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Intrinsically No Good

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    #73813 - 02/08/00 08:48 PM (23 years, 9 months ago)

from what i've heard, dessicant doesn't reuse very well. is gets all yucky when you bake it. the best way to get the longest use out of dessicant, is to first fan dry the shrooms. set them on a fan on low, this will get most the water out. i don't even use dessicant anymore. also, if you put the dessicant in a bowl, and poke a whole in the bottom, and put tape or mesh over it, it'll let the water drip out. that'll help a lot.

with perlite, just keep adding water. it lasts a while. i've noticed that after a while, it doesn't work as well. i don't know if it needs cleaned or not, but i just dumped it. it's cheap enough.


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    #73815 - 02/09/00 10:45 AM (23 years, 9 months ago)


[This message has been edited by Psychonaut (edited January 08, 2001).]


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    #73816 - 02/09/00 01:47 PM (23 years, 9 months ago)

Perlite should be backed for one hour in a pan at about 350F. This will sterilize and evaporate the water and cause the porosity to return to the perlite.

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    #73817 - 02/09/00 09:33 PM (23 years, 9 months ago)

If you first fan dry your mushrooms for 10-20 hours a small amount of dessicant (1/2 cup) will last for many, many dozens of mushrooms.

Dessicant may be cheap, but there is no reason to be wasteful, first allow them to rapidly dry to the ambiant humidity (using a small fan, such as those found in power computer power supplies) then finish them off by leaving them in a dessicant chamber.

I use a small cardboard box (5x8x8 inches) with a cutout on one side in which I have mounted a salvaged power supply fan (4 inches square). On the other side of the box I've cut several vent holes, about 5 square inches worth. The freshly harvested mushrooms are placed on the bottom of the box and the flaps are closed and the fan turned on. In less than 10 hours they have been dried to the ambiant humidity. The are then transfered to one of those round metal fruitcake tins with about 1/4 inch layer of Damp-Rid on the bottom and a small plastic dish in the middle. After a day or two there all remaining moisture has been removed (to the maximum extent that Damp-Rid will remove the humidity), and they can be transfered to the storage medium.

This one 1/4 layer of damp-rid has lasted most of a year (although it is beginning to stick together now and could be replaced at anytime).

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    #73818 - 02/10/00 06:37 PM (23 years, 9 months ago)

As far as the dessicant goes, I've been using the same batch for well over a year. I have mine in alumimum pie pans. And usually after ever harvest I'll put a pan into the microwave for 6-10 minutes. Usually it only needs 6, but when the harvest is good...ya got more water to get rid of;-)

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