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OfflineKhaosKronik
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Drying in bulk
    #1850212 - 08/26/03 01:33 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Say you were producing 40 to 60 wet lbs a week. Now, a chemical dessicant like dry-z-air that most used with cakes will no longer work because it would take a god awful amount of the stuff. Does anyone know a good mechanical method to dry? Build it or buy it? Any other thoughts on drying? I prefer to eat my stuff wet but its much more difficult to measure dose level.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1850218 - 08/26/03 01:35 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Maybe a commercial food dehydrator?


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1850221 - 08/26/03 01:36 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Set up a drying rack with lots of fans underneight blowing up and have a light shining down. I dunno get creative :laugh: mby use a combination of both. Fan drying/Dessicants


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: ]
    #1850399 - 08/26/03 03:09 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

i have heard of people using 75 watt heat lamps and a slight air flow to dry them in about 24 hours....just a thought.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1850400 - 08/26/03 03:11 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

A fan...and dessicant of some kind to finish the job


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: TxTec]
    #1850486 - 08/26/03 04:11 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)



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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1850756 - 08/26/03 09:40 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

My friend harvests about that much every week. He uses an old dresser which he took the bottoms out of each drawer and replaced them with window screen. He cut a hole in the top in which he mounted a squirrel cage fan. At the bottom he cut a big hole and placed a furnace filter over it cause it gets messy with the dried casing material and spores blowing all over. He loads up the drawers, closes them up, turns on the fan and the load dries in approximately two days. Try it.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1850845 - 08/26/03 11:00 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

get two large boxfans.

prop the fans up by the sides so that they are pointing straight up and have a few inches below them. you want airflow. for the first couple of days, run the fans on high and put your mush ontop of them.

after they are semi dry, they should go into a dessicator of some type to get the rest of the water out. (if it's dry out, like if you live in an aird climate or it's winter time, fan drying alone may be enough).

if you build a large dessicator unit that is completely enclosed but has a small fan inside circulating air, that can dry a large amount pretty fast.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1851041 - 08/26/03 12:25 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

desiccant isn't that expensive and it's well worth drying that much properly.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: GregHimself]
    #1851079 - 08/26/03 12:42 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

"i have heard of people using 75 watt heat lamps and a slight air flow to dry them in about 24 hours....just a thought. "

Do not do this!! Heat kills the potency, as does large amounts of light(or so I've heard)


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1851084 - 08/26/03 12:45 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Air dry real well , and yes 5 lbs of dessicant will finish the job . Yes you may need to replace damp rid before drying another batch , but it will still do the job .
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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: philnweird]
    #1851351 - 08/26/03 02:36 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Wow, so many different dryng methods. I know you can heat a chemical dessicant in the oven to dry it out again, but i don't wanna have to deal with fumes. The idea with the chest of drawers is really great, it even looks sort of inconspicious (at least less so than spreading it out all over the place). I have also heard that light and heat both destroy psilocyben, but i'm not to what extent. As i understand it most psycotropic compounds such as psilocyben and LSD are very unstable and break down easily in light and heat.

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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: KhaosKronik]
    #1851682 - 08/26/03 04:27 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

For $40 at wal-mart AFOAF got a food dehydrator with different temperature settings. The lowest one, 95 degrees is fine for shrooms (probably the higher settings would too, but no reason to risk it.)

It is expandable to 12 racks, but comes with 4. With those 4, it fits a little more than a fresh kilo. Packed that full, I'd allow two days to dry.

So one of these with 12 racks could do ~30 lbs a week. If two of these would work for you, it would be a much simpler and easier solution than trying to construct something and probably moving that many shrooms if you had different stages -- vs. just throwing them in these wet & waiting till they're cracker.


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: Tantalus]
    #1852029 - 08/26/03 06:18 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

tantalus, heat destroys the active chemicals

enough said


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Re: Drying in bulk [Re: Tantalus]
    #1852337 - 08/26/03 07:55 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

The Wal-Mart food dehydrator is the best way to go. The one with the temp gauge works great. In just a day or possibly two at the most you can load up quite a bit. It has different shelving and stuff to spread it out. If you are going to use this though you need to cut the temperature wire or just snip the heat coil so that there is no heat involved. Otherwise you potency will be greatly reduced.


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