REQUIRES 60F TEMPS AND 90% HUMIDITY
We grow both pasteurized and sterilized oyster bags. Our oyster bags are available in gray (sometimes blue tint), yellow, or pink. The pasteurized method uses oyster bags with already existing holes. Pasteurized oyster bag growers need to maintain a clean environment. White suits and air-locks are not require, but pasteurized oyster bags may not do so well in a musky basement or garage.
There are 4 key components to growing oyster bags. Proper temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and cleanliness. Oysters thrive in cool wet conditions. Between 58-60F and 80-90% humidity. The humidity required for oyster bags is difficult and needs to be adjusted at the grower’s discretion. Even experienced oyster growers can make mistakes at this stage. Cracked and dry oysters are a result of low humidity, however too much and the results can be bacteria blotch and disease. CO2 levels are more flexible, anywhere in the 600-1000 ppm range is acceptable. A clean environment is also needed. Our farms thoroughly clean each oyster bag room between batches. If the proper conditions are maintained, customers can expect to get a bountiful harvest of oyster mushrooms.
Our oyster bags don’t require any action to the actual bag itself. The farmer just needs to ensure the environment stays ideal. There is no soaking or opening of the bag required. Sterilized oyster bags will require a few small holes to be punctured. After receiving the bags, expect mushrooms in 7-10 days. Flushes with oyster bags are more staggered compared to a shiitake log. A second flush might occur on an oyster bag within a few days to over a week. We typically pick only 2 flushes off the oyster bags until we compost them. Some customers leave them in for multiple weeks, reporting 3 or even 4 flushes of mushrooms off of our oyster bag.