Included with this kit:

  • 1 x Modified bucket with holes 
  • 1 x Bag filled with straw
  • 1 x Bag of hydrated Lime
  • 1 x Bag of colonized corn
  • 1 x 100ml spray bottle with diluted bleach

What you will need in addition to the contents of the kit:

  • +20lt vessel 
  • 20lt of water
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel 
  • A spoon/stirrer 
  • A weight

Before you start, make sure that the grain spawn is fully colonized by the mycelium, it should be white in colour and have nothing else growing in it besides white mycelium. Please make contact if you think it may not be correct.

Step 1 – Sterilising the Straw

Add twenty liters of cold water into the vessel.

Pour in the bag of hydrated lime and stir well.

Submerge the bag filled with straw in the lime + water solution and weigh it down. Make sure that all the content is fully submerged.

Leave the straw to soak for 24 hours. 

After soaking remove the bag and hang to drain for twelve hours.

Step 2 – Inoculating the straw with grain spawn

Note: For the following steps ensure that all surfaces are wiped down well with the bleach solution. Also wipe down your hands,  scissors, bucket and lid as well as the outside of the grain spawn bag. 

Once the grain spawn bag is opened try complete the remaining steps as fast as possible to reduce the chance of infection.

Remove the stickers from the holes in the bucket.

Now put a layer of straw about 5-10cm thick in the bottom of the bucket. 

Cut, open the spawn bag. (When working with the grain spawn take extra precaution and be as clean as possible).

Sprinkle some of the spawn evenly over the straw.

Repeat this process about 5 times until all the straw and spawn have been layered into the bucket.

Close the bucket.

Step 3 – Colonising the Straw

Set the bucket aside for approximately 2-4 weeks so that the mycelium can colonise the substrate (out of direct sunlight). Optimal temperatures for this would be between 15c – 25c.

Once the mycelium has colonized the straw you will start to see mushrooms pinning through some of the holes.

Mushrooms like to fruit in high humidity conditions to help achieve this spray the outside of the bucket with water a couple of times per day (you do not need to water the mushrooms all you are trying to achieve is to create humidity).

During the growth period the mushrooms will absorb the water in the straw and expand rapidly so try not to blink or you might miss something 😜
Happy growing.

Step 3 – Harvesting

When harvesting, grab the cluster as near to the base as possible and just twist it off.

Now you can set aside your bucket and await the next flush.

Once the pinning reoccurs, just continue the misting process.

After your second harvest remove the mycelium cake from the bucket and soak it in water for a few hours before letting it drain and returning it to the bucket.

Depending on how you care for it you should get 3-5 flushes per grow.