Increasing Yields

The MycoBox and MycoFarm produce enough for most hobbyists. However, if you would like to invest more time and effort then you can try growing on bulk substrates. There is quite a bit of work involved with this method but the yields can be huge… Additional equipment and time are needed. Not recommended for beginners.

The idea is to take your colonised bag of grain from the MycoFarm (or cake from the MycoBox) and use it to inoculate a much larger amount of bulk pasteurised substrate (in this case, straw treated in a hot water bath). This method works because cooled straw is clean enough to allow the mushroom mycelium to rapidly colonise it before other organisms can.

The straw logs are then fruited to give many more and much larger mushrooms. With some species of mushrooms it is also possible to add a casing layer (not shown here).

N.B. You can also do this on a much smaller scale with a pan on your cooker and a smaller muslin bag full of straw.

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