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FreshCap on YouTube

That’s right! FreshCap is now on YouTube! Actually, we’Ve been there for a little while now, and I’ll admit- I don’t get to upload videos nearly as often as I’d like! That being said, I think it’s one of the best ways to share what I’ve learned, so you can expect many more videos on the way! This post will …

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Getting a Second Flush from Shiitake Blocks

One of my favorite things about growing mushrooms is how they just keep giving and giving! Once you get a successful first flush, you are likely to get second, third and sometimes even fourth flush off the same straw log or fruiting block. Getting multiple flushes is the best way to get the highest overall yields and biological efficiency from …

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Growing Mushrooms The Easy Way

Let’s face it, growing mushrooms can be complicated. You have to worry about managing cultures, sterilizing grains, making spawn, mixing substrates and trying to do it all without introducing contamination that could ruin your whole project. Of course, if you love growing mushrooms as much as I do, all those complicated terms sound like music to your ears! But if …

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

There are few mushrooms as iconic as The Shiitake. And although growing shiitake mushrooms requires some specialized skills and tactics, it is still a strong favorite among cultivators- both professional and amateur alike. In fact, Shiitake is one of the most commonly cultivated mushrooms in the world. And for good reason. The Shiitake is a culinary delight, has a long …

The Mushroom Growers Quick Reference Guide

There are certain things that I found myself looking up all the time when I first started growing mushrooms. How much bran should I add again? How much agar mix do I add to make malt yeast extract agar? The Mushroom Growers Quick reference guide is a first attempt at making it easier to grow mushrooms on the fly. Here …

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Using Pressure Cookers for Growing Mushrooms

If you ‘re wanting to grow mushrooms at home, you need to get yourself a dependable pressure cooker. There’s really just no way around it. You see, fighting contaminates is a constant battle. The cultivator needs to be aware of potential sources of contamination, and how to prevent the bad guys from getting a leg-up on your mushrooms. Naturally, things …

Growing Oyster Mushrooms Outside

Growing oyster mushrooms doesn’t have to be complicated. Sure it’s fun to have a highly controlled grow room, to monitor the environment and to try and optimize to perfection things like humidity, temperature and fresh air. But sometimes, we just want to grow some mushrooms. And I can’t think of a better way to do that than to grow oyster …

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How To Inoculate Grain Jars and Make Any Grain Spawn You Want

One of the first steps to growing mushrooms from scratch involves making your own grain spawn. Luckily the process of inoculating grain jars is pretty simple! Once you have a viable mushroom culture ready to go, either grown out on agar or in liquid culture form, you can go ahead and add it to sterilized grain. Over the next week …

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Doing Agar Work With Mushroom Cultures

Growing mushrooms from scratch requires being able to store and properly propagate mushroom cultures (think mycelium) on nutrient rich agar. For the mushroom cultivator, it is an essential skill. Properly transferring cultures allows you to “grow out” mushroom different species for the purpose of making grain spawn. It also allows for the ability to “clean” a culture that has been …

The Yellow Oyster Mushroom

The Yellow Oyster Mushroom, sometimes called the Golden Oyster, is both stunningly beautiful and easy to grow, making it a popular choice among home cultivators. This mushroom grows fast and fruits heavily in vibrantly bright “bouquets”, although the small and relatively thin fruiting bodies usually make for a smaller overall yield. For the most part, you are unlikely to see …