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Tools of the Trade

95% Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) 500ml

95% Ethanol is used for surface cleaning and for disinfecting your hands while you work. We also stock 99.9% Ethanol Absolute which can be used for mushroom extractions.

Agar Agar Powder 50g

Agar Agar Powder is an ingredient used in preparation of MEA and PDA nutrient plate recipe. It is a gelatinous substance obtained from seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in food.

 

Autoclave Filter Patch Bags

We have designed our own polypropylene Autoclave Filter Patch Bag with our signature mushroom patch. 

There are 2 lengths to choose from: 250mm and 330mm wide tubing roll. The 250mm and 330mm width refers to the 'flat' width, in other words if the bag is placed flat on a surface. If the bag mouth is opened and perfectly round, the inside diameter is 160mm and 210mm respectively.

 

Autoclave Tape

Autoclave Tape is used as an indicator to see if the correct temperature was reached in a pressure cooker, when sterilising Sorghum.

Barley Malt Powder 100g

Barley Malt Powder is an ingredient used in a MEA nutrient plate recipe.

  • Add 7-10g of malt powder to 500ml of hot water
  • Add 11g of Agar Agar powder
  • This recipe will be sufficient to pour 40 65mm petri dishes
Bran 1kg

Bran is an essential ingredient to boost your substrate recipes for exotic mushrooms.

Brown Rice Flour 1.5kg

Brown Rice flour is used in the substrates mix for cubensis strains

Glass Beaker 250ml

A Glass Beaker is used to make an agar nutrient mixture that is poured into a Petri Dish and allowed to set. We call this a Nutrient Agar Plate and it is used for transfers and cloning.

Glass Beaker 600ml

Glass Beaker is used to make an agar nutrient mixture that is poured into a Petri Dish and allowed to set. We call this a Nutrient Agar Plate and it is used for transfers and cloning.

Glass Spirit Burner

A Spirit Burner or lamp is used to sterilize your Scalpel Blade before you cut a wedge from a Petri Dish or a sliver from a mushroom you are about to clone. 

Gypsum 1kg

Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate) is an essential ingredient in the substrate recipes for Oyster and Reishi grow bags.

Hair Net

Contaminations are everywhere, so a Hair Net is necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility. 

Hydrated Lime 1.5kg

Hydrated Lime (Calcium Hydroxide or Water Purification Lime) is used to raise alkalinity and used primarily for cold lime soak method of preparation

Latex Gloves 50 pairs

Examination Gloves are a must when working with fungi - these are Nitrile and Powder Free

***Large gloves out of stock***

Micropore Surgical Tape 24mm x 10m

Micropore is used for covering breathable holes in home made terrariums and master jar lids.

Needle 15 gauge (chipping)

A 15 gauge chipping needle is used to piece the polypropylene tubing that is used for making cylindrical Oyster mushroom grow bags. After packing prepared straw substrate and Oyster mushroom spawn into 330mm polypropylene tubing, wipe the outside of the grow bag with alcohol, then remove the chipping needle from the packaging and piece breathing holes.

Nutrient Plate 60mm

*Current lead time 10 days*

A Nutrient Plate is a Petri Dish with a ready made Nutrient mixture (see recipe below) on which a mycelium culture will be grown.

Over sleeves (each)

Contaminations are everywhere, so Over Sleeves are necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility. 

Overshoes (pair)

Contaminations are everywhere, so Over Shoes are necessary to take every precaution to maintain sterility. 

Parafilm per meter

Parafilm is a flexible paraffin sealing film with a paper backing (10cm wide) and is commonly used for sealing or protecting vessels (such as Petri Dishes). It is a ductile, malleable, waterproof, odorless, translucent and cohesive thermoplastic.

Perlite 2.5 litres

Perlite is used:

  • to aerate substrates
  • to maintain humidity levels
Petri Dishes 65mm Plastic (10 pack)

The Petri Dish is used to contain the Nutrient Plate mixture on which a mycelium culture will be grown.

Petri Dishes are sold in a sterilised pack of 10 and sealed in plastic.

Polypropylene tubing (per meter)

The polypropylene tubing is either 250mm or 330mm wide (when flat) and is 70 microns thick. Tubing is used for Oyster hanging bags and sold per meter.

Pressure Cooker Pressure Gauge 0 to 30 psi

If you would like to convert an off the shelf store bought pressure cooker, you can order and fit the gauges. We offer the Pressure and Temperature gauges.

Pressure gauge: 63mm, 0 to 30 Psi (Pound force per square inch), 1/4" BSP (British Standard Pipe) or 11.8 mm

Pressure Cooker Temperature Gauge 0 to 160 Celcius

If you would like to convert an off the shelf store bought pressure cooker, you can order and fit the gauges. We offer the Pressure and Temperature gauges.

Temperature gauge:  63mm stem length, 6mm stem diameter, 0 to 160 Degrees Celsius, 1/2 inch thread size (18.25 mm)

 

Scalpel Blade Holder No.3

The No. 3 Scalpel Blade Holder is made from stainless steel and the No. 11 Scalpel Blade fits this holder. This is an essential tool and a 'must have'.

Scalpel Blade No.11

The only size we will use is a No. 11 Scalpel Blade. It has a sharp tip and is perfect for cutting wedges from a Petri Dish

A No. 11 Scalpel Blade is individually wrapped, sold individually, is a sterile carbon steel blade and sterilized by Gamma radiation. This blade fits the No.3 Scalpel Blade Holder.

Sorghum 10kg

Sorghum is used as a transfer medium when making grain spawn

Sorghum 5kg

Sorghum is used as a transfer medium for making spawn

Vermiculite 2.5 litres

Vermiculite is used:

  • to aerate substrates
  • to retain moisture
  • to create a casing layer