For about one year now, I’ve been making grain spawn pretty regularly by letting it soak over night, and then boiling for ~15 minutes in the morning, laying it out to dry on some towels, and then a couple hours later putting it into jars to sterilize in a pressure cooker for 90 minutes.
Every time I do this I find it quite beautiful.
[image of rye grains drying on towels]
I’ve had interesting conversations with @glyph about the nice rhythm of overnight soaking and not rushing cultivation, and also a conversation with @Lando who said they saw a talk from someone that said soaking the grains and straining them actually loses some nutrients that might be beneficial to the mycelium that get strained off along with the water (would be curious if you still have the link). In his lab they also don’t dry the grains.
Even though the drying is beautiful, I’m interested to try a tek where I just put the grains in the jars the night before with the right amount of water and let them soak overnight (as there’s also not a great place to dry the grains at top).
@lando do you have a recommended water amount for a jar of rye grains? This can also be an open thread for sharing favorite teks for making grain spawn.
ps: found this thread of others debating the same topic how do you guys dry your grains? | myco-tek.org. Apparently an age old debate. @EvilMushroom666 maintaining peace in the thread and arguing for tolerance and equanimity.