some extra costs if you're making your own mushroom dryer.
That's how much it costed me in Canada, might be different elsewhere and if you already got some supplies available
How long does the whole process take, start to finish?
Like Geneity said, it depends on so many settings. For a first timer, it should take around 1/1˝ month for colonization of the jars and I still don't know for fruitation. You start seeing pins after a week and you'll have a first flush. Afterward, you can have a 2nd and 3rd flush.
I started on Sept 10th and got my first pins yesterday... gives you an idea
I don't have a pressure cooker
it's suggested but not absolutely necessary.
Will I be able to keep this away from my parents without too much trouble?
I live in an appartment and my father noticed my strange setup pretty fast :P ok, it wasn't covered or hidden at all but depending on the size of your setup, it can be harder to hide. It depends on how many cakes you want to fruit at the same time. A small setup can be hidden if your parents do not search everywhere in your room
Good success if you take the challenge. Remember to have lots of fun with this project