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Drying off fresh shrooms
    #2967758 - 08/05/04 02:12 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I have 5 cakes pinning right now,I'm a newb at all this but this has been my first attempt  :smile: Anyway,I have a few questions for you pros out there.After I pick them off,what's a good way to dry them off? and how long does it take.Also about aborts,should I just take out the ones that stopped growing right away? I know to look for any odd colors and such...but again I'm no vetaran at this.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2967775 - 08/05/04 02:18 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

The simplest way is to use a computer fan to air dry them. Takes from 24-48 hours to dry them, depending on the humidity in the air.
Read this to see how to setup a fan:
http://www.shroomery.org/index/par/24222

Optionally you can end dry them using a desiccant.

Read this for more information:
http://www.shroomery.org/index/par/3337

>Also about aborts,should I just take out the ones that stopped growing right
>away?

Yes.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2967824 - 08/05/04 02:35 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Aborts should be picked off as soon as they are recognizied. As far as drying Fan drying is best for getting the majority of the moisture out. Some people strickly fan dry and it works great unless it's humid then drying with a dessicant dryer is necessary, a cheap excellent dessicant dryer is the spaceage cat litter (silica gel) and it's so easy to get. There are of course Dryrite and other commercial dessicants but they are more spendy and IMHO not worth the extra effort to obtain. I personally fan dry off initial moisture 75%+ then place them into a enclosed recirculating dessicant dryer system which I call the "Borg" it keeps the shrooms from oxidizing any further and gets them "cracker dry" in 24hrs. unless it's filled to capacity then 36hrs. is usually what it takes. One thing to remember is do not use heat at all to dry it is a enemy of psilocybin and psilocin and really is not necessary (to use heat) :wink: GL



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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: hyphae]
    #2967880 - 08/05/04 02:47 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Far out  looking Pic :thumbup:





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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: KaptKid]
    #2967995 - 08/05/04 03:15 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

^^^ that thing looks like it should take off lol


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2968242 - 08/05/04 04:05 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

where can I get this silica gel at? and also I want to dry the shrooms very secretly.I live with my brother,and i share a fucking room with him and also my mom and stepdad,and oh yeah did I mention my stepfather is a cop.Yes,I am insane for attempting all of this.But my parents never snoop around,I wouln't be doing all of this If i couldnt pull it off.Hey I got this far...


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2968497 - 08/05/04 04:57 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Any pet should have silica gel cat litter. At least the ones around here do. :wink:


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: hyphae]
    #2968598 - 08/05/04 05:20 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Or use epsom salt. It's dirt cheap. :thumbup:


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2968603 - 08/05/04 05:21 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

thanks,I'll check some pet stores out.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Liquid_Dimension]
    #2968618 - 08/05/04 05:27 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I may get yelled at for this but I am using a modified food dehydrator.

My old food dehydrator never worked worth a flip because it never exceeded 85 - 90 degrease (1980's model)

I added a 109cfm fan to it put my stuff in it and turn it on. Heat, Fan, and all. It takes 24 hours to dry to cracker stage. (Assuming you have 1 full tray out of 4. I have not gotten more than 1 full tray. I have noticed no loss of potency! I figure if it can survive the 200+ degree temp of boiling water to make tea it can handle 85-90 degrees.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: Cyber]
    #2968954 - 08/05/04 06:31 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

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I may get yelled at for this but I am using a modified food dehydrator.

My old food dehydrator never worked worth a flip because it never exceeded 85 - 90 degrease (1980's model)

I added a 109cfm fan to it put my stuff in it and turn it on. Heat, Fan, and all. It takes 24 hours to dry to cracker stage. (Assuming you have 1 full tray out of 4. I have not gotten more than 1 full tray. I have noticed no loss of potency! I figure if it can survive the 200+ degree temp of boiling water to make tea it can handle 85-90 degrees.


Just so you are on the same page you will need to understand once shrooms are dried then heat has little effect over the rather short time it takes to make tea. And you say you noticed no difference well I'll tell ya you are the first one that I've heard that couldn't tell the difference, I have personally noticed a difference when I used mine dehydrator to dry some shrooms for friends which none of them got off as well as me. After they are dried then heat is not a big deal. Also 85-90 is not hot at all so your right there that will have little effect on psilocybin/psilocin degradation, UV rays (sunlight) will have more influence.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: hyphae]
    #2969069 - 08/05/04 07:13 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

that's a killer dehydrator dcyans. what are its components? is that just a fan pushing the dessicant air around? details would be nice, i'd like to make me one of those.


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: hyphae]
    #2969235 - 08/05/04 08:02 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I may have just lucked out and got one with a crappy heating element. But it works, and did not cost squat. :thumbup:


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: TODAY]
    #2969357 - 08/05/04 08:31 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

breakdown:


The system consists of a wicker paperplate holder (works awesome) A 120mm brushless axial fan in the top, holes are heated through with a wood burning tool also. It uses spaceage cat litter (silica gel). That 2in. tape may look tacky but i've found it to work the best and no stretch so it keeps things sealed tightly together. This really comes in handy during the humid summers. It's also very important to always predry with a fan first to get rid of the majority of water before using desiccants this saves bigtime on your desiccant! :wink:


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Re: Drying off fresh shrooms [Re: hyphae]
    #2970349 - 08/06/04 01:00 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Hey Anno, for the computer fan technique, do you just set the shrooms where the fan blows?? I've never dried shrooms yet.


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