A Step by Step Guide to Your First BRF Cake...
Right...lets get started then :)
The first thing to do is to gather your materials.
Don't be duped into buying a 'mushroom kit' they are generally overpriced and you can gather the bits together yourself fairly easily and have a sound foundation for your new hobbie.
You will need:
Vermiculite...a medium used in gardening, holds many times its own weight in water and is used for adding to soil to aid seedlings growth. Can be found in any Garden Center.
Organic Brown Rice Flour(BRF)...Easily obtainable in any health shop. (Make sure it is the 'organic' variety...don't want any nasty pesticides in our mix.)
Spring water...Not to be confused with distilled water. Contains all the minerals needed for healthy growth but without the added chemicals of tap water.
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)...Obtainable in any chemist shop. It is a mild disinfectant. Also used for bleaching hair.
Mushroom spores...Best to get a ready made syringe from a 'Spore Vendor' when first starting out.
A suitable jar...Sainsbury's do their own brand of 'Bon...something or other' jam. The jars are excellent for our needs. A tapered jar with no 'shoulders'.
A pressure cooker...A vital piece of kit if you want successful steralization of the substrate with no contams. Some people say that this isn't necessary when first starting out in your new hobbie. I strongly disagree...it is vital.
A sterile working environment :p