Grain Masters

The first step is to move a triangle of inoculated agar and lay it on top of the grain.  This is done in front of the flow hood. Since we use jars, the agar sticks to the side of the jar.  So instead of shaking the agar into the jar, we leave it on top. In this image...

Preparing grain jars

Soak the grain The first step is to soak the grain. Most of the time, we use organic rye (available on our shop).  Rinse the grain at least a couple of times, until the water is clear.  We soak the grain for ~4 hours. We know there is lots of conflicting information...

Lids

We use canning jars for a variety of purposes.  Two of those purposes include agar (i.e. Petri replacements) and grain inoculation. When using jars, we usually need to use lids with a small amount of air exchange. We have tried both the metal lids and the plastic lids...

Creating agar plates

Agar We are currently using Malt Extract Agar from Mycomedia. We purchased it from Fungi Perfecti (http://www.fungi.com). In the past, we have also successfully used agar agar plus Ovaltine (as it contains malt). Plain agar is available on our store. We add a bit of...

Gloves

One of our learning curves in the lab surrounded gloves.  It seemed simple but there are actually three major types of gloves available on the market. Below is our review of each type.  We buy them in bulk. Vinyl We give a thumbs down to vinyl gloves.  They may be...

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