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Coffee Grinds to Mushrooms: A How to Guide

Coffee Grinds to Mushrooms: A How to Guide
Yup. I’m not pulling your leg and I’m not kidding you around; oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are a species of fungus that can digest coffee grinds, including the filters that they are often discarded with, and produce reliable crops of mushrooms. I was skeptical at first but after doing what seemed to be no more than a month casually searching through online do-it-yourself blogs and investigating companies which distribute mushroom kits and spawn (such as The Mushroom Patch) I had the confidence to give it a shot. I was rewarded with not only beautiful and tasty oyster mushrooms but an acquired set of skills that I can now use to develop further cultivating techniques for this sadly underappreciated crop. Approximately one month after mixing together the coffee grinds and mycelium together, the oyster mushrooms are well into their first flush. But why would you want to grow your own mushrooms? Step 1. Chances are, there is a coffee shop near where you live. Like this:

Mushroomers ClubA Successful Story of Blue Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms Cultivation ~ mushroomers club This is a guest post by Devon Olsen, an active member of forums ( and on permaculture and fungi cultivation. This is the story of his first attempts in cultivating Blue Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms. His story is interesting and was posted here with the intention to help some people out there in their first trials of cultivating such types of mushrooms. I guess mushrooms have always been kinda cool, but ive never really felt fascinated about them per se, but about a year ago i found a thread on about growing Oyster Mushrooms on an old phone book i think it was. Learn more about Oyster mushroom cultivation reading How To Grow Oyster Mushrooms on Logs or the simple plastic bag cultivation of oyster mushrooms by checking my post How To Transform Paper Into Food there you'll find links to a more detailed cultivation method of oyster mushrooms.

Gourmet mushrooms in an old coffee cup The best part about this project is that it is dead simple and most of the materials can be acquired easily and for free. Really all you need is: Empty coffee cup(s) Enough coffee grounds to fill your cups Oyster mushroom spawn I'll assume you can manage to scare up some empty coffee cups. Coffee grounds are really easy to procure. The mushroom spawn is something that you will probably have to buy.

Growth on Agar Perhaps this will be the year when you devote a corner of your garden to growing your own portabellas, criminis, shitakes, shaggy manes, Lepiotas, oysters, enokitakes. In this column we will give a basic outline of mushroom cultivation techniques and try to answer your questions about cultivation. Each article will briefly cover a different aspect of mushroom cultivation: I hope cultivation corner will provide stimulus and help you establish your own cultivation corner. I. The first phase of mushroom cultivation is the isolation of a pure culture of mycelium. PD(Y)A should be sterilized for 45 minutes at 15 pounds pressure. Potato Dextrose (Yeast) Agar (PD(Y)A): Potato Water 1 liter Dextrose 10 grams Nutritional Yeast or Yeast Extract 1-3 grams (optional) Agar- agar 20 grams Potato water is prepared by boiling a large, washed but not peeled, thinly sliced potato in water for one hour. Commonly used spore isolation techniques include: A. B. Next: Growing Mushrooms on Grain

Mushroom projects - My Edible Landscape 1. Maitake (Grifola frondosa) - spore print from Sam My plan is to germinate the spores in liquid culture, then inoculate cardboard, then bury around my chestnut trees. 2. Brick Cap [aka Kuritake - the Chestnut Mushroom] (Hypholoma sublateritium) - spore print from Sam My plan is to germinate the spores in liquid culture, then inoculate cardboard, then grow outside on wood chips. Tek1 - from Shroomery Have cloned kuritake, wine caps and shaggy manes to cardboard. Tk2 - from Bobcat at Mycotopia My outdoor patches were experimental, but both successful. Snipped from various sources… Great clusters of this species are often found on dead hardwoods, especially stumps, logs, and soils rich in wood debris. 3. Carboard Teks - from Shroomery, for growing oysters on cardboard. B.

Fatguy's Agar Technique Agar inoculation has been used for cultivation mushrooms as well as bacteria and molds for several years. The key to using an agar solution in cultivating mushrooms is sterility. Keeping the work surface and your hands clean and free of contaminants is the most important thing in using agar. I recommend that a HEPA system be used but since most people that use this forum cannot afford one, a glove box can be successfully used or a homemade HEPA design (what I use) will work. Choosing an agar solution to work with should be pretty easy. Agar production and pouring I use a Malt Extract Agar (MEA) solution that is shipped to me in a powder form. -Mix 50 grams of MEA (7 Tablespoons) for each liter of water. You can use a Mason Jar as a container to mix and autoclave the solution. Here is an important point: Unless you have a container that will hold about 2 liters of solution for each liter that you want to make, I would suggest that you make 1/2 liter batches of the agar solution.

Easiest Methods of Growing Mushrooms, low tech cultivation techniques ~ Internet Web Links These are internet web links to the easiest methods for growing mushrooms for the home hobbiest, and the small commercial mushroom cultivator for local markets. Included are the Hydrogen-Peroxide Method, Growing from Kits, Acquiring Spawn, and Building a Small Home Culture Setup. Each listing includes a link followed by a brief extract from the page listed. Lion's Mane mushrooms are emphasized as a medicinal and tasty gourmet eating mushroom (a nutraceutical, as both nutritious and pharmaceutically beneficial species). Growing Mushrooms the Easy Way Home Mushroom Cultivation with Hydrogen Peroxide An instruction manual in two volumes based on a new concept in mushroom cultivation, by R.R. Mushroom growing - a great pastime, but... Simplify! Growing Mushrooms the Easy Way I performed my first experiments to test the peroxide idea in 1993, and it worked. Grow mushroom cultures in an ordinary room. Protect cultures from bacteria, yeast, mold, and mushroom spores.

Mushroomers ClubGrowing Mushrooms The Easy Way With Hydrogen Peroxide ~ mushroomers club What Is Hydrogen Peroxide and Why is it Used in Mushroom Cultivation? According to Wikipedia, hydrogen peroxide is a clear and odorless liquid similar to water with a strong oxidizing capacity. Due to its oxidizing properties it is used as a bleach or cleaning agent. between 3%-8% it is used to bleach human hairused to whiten bones6% is useful for disinfecting cuts and to stop bleeding in superficial cutsit can be used to clean tile and grout on floorsat a concentration of 35% it is used as an antimicrobial agentetc. Hydrogen peroxide in a certain concentration proved to be efficient in killing living cells and it is currently used against contaminants found in the compost designed for mushroom cultivation. As far as I know, and underlined by Randall and others, commercial hydrogen peroxide is obtained chemically (but there are also natural ways to obtain hydrogen peroxide). Randall R. Materials and method According to Randall's method for growing mushroom you will need the following:

Peroxide in Mushroom Growing FAQs Click the link, or scroll down the page. What are the additional advantages of using peroxide in mushroom cultivation? With peroxide, you can make sawdust spawn medium from wood pellet fuel with just a ten minute steaming, rather than pressure sterilization. This is one of the fastest methods of making mushroom spawn yet devised. With peroxide, you can prepare sawdust cultures without pressure sterilizing either the bulk substrate or the supplements. Peroxide can do away with costly filter-patch culture bags for bulk substrate. Added peroxide keeps cultures from going anaerobic (breakdown of the added peroxide by the mushroom mycelium releases oxygen). Peroxide kills mushroom spores, so you can grow agar cultures in the same building you use to fruit your mushrooms, even if the mushrooms produce a high spore load. Peroxide kills contaminants without encouraging new resistant strains. What are the limitations of peroxide use in mushroom growing? Yes. Yes.

Mycology Resources Part II. MUSHROOM CULTIVATION BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - A guide Introduction Introduction to mushroom cultivation Step 1. ABOUT MUSHROOMS Step 2. PRODUCING PDA MEDIUM Step 4. MULTIPLYING SPAWN ON SORGHUM SEEDS Step 5. PRODUCING SUBSTRATE BAGS Step 6. PASTEURIZING BAGS Step 7. Introduction Mushrooms can be found in forests around the world. This guide is an introduction to mushroom cultivation and will give basic knowledge and techniques required in mushroom cultivation. Introduction to mushroom cultivation Mushroom cultivation can be summarized with the following major steps: Step 1. Step 1. There are three different groups of mushrooms. Step 2. How to well prepare spawn production is necessary for proper spawn multiplication. Step 3. A young, fresh and very healthy mushroom is used to prepare a tissue culture. Step 4. This is also a highly specialized part of mushroom production and will attract only a few trainees due to its complexity. Step 5. Step 6. Pasteurization is necessary to completely sterilize substrate bags. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. 1.

Shiitake Phone Book TEK - Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms Right now I am switching careers to become a secondary mathematics teacher. Our family dream is to move to Alaska in about three years, buy between five and ten acres of forested area and basically start a "perma-culture compound". Getting into mushrooming and mycology has given us so many cool tools to dream with. Between getting a new degree in math, and struggling with the crummy income of a musician...I am just too time, and financially strained to go roaming around getting the stuff I need to do a good shiitake TEK with sawdust. "You can pasteurize old phone-books and newspapers by placing in a pot of water and heating to 140F to 160F (60C to 70C) for one hour. I can't find a "phone book TEK" anywhere on the least not yet anyway. So does anyone have any ideas on what I would need to do to complete the TEK?

Mushroom Garden Patches by Terri Marie Beauséjour Copyright 1999, all rights reserved. Have you ever considered growing mushrooms in your garden? In fact, many varieties will thrive nicely with little or no maintenance. Agaricus species (the Portobello, the Prince, the Horse Mushroom, etc.) are adaptable to grassy areas among trees. Edible Tricholomas growing in a Garden in Thailand. Intrigued? You should begin by taking a fresh view of your garden or landscape from a new perspective; analyze its "fungamentals." Note conditions of sun and shade, wind and humidity. The beautiful irony is that many substrates suitable for fungi are also beneficial to the garden itself, and most can be obtained for little or no investment, as they are often considered "waste materials" or by-products. Once you have considered the possibilities, you should determine what mushroom varieties are suitable and desirable. Because you will more quickly analyze and interpret the conditions and microclimates which favor their growth.

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