Phase I – Pre-fermentation
During the pre-fermentation phase, straw, chicken dung, gypsum, process water and water are blended. This process takes one week. Subsequently, horse manure and water are mixed in, and fermentation begins. It proceeds at a temperature of approx. 80°C and takes one week.
During this phase, the substrate is pasteurised. To achieve this, the damp mixture is heated to approx. 60°C for 8 hours. Afterwards it is cooled down and conditioned at approx. 48°C. These procedures take about one week.
During this phase, the substrate is injected with mushroom spawn. The subsequent colonisation process takes about two weeks.
In the next two weeks, the mycelium grows through the casing soil and then forms hyphal knots. During this period, the crates are given between 20 and 60 litres of water per square metre. Afterwards, the crates are dispatched to the mushroom growers.
During this phase, the substrate is pasteurised. To achieve this, the damp mixture is heated to approx. 60°C for 12 hours. Afterwards it is cooled down and conditioned at approx. 40°C. These procedures take about one week.
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