Coming from students this project was fun! People liked taking pictures of everything we did, sanitizing, working in the glove box and the kitchen and many other little details. Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms are the easiest to grow. Oysters are great for beginners, Shiitakes are woodlovers and can grow outdoors in woodchip beds, inoculated logs or indoors on sawdust logs. In this instructable We will show you how to make an indoor Shiitake sawdust log from scratch. This method can be used for different kinds of mushrooms as well.
Each Part in this Guide to making a mushroom log takes place a day to a few weeks apart from each other. Here’s the table of Contents and expected timeline:
Part A: Making a Mushroom log, Sterilizing Grain. Day 1 (2-3 hrs)
Part B: Making a Mushroom log, Transferring Mycelium onto Grain. Day 2 (30 minutes)
Part C and D: Making a Mushroom log, Bulking up Grain Spawn (2-3 weeks later)
Part E: Making a Mushroom log, Transferring Spawn onto fruiting substrate (2-3 weeks later)
Part F: Making a Mushroom log, Harvesting and caring for your finished log