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OfflinePier25
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Mushroom color when drying
    #1966213 - 09/30/03 03:42 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Hi to everyone.

I have recently harvested my first flush of Stropharia Cubensis. I've read a lot of FAQs and posts but I still have one question about drying.

I've put the mushies on a grid with a fan at low speed in a room with no light. After about 60 hours they are getting drier but a green-blue color is appearing on the bigger ones. It's not a very deep color but I'm a newbie and I don't know if this is normal or what. When I harvested the mushrooms I cut the base to get rid of the vermiculite. The strongest color is on the base, where I cut.

Well... if this is normal I think anyone who has growed stropharia can tell me what's happening.

Is this blue-green color normal? Will I get sick after eating my mushrooms?

Regards

Pier



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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: Pier25]
    #1966258 - 09/30/03 03:56 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

they should be pretty dry after that much fan time.

the bluing is normal, as long as the whole thing isn't turning color. a little mottling is a good sign in my opinion.

how's the humidity where you live?


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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: ]
    #1966320 - 09/30/03 04:13 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Hi mushmaster :wink:

Thanks for the answer.

I live in BArcelona, near the sea... here we have a 60-70% natural humidity in the air. But those last days its been rainig and maybe the humidity is higher.


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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: Pier25]
    #1966393 - 09/30/03 04:36 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

as MM said, the bluing-greening is natural
thats the active chemicals within the mushroom thats showing thru.

its much the same with a cake that dries out, the mycelium starts turning bluish. drying fruitbodies does the same.

and likewise as MM said, that should be plenty of time in front of the fan.
if they are still flexible and dont snap when you try to bend them, then its time you constructed a dessicant chamber.

good luck, congrats, and hope to see you here more often in the future. =)

-jb


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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: dysphoria]
    #1966652 - 09/30/03 06:04 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

my cat lives in a dry environment. When he fan dried there was no visible bluing of any part of the mushroom. Handle them as little as possible.


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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: Pier25]
    #1966671 - 09/30/03 06:12 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

if it's been raining, the humidity is close to 100%, and unless you've got the AC running inside, there's no way those mushies are going to get dry under a fan.

it sounds to me like your mushrooms are taking far too long to dry.

how do they look now? are the getting plenty shrivelled up or are they still plump and heavy? is the blue color confined to just little patches or is it all over the mushrooms?


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Re: Mushroom color when drying [Re: ]
    #1968892 - 10/01/03 10:08 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Hi all, thanks for the replies

The mushrooms can be bent without breaking but are gettin drier each day. The green-blue color is only at two or three mushrooms, the bigger ones. The others are getting grey as the ones I have taken on the past.

Now I have the mushrooms in a plastic structure with a disecant on the bottom. Evrything enclosed in a bag of plastic. Is this right?



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