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Offlineinnernetter
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Cat litter?
    #2325124 - 02/11/04 06:56 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Just picked up some Silica sand in cat litter form, I couldn't find silica gel, will it be as effective in drying?


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: innernetter]
    #2325436 - 02/11/04 08:06 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I don't know. Damp rid is available at most hardware stores.


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: innernetter]
    #2325526 - 02/11/04 08:32 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I don't think so, I doubt very much that it is a very strong dessicant if a cat has to stick its posterior (how quaint) in it :smile:


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: utopianglory]
    #2325574 - 02/11/04 08:47 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

lol dont use that...goto home depot and get damprid...


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: innernetter]
    #2325806 - 02/12/04 04:52 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

>Just picked up some Silica sand in cat litter form, I couldn't find silica gel, will it be as effective in drying?

Reportedly yes.
Always pre-dry the mushrooms with a fan for 24 hours before end drying with desiccant.


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: Anno]
    #2326015 - 02/12/04 09:47 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

yeah, i've hooked up a computer fan. If I leave it there any longer will it dry MORE or is that just all the fan can do?


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: innernetter]
    #2326212 - 02/12/04 11:52 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

>If I leave it there any longer will it dry MORE
Sure. The key is to find a good ratio between pre drying is sufficiently so your desiccant isn't exhausted immediately, and exposing them to oxygen for a long time.
I don?t dry them longer than 2 days with a fan, usually 1 day is enough(depends on the air relative humidity which varies)


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: Anno]
    #2326717 - 02/12/04 02:20 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I have found that I am able to dry mushrooms to a cracker dry state with a computer fan at room temperature, within a few days.

Is there any reason to use dessicant in combination with less fan drying, or is this fan drying not a problem? rh in the room is quite low, which I think is contributing to the fan working so well


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Re: Cat litter? [Re: innernetter]
    #2326745 - 02/12/04 02:27 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

yeah if you RH in the place you live is like beloew 40% you should be alrgith with a str8 fran, but the Silica ghel catt litter works pretty well imo


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