How to Grow Mushrooms Using Rye Flower Vs. Brown Rice

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How to Grow Mushrooms Using Rye Flower Vs. Brown Rice
Growing mushrooms requires a moist substrate like rye flour to grow. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Growing mushrooms in the home is not as hard as you may think. Mushrooms grow on decaying material. They use it as a food. The decaying material is called a substrate. Some mushroom growers use brown rice to grow their mushrooms, but you can use rye flour in the same way to produce mushrooms with the exact same results. The proportion of rye flour is even the same. Growing mushrooms requires a sterile environment, so make your work area clean.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vermiculite
  • Rye flour
  • Bowl
  • 1/2-pint jar
  • Foil
  • Pressure cooker
  • Spore syringe
  • Dustbin
  • Clear plastic bag

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  1. 1

    Place 147ml. of vermiculite in a bowl and pour water over it while stirring it with a spoon. Add enough water to make the mixture moist. There should only be a little amount of water coming from the material when the bowl is tipped.

  2. 2

    Put 42.5gr. of rye flour into the bowl and mix it in with the spoon.

  3. 3

    Fill a pressure cooker with 1 in. of water and heat it to 15 psi. Let the jar cook for an hour and then let it cool. Once cool, fill it with the rye flour and vermiculite solution. Add a thin layer of dry vermiculite to the top.

  4. 4

    Cover the jar with a piece of foil folded in half.

  5. 5

    Insert the jar into the pressure cooker and again bring it to 15 psi. Cook the jar for an hour and then let it sit for an hour.

  6. 6

    Shake your spore syringe to break up any large chunks and then lift up one layer of the foil from the jar. Run the tip of the syringe over a flame to remove any contamination. Insert the syringe and inject the spore into the jar. Replace the layer of foil to keep the rye flour from contamination.

  7. 7

    Place the jar in a dark, warm place, around 26.7 degrees Celsius, for three to five days until bright white specks appear. Expose the jar to four to 12 hours of indirect sunlight once the mushroom specks appear.

  8. 8

    Turn the jar over and pour out the contents carefully into a plastic dustbin once the mycelium colonises the jar, which takes about 14 to 28 days. Cover the dustbin with a clear plastic bag and let the mushrooms grow.

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