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Offlinezer0mancer
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Simple Dry Tek
    #7176161 - 07/14/07 09:08 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I've been growing for about 3 months now thanks to the fabulous community here and it has been a breeze with the amount of info you guys have provided. I won't say i'm any good at growing, but it's always been very easy for me thanks to the wealth of info here at the shroomery. I rarely get contams, and they occur during colonization if at all.

The biggest challenge I have found is drying. The concept is simple enough and I've read all the chambers for drying, but I've figured out my own way and perhaps you may like it. Enjoy!

1. Get some fresh mushrooms. I pluck mine at the base, and cut it with scissors when the stem starts to broaden at the bottom.

2. Pre-drying. Place them on a plate or other hard or nonstick surface. glass, plates, and foil work well. I use the aluminum lid to food containers. Put the plate in front of a box fan that is blowing room temp air. My fan is in a window blowing fresh air from outside. I like to make sure the air is blowing into the gills. More surface area = faster dry.



3. The dry box. I bought a simple container in the home solutions aisle. You can use any box you like so long as it closes air tight. My box is plastic with a rubber gasket around the top. Other recommended containers include flour and sugar storage containers. Place a jar of DampRid in the box with your mostly dried shrooms, and seal the box.



4. Put your sealed box of boomers inside your incubator until you are ready to get rid of them. After a bit you'll have the driest shrooms you've ever seen!


Quick Review:
1. Get some shrooms.
2. Non-stick surface, in front of fan, blowing cool air.
3. Into an air-tight container with a jar of DampRid.
4. Into an incubator to expedite drying.

Note:

If you don't trust yourself to have an open jar of DampRid with your mushies, you can put a bunch of holes in a lid and put it on the jar. I've knocked the jar over before and it's not pretty to say the least.

Also, make sure you shake up your jar of DampRid every few days. The pellets will start to look wet and they will 'melt' together. Keep them fresh and dry, otherwise it will absorb all the moisture in the top layer and it will quit drying your mushrooms. In fact, I think at that point, the moisture starts getting absorbed by the shrooms again.


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Re: Simple Dry Tek [Re: zer0mancer]
    #7176356 - 07/14/07 09:55 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Good Job:mushroom2::grin::mushroom2:


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Re: Simple Dry Tek [Re: jccc]
    #7176827 - 07/14/07 11:59 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I like it, where do you find DampRid and are there any others that I can substitue in place of the DampRid?

Great Tek.


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Re: Simple Dry Tek [Re: Yenny]
    #7176991 - 07/15/07 12:47 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

lame


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Re: Simple Dry Tek [Re: UltraPorn]
    #7177055 - 07/15/07 01:00 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

cut mushrooms where the base begin to broaden? why its all good mushroom just brush the dirt off the base.


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Re: Simple Dry Tek [Re: elpinoman]
    #7177149 - 07/15/07 01:24 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I use a smaller dry box with Damprid to shorten the time, and if you visit their website they tell you where you can find it.

It's Calcium Chloride and it works really well.

Fanning first is definitely important because you demand less of your DAmprid later on, thus extending its life expectancy and usefulness. Use it only to take the mushrooms from DRY to CRACKER DRY.

It's a good idea to re-dry them now and then if they are exposed to atmospheric moisture. Storage in a dark frost-free freezer is ideal, IMHO.


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