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Offlinechewie
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weird colors while drying???
    #2194162 - 12/21/03 06:47 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

after harvesting my little beauties, i dry them on a window fan lying down across 2 books, blowing up, in my attic. i've never had any problems doing it this way, but the past few days they've been getting a dark color throughout the stems. i can't really tell if it's green or just dark blue. my question is this: my attic is not heated, so even though the air is constantly moving past them, since it's dark and pretty cold up there, could they be getting moldy? i only leave them up there for 24 hours max, then move them to a drying chamber with dessicant. anyone have any suggestions or experiences with this?


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: chewie]
    #2194173 - 12/21/03 06:52 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

It may just be the blueing reaction. If i was you though, i would move them from the attic, to a place where they will get more fresh air. Sun drying I've heard works well too. Peace.


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: chewie]
    #2195038 - 12/22/03 05:09 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

indeed, it must be the blueing reaction. some straisn blue easier than others.


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: chewie]
    #2196352 - 12/22/03 08:29 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

try using a cooling rack (like ones used for cookies) instead of books, the moisture needs to dissapate from the fruits as quickly as possible. Stick to drying in the dark as well.


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: RespectTheFungus]
    #2197260 - 12/23/03 08:13 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Never use sun drying. You make the mushrooms almost inactive. Learn you shit dude. You cant sun dry shrooms.


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: chewie]
    #2197317 - 12/23/03 09:33 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Powder a couple vitamin C tablets (Ascorbic acid) in a cup of water and dunk the shrooms before drying.This will prevent oxidation.Dry in the shade of course!


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Re: weird colors while drying??? [Re: theshiftingwalls]
    #2197721 - 12/23/03 02:07 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Shifting Walls, I have sun dried cubies for years and they lost no potency.

Here are a few pictures of P. cubes drying in the sun.





These are outdoors on Koh Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand (Siam)

I have more larger images if you wish to see them. The sticks are to keep the paper on the ground so as not to blow away while I am out somewhere else collecting even more shrooms.

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