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Grow your own gourmet and medicinal mushrooms!
Maitake is a choice edible with an amazing black pepper aroma and umami flavor. This mushroom requires intermediate growing skills and is a slow-growing species, but it is definitely worth the wait.
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What is a liquid culture?
Liquid cultures are a mixture of mushroom mycelium and a liquid nutrient blend. Liquid culture inoculation of grain is able to be performed in clean areas with very little air movement.
Use this liquid culture on grains, such as Myterra Labs' Organic Rye or Organic Oats. One syringe is able to inoculate 2 bags of grain. This culture can also be used to inoculate agar plates and liquid culture jars to expand the culture.
Maitake mushrooms will need to be fruited on Myterra Labs Woodlovers substrate. Once your grain is fully colonized by the mycelium, you will have enough spawn to add into 2-8 bags of Woodlovers. Trying to produce mushrooms from grain will not work for this mushroom. Once you have added your Maitake spawn into your Woodlover Bags, seal the bag and shake it to evenly distribute the grains. Do not shake again after this step. Allow the Woodlover bag to colonize in a dark area - do not disturb the bag during this period. After full colonization, you will start to see white lumps forming in the bag, which will eventually turn a grey color. The grey lumps will start to form black pits, which resemble spider eyes, and will collect small droplets of moisture on the lumps (see picture above). Remain patient, these lumps will develop finger-like projections and this will be your cue to cut open the bag. Cut the top of the bag completely off, about an inch from the top, and make a vertical cut from the top, down to the substrate. Avoid cutting the mushrooms. Place the bag under bright lights in a humid environment (70-80%) and watch as the finger-like projections turn into fronds. Harvest when the mushroom fronds turn a brown color and before the mushroom produces spores.
Ensure that you use a sterile technique to inoculate the grain bags: Wipe the outside of the bag or injection port with 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to inoculation and do not allow the syringe tip or needle to touch any items that have not been cleaned with alcohol.
Excess liquid culture should be stored in the fridge.
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