Disembodied Eyes

The Paranoid's Guide to Mushroom Growing by Black Peter



Disclaimer: This is in toto an application of the PF Tek method, which I owe all thanks.

Purpose: To grow mushrooms as secretively as possible.

The following may not be the most sterile way of growing mushrooms; in fact, I will even go so far to say that it may not be the way you should grow them. However, it worked when I tried it. This is for reference only. You should probably have some experience growing mushrooms first.

What you will NOT need:
1. jars
2. A pressure cooker
3. A steamer
4. A secret room of your house

What you will need:
1. A pyrex baking dish 8" X 8" X 3"
2. Brown rice ground in a coffee grinder OR brown rice flour
3. Vermiculite
4. A "Sterlite Jumbo Storage Box" 28 quart. (Found at Wal-Mart)
5. A Rubbermaid "Servin' Saver 'Rectangle'" 1 gallon
6. A Regent Aqua-Tech 10" Bubble Curtain. This is used in fish aquariums and
is found at Wal-Mart.
7. A small aquarium air pump and 4 feet of air tubing.
8. A spore print and syringe or spore syringes - It may be best not to try this
until you have an ample supply of very dark spore prints, as this
method is unrefined at this point in time.

Preparation:

Fill the Pyrex dish between 1/2 and 3/4 full with brown rice flour and vermiculite. Mix it by swirling it around with your fingers. I personally used about 3/4 flour to 1/4 vermiculite. The vermiculite should be enough to keep the cake from adhering to the sides of the dish. Then fill slowly with water until the level is almost the same as the aforementioned mixture. Wipe the sides of the dish then fill with dry vermiculite to the top. Cover the top with tinfoil and put in a pre-heated oven at ~210 degrees (make sure it is less than 212 degrees) for 1 hour, then turn the heat up to ~300 degrees for 15 minutes. Afterwards, let cool. It may take all night. The foil will have to be removed periodically to prevent condensation.

Innoculation:

Put 200 cc's of spore solution around the sides of the dish and then inject 100 cc's directly in the middle onto the bottom. I had a jar of solution from some very large and dark spore prints. Put in a closet on a shelf that has been wiped with a disinfectant.

Growing:

The Perlite container will be upside-down. Bore a hole about 1 inch from the bottom (the top of the chamber when upside down) where the air tubing will barely fit. Put the bubble curtain diagonally in the Rubbermaid container. You may have to manipulate it carefully to get it to stay put. The Rubbermaid container is filled 1/2 full of water. Turn the Pyrex dish over carefully and the cake will be sitting on the tinfoil. Place the chamber under a bed; have a noisy desk fan nearby to cover the noise of the aquarium bubbler. Daily lift the "top" to cause the condensation to flow onto a towel. Lift the top diagonally. Pull the chamber out from under the bed for light during the day.

Finally:

This is a rough method. Be sure and sterilize the container by wiping with bleach and perhaps spray the area thoroughly with Lysal before lifting the top.