Mushroom Bucket Preparation


I purchased a few 3 gallon buckets with lids from my local store. 5 gallon buckets can also be used. If you can find used ones with lids, great! But make sure there hasn’t been any toxic materials stored in them previously.
(Tip: Some fast food businesses throw away their buckets they receive food in.)

I also opted for the 3 gallon buckets over the 5 gallon for faster colonization times, so keep that in mind as well.

I drilled 1/2″ holes with an an electric drill 5-6 inches apart around the bucket, including holes on the bottom of the bucket for drainage. Clean any uneven plastic around the freshly drilled holes with a blade. Clean out any plastic shavings, spray down with isopropyl alcohol, and place transpore tape over each hole. The buckets are now ready to be filled with pasteurized straw and the colonized grain jars!

Drilling Bucket Video: