Agar CultKit™

£14.95

Malt Extract AgarPots™ for beginners and the experienced

Working with gourmet spores? Agar will ensure the highest success rate possible and contaminant-free mushroom spawn.

Agar isn’t just versatile, it’s very efficient so you’ll only ever need a droplet or two of gourmet spore solution to get enough mycelium growth to inoculate SpawnTubs

…And considering there are between 20-30 droplets of water in a single millilitre, even a small syringe will go far!

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Description
Included
  • 3 x AgarPots™
  • Sterile Scalpel
  • 3 x Chlorhexidine Clinell Wipes
  • IncuTub™
What is an IncuTub™?

A sterile incubation tub which will allow your AgarPots™ to colonise within a clean yet breathable environment. When it comes to opening the AgarPots™ to access the mushroom culture, feel confident that contaminants aren’t falling on top. A smarter method born during our Winter innovation break of 2020.

Advice

It is possible to steam sterilise the scalpels for re-use but it may be easier to just purchase more from us if you need.

Agar recipe
  • Agar-Agar
  • Light Malt Extract (LME)
  • Distilled Water
What is agar?

Put simply, it’s a game changer and one of the most powerful products we have available on Cylocybe.com

Why is agar king?

Agar will allow you to seperate healthy mycelium from contamination, grow as many mushrooms as you want from a single droplet of gourmet mushroom spores, clone your favourite mushrooms for their desired traits, strain isolation, long term storage and more.

How to inoculate the agar?

There are many ways to do this; one is to inject a droplet of gourmet spore solution via the injection port, another is to open the AgarPot lid within a SAB and drop a piece of mushroom tissue for cloning etc.

How to inoculate grain spawn with agar?

Once you are can see enough healthy mycelium growth, simply pop the lid off within a SAB and transfer a freshly cut mycelium wedge directly into Rye SpawnTubs if you like! We recommend purchasing the new Cylocybe Special XL or XXL Mushroom CultKit for this, they go hand in hand.

Using gourmet spores?

Traditionally, the main difference between the beginner and experienced cultivation routes go like this:

Beginners: Spores -> Spawn / Substrate -> Mushrooms
Experienced: Spores -> Agar -> Spawn -> Substrate -> Mushrooms

One of the reasons experienced cultivators go from spores to agar first is so they don’t waste their time, effort or hard earned money on a contaminated grow. Beginners deserve this same level of success too. It’s our responsibility to make this happen and show how much better grow kits can really be than what’s out there on the scene.

The CultKit™ philosophy

Our new philosophy is that beginners should learn real skills from the get go. Not inject a grow kit and hope for the best, but to actually create their own success. Traditional grow kits do not teach proper techniques; they can be slow, fragile and have little flexibility in resolving issues such as contamination. Experienced cultivators tend to avoid grow kits because of these reasons. CultKit™ aims to turn the traditional grow kit on it’s head to deliver higher end cultivation kits which mirror real techniques being used in the cultivation scene for years.

Our customers will learn the fundamentals of kick-ass mushroom cultivation from the beginning, save time getting there and hopefully spread the word in opting for better mushroom kits over the typical ones.

Why’s this product better than the traditional Petri dish?
  1. Unlike petri dishes, each AgarPot™ has a single injection port and HEPA air filter meaning there’s much less chance of contamination landing on the agar during inoculation
  2. Traditional petri dishes use parafilm tape to keep the lids closed, ours do not and will save time and mess
  3. Our AgarPots are made of polypropylene and are thus reusable, unlike polystyrene petri dishes which will melt within a pressure cooker / autoclave
What else can be achieved with agar?

Make liquid culture the proper way from spores
Spores -> Agar -> Liquid Culture

Cloning a mushroom you’ve already grown
Mushroom -> Agar -> Spawn -> Substrate -> Cloned Mushrooms

Working from contaminated gourmet spore syringe
Spores -> Agar -> Agar -> Spawn -> Substrate -> Mushrooms

Spores to Grain to Grain (G2G) Transfers:
Spores -> Agar -> Spawn -> More Spawn

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  1. Q After you've introduced gourmet spore droplets, what temperature would an agar pot need to be kep...... Read more answer now
    Asked on 24th February 2021 10:58 am
    A

    Great question! If you are able to go up to 26C then that would show fast results. But really anywhere from 20C would still be quick. 

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