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Invisiblersr
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Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry
    #9540086 - 01/03/09 10:41 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Just got my first two tubs in and yield is 5.5 lbs wet, and I was wondering if experienced people with high yields use them or not.



Ive read a lot on the subject and keep getting contradictory answers.  I just dont think I can dry this much in front of a fan and then with Damprid. 

Plus I have a whole bunch of other tubs getting ready to come in, and I dont want to let all this hard work go to waste.

I also have a question about storing, once I get them cracker dry.  Ive read that regular ziplock baggies will allow air in.  Can I just use freezer bags to keep them fresh in the freezer for storage?

Thanks for any help you experienced guys can be.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: rsr]
    #9540111 - 01/03/09 10:46 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

A humidifier is not much faster and only holds a small amount of fruits. I would say fans are better still, if you have a fair sized one.

I know you can (with hot peppers) dry them in a bucket with silica gel packets. This should work the same way. Damion on this site uses silica gel in paper towels to use as packets....


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Shroominit]
    #9540163 - 01/03/09 10:54 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

get a dehydrator.. they're cheap. Your gunna need more trays. I pick them and throw them right in. They bruise alot if you leave them out in open air to dry. I hate losing potency as much as I hate  commericals. I use gallon size ziplocks.. a qp.. fits in 1. maybe a lil more. Once they're dehydrated. They dont have anything to do with being fresh. They taste bad, and give off a unique odor. Im thinkin u got two pounds dry.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Shr00mZ]
    #9540596 - 01/03/09 11:56 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Although I cant say I'm very experienced, I have found that dehydrators can't be beat. Drying that yield with a regular fan or two could take up to seven to ten days depending on room temps. Buy a dehydrator.You won't be disappointed...I keep mine in a plastic bag within an airtight container. They will last a while.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: DickBukus]
    #9540616 - 01/03/09 11:59 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I have always fan dried even with giant amounts but yes sometimes really fat dense fruits take days before being cracker dry


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Shr00mZ]
    #9540670 - 01/04/09 12:06 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)



Old-school Nesco Snackmaster dehydrator with adjustable heat setting. I love mine.

You can always agar-size it to accommodate more fruit.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Blutjager]
    #9540672 - 01/04/09 12:06 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i got a dehydrator online on good ole craigslist or try the thrift store


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: jdolphinbabe]
    #9540684 - 01/04/09 12:07 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I have looked at thrift stores and never ever find one there :banghead:


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Blutjager]
    #9540892 - 01/04/09 12:37 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

also depends on what climate you're in, if you are in Florida you need a dehydrator, if you are in Arizona you can probably get away with just using a fan


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: jdolphinbabe]
    #9540899 - 01/04/09 12:37 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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i got a dehydrator online on good ole craigslist or try the thrift store




Both are excellent sources. :thumbup:


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: futureshock]
    #9541048 - 01/04/09 01:08 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Thanks everyone.  I just got one from Walmart.  It's not the best, or adjustable, but it was the only one they had.  I even had get them to let me have the display model because it was all the had.

And, that's my sister's dept; I should bitch at her for not keping the items stocked!

I won't be able to get everything in it, but I will just leave what I can't get in in front of the fan, and then when the ones in the dehydrator are dry I can move others in.

But I will probably have to look for a much bigger one, or build one myself.  I'm pretty handy, so it shouldn't be a real big problem.

Thanks again


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: rsr]
    #9541066 - 01/04/09 01:12 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

If you know some electronics, you could add a potentiometer to the heating element to give it a crude 'temperature dial'.. many people like to have it under 110*F to reduce cooking off of 'the good stuff'


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Shroominit]
    #9541099 - 01/04/09 01:21 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Isn't a dehydrator just a fan with some trays? (assuming you're using little or no heat). What is the difference between a fan setup and a dehydrator? I'm seriously asking here--not trying to argue. I'm wondering because I'm just now starting to dry with a fan method--I built a wire mesh box out of wire mess file folder boxes, and placed it on top of an industrial strength fan in my garage. It sounds like a jet engine and I have to weigh down the box or else it flows away. I'll know in the morning if it's workable.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Mentonaut]
    #9541122 - 01/04/09 01:27 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Yep, that's pretty much all it is, especially with a low-heat setting. That's why many of us say you only need a fan.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Mentonaut]
    #9541133 - 01/04/09 01:29 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I have always heard of the "Nesco Snack master" as being the preferred dehydrator by the people who use dehydrators around here and that it can be set as low as 90 or 95 degrees,and yes if I'm not mistaken if there is no heating element at all than it is just essentially a fan


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: Shroominit]
    #9541302 - 01/04/09 02:21 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Yeah, I just got it home and loaded it with mushrooms and ran it for about 15 minutes and went in to check on it and it's definitely too hot -- it smells like cooking mushrooms.

So, I'm getting ready to rip it apart and see if I can wire in a dimmer switch to the heating element.  Is that the same as a potentiometer?  I thought a dimmer switch was a rheostat, but I could be wrong.  Or are they the same thing?


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: rsr]
    #9541319 - 01/04/09 02:26 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I got mine from eBay for $28 total. Nice Harvest:crazy2:


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: rsr]
    #9541333 - 01/04/09 02:32 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

25 bucks of dehydrator > 25 dollars worth of damp rid.  Look on craigslist or something def.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: POWAtrippin]
    #9541355 - 01/04/09 02:40 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

actually paid $39 for the dehydrator, but I'm sure I've spent more than that in Damprid already.  Only thing is the Damprid gets used up, and hopefully the dehydrator will last a little while.

Well, gotta go out in the cold and find my small phillips. 

It's alright though because I wasn't getting any sleep tonight -- My akita just started going into labor, I think.  At the very least she's tearing up a nest in my closet.  So, I might as well get something done while I wait for the pups to start arriving.  Shouldn't have taken that trip last night though because tonight is going to be rough.


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Re: Should I buy a dehydrator or not? Got a lot to dry [Re: rsr]
    #9541374 - 01/04/09 02:45 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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rsr said:
Yeah, I just got it home and loaded it with mushrooms and ran it for about 15 minutes and went in to check on it and it's definitely too hot -- it smells like cooking mushrooms.

So, I'm getting ready to rip it apart and see if I can wire in a dimmer switch to the heating element.  Is that the same as a potentiometer?  I thought a dimmer switch was a rheostat, but I could be wrong.  Or are they the same thing?




Don't do that! I have the same dehydrator as yours. I never get complaints on potency. It smells like warm mushrooms because they are warm mushrooms! Psilocin doesn't cook off til like a few hundred degrees anyway! Only one of the reasons you can't smoke mushrooms!


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