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Damp Rid vs. Epson Salts ?
    #418255 - 10/08/01 03:01 PM (15 years, 21 days ago)

My first few little batches of babies were dried with Damp Rid. I've read where people usually use fans for 24 hours or so, but I put them straight in the drying chamber. I didn't have a fan handy, plus I didn't want the goodies sitting out where everyone would see them. Starting to rethink this, as drying has become a problem.
The DampRid got juicy really quick, and I went through a whole box in a week. I tried the re-use thing, baking it and breaking it back up. Well, it was some kind of gross coming out of the oven. All this sloppy, gooey funk that I have to dispose of. Is this stuff safe for my septic tank? I was running out with a hot pan, trying to get the goo out of there. Then I still had this gross hunk of stuff to break up, etc... Just seemed a lot of work and mess, and I didn't manage to bring the stuff back to what the original consistency was. Maybe I'm missing a step or doing something wrong. Does anyone else have these problems?
Anyways, over the weekend I picked up some epson salts and started trying it yesterday. I put it on a cookie sheet in a fine layer and cooked it at 400 for 1 hour. It seemed all nice and dry, but I had to beat it with a hammer, as it was chunky. The white powder goes everywhere, the kids want to know what the hell I'm doing...not perfect so far. Well, I've had shrooms in with the salts for close to 24 hours, and it seems they are drying much slower than with the Damp Rid. This morning I cooked up some more salt, thinking that maybe I didn't have enough in the chamber. Just checked at lunch time, and I am still not getting cracker dry, even the teenies that would have been done by now with the Damp Rid. They still seem to be drying much slower than before. If I remember right, drying slowly will decrease potency, right? I really would prefer to use the salts, but feel like I'm overlooking something or doing something wrong. Can anyone see a problem with my method, or offer any advice?

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Re: Damp Rid vs. Epson Salts ? [Re: babyshroom]
    #418315 - 10/08/01 04:01 PM (15 years, 21 days ago)

Is your chamber set up so that the dessicant is on some mesh or something above the bottom of the container? That way, the water will have a place to collect besides in the dessicant.

I would recommend Drierite. It is very reusable, expensive but reusable and more efficient than salt or damp rid. Try drierite.com.

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Re: Damp Rid vs. Epson Salts ? [Re: babyshroom]
    #418344 - 10/08/01 04:35 PM (15 years, 21 days ago)

"Maybe I'm missing a step or doing something wrong. Does anyone else have these problems?"

Well, it would be quicker if you dried it a bit with a fan first, but it's still doable! It may look like your damp-rid's taking-up more water than the magnesium sulfate(epsom salts), but it just appears that way, because it turns mushy easier than magnesium sulfate. If I was you, I'd use a small computer fan from radio shack, then continue using the epsom salts, because it doesn't react with the air and get oxidized as easy as calcium chloride. Have you considered that the slow drying might invite decomposition? I bought a cheap beef-jerky maker at Wal-Fart and jerky preservative/flavor mix, which I mixed with crushed shrooms. It actually tasted good, and the potency was more than fine for me! Good "luck" and peace!

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