Autoclave for Mushroom Cultivation
Pressure cookers and canning pots are great ways to get started with mushroom cultivation.
But sooner or later, it’s time for something purpose-built.
You can take a chance on secondhand or off-brand equipment… Or you can step up your mushroom production with a lab-grade vertical autoclave from SH Scientific.
Unlike using a pressure cooker, there’s no mess, no hassle, and no need for a stovetop.
Safe & Accurate
Originally designed for biomedical use, our autoclaves add the top class performance for mushroom growers, mycology tools & supply stores, and mushroom-based ingredient businesses.
- Trustworthy grain sterilization thanks to temperature stability of just ± 1°C at 121°C.
- Rapid heating and efficient shape to produce more in limited space and time.
- Safer use with standard features like automatic door locking and water level detection.
- Streamlined workflow thanks to a digital controller and timer (auto-stop after sterilization is completed).
- Efficient electricity use for affordable operation and long-run cost savings.
- Versatile configurations of 60L, 100L, or 150L capacity and 220V power.
The vertical (top-loading) design is ideal for mid-scale commercial production as well as home and small-scale use.
Its cylindrical chamber maximizes sterilization volume—perfect when space is at a premium.
Unlike using a pressure cooker,
there’s no mess, no hassle, and no need for a stovetop.
SH Scientific Autoclaves for Mushroom Cultivation
How to Cultivate Mushrooms with an Autoclave
Nationwide, we’re eating more and more mushrooms every single year. Not just the bland, soggy ones from the corner store, either. We’re talking specialty types like oyster, shiitake, even maitake and lion’s mane.
And it’s surprisingly easy to get started—provided you’ve got the right equipment. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare your first batch.
1. As usual, decide which type of mushroom you’ll cultivate.
2. Prepare the grain (typically rye berry, millet, wheat, or corn) by soaking it for 24 hours, then cleaning and drying it.
3. Place the grain in jars or grow bags with an air filter patch and injection port.
4. Load the jars or bags in an SH Scientific vertical autoclave for sterilization.
5. Set the autoclave’s timer as your batch size dictates. A typical range is 1-2 hours at 121°C and 15 psi.
6. Inoculate the sterilized grain via grain spawn transfer, agar tissue culture transfer, or liquid inoculation with a syringe.
7. Wait a few days as the grain gets fully colonized with mycelium and develops mushroom spawn.
8. Mix the grain spawn with the pasteurized substrate, and sit back as it grows into big, flavorful mushrooms!