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By Brad (Raze) on Thursday, November 29, 2001 - 11:51 pm:

Well, I finally located a desiccant (silica gel) and I bought a 1.25lb bottle of it, for 10 bucks CDN.
I bought a container for drying in, and spread it all out. Its only 1 inch thick, the bottle says to do a 2" layer, as have some teks I've read.
Is that extra inch all the crucial? Like will it make a difference?
And, until I get some chicken wire or something, could I set the shrooms on top of a paper towel in there or something? And what can I test this with? I tried using bannanas with my old setup (using heated epsom salts as a desiccant) and it left the container smelling so bad I had to go buy a new one. I even sealed it full of different air freshiners for days at a time... nothing could beat the smell

By Kaijan (Kaijan) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 01:27 am:


Well.. Papertowel on the bottom is fine. I suggest you evapourate any water in the Silica before using it. (cook it in the oven at 350* for an hour). You dont need to really test it, it will work, but if you want to, throw a piece of lettuce or something in there. not a whole banana. :)

Also, you should fan dry your mushrooms out for 24 hours before throwing them in a dessicant, it will lengthen the time between recharges, and it will work faster.


By Brad (Raze) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 01:46 am:

It was chopped into pieces.
And I just want to test it for something to do while I wait for these damn jars to colonise

By Brad (Raze) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 04:57 am:

Oh, you didnt answer the 1" question btw

By quote: (Quote) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 02:05 pm:

if you don't have enough for 2 inches,
then be sure to dry the silica [in the oven] every couple of days, as it will quickly become saturated, stopping the drying process.

By Patrick (Valence) on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 11:37 pm:

I just use a fan.. 2 or three days and it was fine. I used a paint strainer over one of the jar boxes with a small oscillating( obviously not moving) on full blast laying on the paint strainer and it dried them as well as fan and desicant. Even did pre and post measurments between the two to see if any one worked better and it was the same. Also I actually live in a fairly humid climate (not as much as florida but not like a desert or anything) Thats how I dried those 367 grams so it was even pretty packed but I did shake them around every couple hours.

By Brad (Raze) on Saturday, December 01, 2001 - 01:46 am:

I plan on using a fan for a few days, and making it cracker crisp in the chamber