Spore Solution Resource
Hello there! Welcome to my Spore Solution Info page.
Your spore syringe should be filled with colored liquid. Over time, spores will fall out of solution and naturally clump together. Place your index finger and thumb over the syringe cap and plunger and shake vigorously.
Generally, syringes should have some visible spores. A properly homogenized syringe filled with spore solution will mostly appear as colored water. As time passes, the spores will fall out of solution, and naturally clump together.
This is generally the most confusing stage for beginners to identify. It definitely looks weird, and has its own stages, and I remember it being confusing when I was new, too.
There is a common misconception in the hobby that your spore syringe needs a big, chunky ball of spores in it to be good. The "ideal" syringe lies somewhere between colored water and a little bundle of spores, that will naturally fall out of solution and increase in size over time.
CONTAMINATION CHEAT SHEET
1. Foreign matter in solution is wispy, long, tendrils. Does not easily come apart when shaken, some hangs on to other pieces, and it's generally much harder than you've had to shake for spore clumps. (Bacteria)
2. "Spikes" shooting off in all directions, like an underwater cartoony mine in the ocean. (Bacteria)
3. Chunks, but wispy, like eggs in soup. (Yeast)
4. The matter is white but kinda clear, lofts lazily about like a half-filled balloon, and is tightly holding itself together, even when shaken. Mass, or masses, are symmetrical, generally seems to like being together. There may be more than one of these present, but typically one large one. They are uniform, translucent. (Accidental germination, typically with oysters and lion's mane).
5. Any colors that do not fall in the purple, tan, brown, purple-black spectrum - e.g., greens, bright off-whites, deep yellows. (Discard immediately, keep clear of all your work areas and wash your hands.) Getting someone's mean contam is one of the worst things to try and fix. Do not attempt to identify.
6. Chunks, kind of like #3, but they fall apart easier and sink instantly. (Yeast).
HEALTHY SPORE SYRINGES
7. There are "spongey" clear structures holding together other clumped colored structures. When shaken moderately hard with your finger on the tip of the syringe for 5 seconds, the mass breaks up. They do not sink instantly, but they do not loft lazily about, and they are not filmy or milky.
This is a healthy spore syringe. Spores clump together when in solution. Your colored water syringe will eventually become a clear water syringe with a clump in it. The clumping mechanism can make them appear "contaminated" but when they do that, they are actually super healthy. Treat these like a food item, stored in your fridge, away from light and heat. Use immediately. The beginning stages of clumping and an actual ball being formed are some of the most confusing stages.
8. Syringe is colored water but has "flecks", "flakes", or "dots".
This is a healthy spore syringe.
9. Or, like #8, the syringe has no pieces at all, and is colored water.
This is a healthy spore syringe.
Please contact me at OregonHighSpores@gmail.com if you have difficulty with your samples. Thank you so very much for your interest and please let me know if there's anything I can do to help.