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OfflineJesus_v2
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You know what, I gotta ask...
    #2914756 - 07/22/04 03:55 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I let my mushrooms dry our over crinkly tin foil so that air can get under, is that a problem?! to let them just air dry?! I dont use any fancy methods and theirs no info letting me know under faqs :frown:


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Re: You know what, I gotta ask... [Re: Jesus_v2]
    #2914838 - 07/22/04 05:14 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

That will work to some degree, you want the mushrooms to be dry as possible, "cracker dry" is a term frequently used. Even a fan on them would help alot more, it would help to follow up with desiccant, it isn't very expensive. You should check Drying/storing for more information.


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Re: You know what, I gotta ask... [Re: Jesus_v2]
    #2915117 - 07/22/04 09:07 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

At least use screening. I once took one of the screens out of one of my windows, propped it up between a couple of things and turned the ceiling fan on high. It will do in a pinch.

You will want to invest in building some kind of drying chamber that you can use dessicant with. It really helps. Like the FAQs say, 24 hours air dry w/fan, 24 hours with the dessicant.

I build one using an opaque rubbermaid bin, some 1x3s, a roll of vinyl screening and a 6" fan. I cut a hole on the lid for the fan, wrapped a little duct tape around the fan to cut down on vibration, cut some 1/2" holes toward the top of the bin and made 3 stackable shelves with the screening and 1x3s. Its been very effective and cost me about $30 to put together. Well worth it because last crop I lost due to mold due to trying to let them air dry. 2 ounces of molded shrooms - very disappointing.

You can get a dessicant like DampRid at a hardware store or sometimes Walmart. However, due to the growing season winding down my local Walmart is out of it for the year.


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Re: You know what, I gotta ask... [Re: cyndyl]
    #2915558 - 07/22/04 12:43 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

sorry to jack ya thread, but skip the fan and straight dess icant cool ?


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Re: You know what, I gotta ask... [Re: JaRRn]
    #2915720 - 07/22/04 01:30 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I think you could do that too. However, I go through about a complete container every couple of days so I'd prefer to take out as much moisture as possible before finishing with the dissicant.
with respect - Cyndyl


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Re: You know what, I gotta ask... [Re: Jesus_v2]
    #2915740 - 07/22/04 01:36 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

just get a food dehydrator as long as you dont get the heat near 190 f you will not lose any potency
I got one on ebay for 15.99 USD


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