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Offlinejim_dewit
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Home Grown vs Purchased
    #819710 - 08/16/02 08:30 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

My mushroom growing is coming along, and tomorow I will be eating my own mushrooms for the first time, with 4 other people.

What ive noticed is, my dried ready to consume mushrooms look a lot different than what Ive bought in the past.

My dried mushrooms are fairly small. And they shrivel up very tightly, and appear to have a tough skin. On the other hand, mushrooms that ive purchased in the past seem larger, but like they appear sort of puffed up, and have a very fibris quality to them.

Are my mushrooms just smaller, or is there more to this story? And can I expect my mushrooms to be more potent?


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #819728 - 08/16/02 08:35 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

maybe the drying method is different


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #819738 - 08/16/02 08:38 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

home grown shrooms are usually more potent because they've been handled less and exposed to less light. it really depends on your strain and the drying method employed. i've found that many people who deal are growing for the weightiest shrooms. this means they let them grow until the veil breaks and you see gills (major loss of potency) and then they only dry them until they seem to be dry although they could use a few more days in the drying chamber. anything to up the weight. anyway, i've tripped great off of big beautiful shrooms and i've tripped just as well off or gnarly, shrivelled little mutants. what strain is it by the way?


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #819747 - 08/16/02 08:41 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Why dry them out at all if you grew them yourself? Shrooms are more potent when they are fresh. Ya should just pick them suckas and munch 'em down.


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: telefunkenU47]
    #819756 - 08/16/02 08:43 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

The strain is B+.

I couldnt find any desicant, so my drying method is basically leaving them on a plate for a week. Its fairly hot here so after a week the shrooms are fairly hard.

Hehe yeah itd be nice to eat them fresh, but I just started growing and I want to put some in the freezer for exactly an occasion like this, where I need more shrooms than I could provide fresh.


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #819775 - 08/16/02 08:52 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

I usually keep mine in the fridge not in the freezer. If you put them all in an open baggie they stay moist for quite a while. If not in the baggie then they will dry faster.


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #819935 - 08/16/02 10:02 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

i hope you are at leaast putting a fan on them to dry. you want them to dry asap so there is no loss in potentcy. check Ace, home depot, lowes, or any hardware store for desicant.


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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: jim_dewit]
    #820649 - 08/16/02 01:23 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

if you don't want to use dessicant, you can try this. put your shrooms on a paper towel. cover them with a black t-shirt. take a desk lamp (one that can be angled so it points straight down) with a 60 watt bulb and position it 12 to 18 inches above the shirt. they will be cracker dry in 24 to 48 hours depending on how water logged they were in the first place. props to moe howard on this technique. i thought it would kill potency, but it doesn't. also, if you can't find damp-rid or any of the other standard dessicants you can go get a box of the kitty litter crystals. they are made of silicate and i find that it works just as well as many of the other dessicants. good luck and happy shroomin'.


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    #820664 - 08/16/02 01:26 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

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Re: Home Grown vs Purchased [Re: phrozendata]
    #820816 - 08/16/02 02:02 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Hmm well thanks for the drying teks! I will try them on my next flushes.


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