Growing Shrooms with Popcorn Tek

Growing Shrooms with Popcorn Tek

How to grow magic mushrooms?

That is one of the most prevalent questions in the magic mushroom community. There are different cultivation methods and grow teks circulating online. When done properly, these grow teks can be successful. But how do you know which is the right tek for you?

It’s important to learn as much as you can about each grow tek. This article looks at the ins and outs of the Popcorn Tek.

Using Popcorn Tek to Grow Shrooms

Popcorn Tek is not as popular as the other methods because some growers, especially novices, believe shrooms do not colonize as nicely on popcorn as they do on rye. On the other hand, people who have perfected this technique swear by its effectiveness and ease.

Popcorn Tek is a stress-free, cheap, and accessible method for growing grain spawn for different kinds of magic mushrooms. This guide is a step-by-step process for beginners who want to grow their own magic mushrooms using popcorn as grain spawn.

Popcorn Tek Supplies and Equipment

Don’t be confused. The items listed here are for the inoculation phase only. More items will be added in the other steps:

  • Pressure cooker
  • Wide-mouthed jars, 1 quart each
  • Scotch tape
  • Polyfill – this is stuffing inside pillows
  • Latex gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Strainer
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lighter
  • Lysol (air sanitizer and deodorizer)
  • Spore syringes with spores from your favorite specimen
  • Alcohol lamp or Bunsen burner

Making Grain Spawn Out of Popcorn

Making Grain Spawn Out of Popcorn

After preparing the supplies, the first thing to do is to soak 2 bags of popcorn. Put two bags of uncooked popcorn in a big bowl and fill it up with water until it reaches a height of two inches above the top level of the popcorn. Allow the uncooked popcorn to soak for a whole 24 hours. These two bags of popcorn will be enough to fill at least 6 jars.

While soaking your popcorn, prepare the jars for the succeeding steps. Poke 2 holes into the lids – a large one at the center followed by a smaller one towards the edge. This can be done by carefully hammering a nail or drilling them with a screwdriver.

The large hole in the center is intended for polyfill. This will allow gas exchange as CO2 escapes the jar without letting contaminants in. The smaller hole is for the spore syringe.

Stuff the polyfill in the center hole and put a piece of scotch tape over the smaller, inoculation hole. Some people prefer using micropore tape over this hole to make it more porous.

After letting the popcorn soak for 24 hours, dump them into a strainer and rinse them off quickly. Put the soaked popcorn into a pot filled with fresh water to about 2 inches over the top of the popcorn. Put the uncovered pot on top of the stove, turn on the stove, and bring the water to a boil.

Make sure it stays at a low boil for 40 minutes. Stir every now and then to prevent any popcorn at the bottom of the pot from burning.

After 40 minutes, check a couple of the corns. You’d know they’re ready if the corns can be easily squished between your fingers. Once the corns have achieved this softness and texture, turn off the stove, and strain the hot popcorn. Mix them around for 15 to 20 minutes until all water is drained, and the corns are dry to the touch. The goal here is to prevent excess water from getting into the jars.

Fill each jar be 2/3 to the brim then close the lid. Once all the jars are ready, cover them with heavy duty aluminum foil.

Place the jars inside the pressure cooker and start cooking. Wait until the pressure gauge gets up to 15psi and start the timer for 50 minutes. After the allotted time, turn off the heat and allow the jars to cool off overnight.

Inoculating Popcorn Grain Spawn

While the jars are cooling, prepare the work area. Spray the area with Lysol to kill any microbes. After the jars are nice and cool, you can finally inoculate the popcorn. You will need the following supplies:

  • Jars filled with pop corn
  • Scotch tape
  • Lighter
  • Folded up paper towel
  • Spore syringe with the caps still on
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer

Be mindful of cleanliness and sterility from this point onwards to avoid contamination which will ruin the shrooms. Wipe surfaces using paper towels wet with alcohol. Clean your hands with hand sanitizer, let them dry, and put on the gloves.

Grab the syringe and shake it hard for a minute to get the spores to spread out in the syringe and to break apart any spore clumps. Light a fire and heat the needle from the syringe by placing it close to the fire until it becomes red hot. Let the needle cool until it is no longer red then puncture the scotch tape in your first jar. Aim the needle towards the jar’s inner side. Inject only 2mL of liquid from the spore syringe.

Remove the syringe and cover the hole you just punctured with a new layer of scotch tape. Set that jar aside and repeat the process until you have inoculated all the jars or until you have consumed your spores.

After completing all the jars, place them in a closet where they can stay away from sun exposure and benefit from a low temperature environment. Keep the temperature around 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mycelium should start forming in 5 to 14 days. Observe their growth and development until the jars are 70% filled with mycelium. Shake them side to side to allow the mycelium to spread throughout the jar. After colonizing the entire jar, wait 5 more days just to be sure that the corns in the middle are colonized as well.

Inoculating Substrate with Popcorn Grain Spawn

Inoculating Substrate with Popcorn Grain Spawn

You can choose any substrate which you find convenient and effective. Some of the most popular substrate choices are sawdust, wood chips, and rye as long as they are pasteurized. Assuming you have multiple jars covered with mycelium, you can empty them into a large plastic tub filled with your chosen substrate. Shake the corns around just to mix the corns in with the substrate.

After 10 days, the tub will be filled with mycelium. Introduce fresh air every now and then by leaving the tubs out in a room that has some natural light in it three times a day for 30 minutes each. The goal is to introduce fresh air, and get rid of the CO2. Don’t worry too much about contamination because at this point, the mycelium are no longer as fragile.

After a few weeks, you will see the shrooms forming inside the bin. They’ll start out as pins but will later grow into big, adult magic mushrooms.

magic mushrooms

Growing your own shrooms is a fun experience but not everyone has the time, and resources to invest in growing shrooms. A good alternative would be magic truffle growing kits.

Online shops such as Truffle Magic offer different species of magic truffle grow kits with varied effects to suit your needs. Order magic truffle grow kits online today!

3 Responses to “Growing Shrooms with Popcorn Tek”

  1. Jake Woehrle 13th October 2020 at 22:26 #

    How many quart jars does this yield? What size are the bags of popcorn being used?

  2. Scott 20th August 2019 at 00:37 #

    There is absolutely no need for any light in the process. The only thing light does is give the mushrooms an indication of which way to grow.

  3. Shroomarican 14th January 2018 at 22:48 #

    Spawning the colonized popcorn to coco coir and mabey some added earthworm castings for nutes, (nutrients). Using a 6000K Light bulb helps the mycellium go into fruiting mode, 12hrs Light, 12hrs dark. That’s the theory anyway, or at least the basics for cubes, at least… -Shroomarican

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