dom teknos (Teknos)
|Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 06:56 am:||
Hip, I think it was you..damn memory, pretty sure it was you or Nan, in the chat room talking about it being okay to use a food dehydrator because the loss in potency isn't noticable...? No one listen to me! Don't want to mislead anyone, I just remember thinking hey i could use my dehydrator(i dont want to disconnect the heat, i do enjoy making jerky).
Dr. Cubensis (Shroomzilla)
|Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 07:12 am:||
Say it takes away some potentcy..
Mebbe, to reach what would normally be a three gram trip, you need four instead,
cause you used heat to dry.
Currently, ( assuming you are growing only for yourself and maybe 1 or two others )
You have better than 3 ounces from 16 or 17 cakes...
If your tummy handles shrooms well... No worries, take the extra gram, be happy.
BUT, I am not sure how much the loss of potentcy truely is...
Anyone have a good ballpark guestimate?
Dr. Cubensis (Shroomzilla)
|Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 09:40 am:||
Yer Up late Hip...
Any idea on the percentage of potency loss for mushrooms dried on a dehydrator?
|Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 10:01 am:||
oh, i dunno, kinda hard to say, mebbe 3-5%, if that, over an roughly 8 hour dry with heat, just barely enough for me to tell a slight difference, but most of my friends never even notice
p.s. i'm not up late,
i got up early
ben donmatter (Harryhood)
|Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 12:53 am:||
eyebooger, your the shiat,
i have been trying to find the best way to dry, ive used discade..(scary shit), and ive used different fans and methods. i bought the same dehydrator back in the day, but found even on the lowest setting, they hardly weighed anything when they were done. your method should definately be in the archives. thanks again... pass the peaz
|Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 03:45 pm:||
So, last week Nan said that even a low heat (95°F) affects potency when drying mushrooms.
Well, I have been using this Walmart NESCO: American Harvest Food Dehydrator and Jerky Maker and the thing does not have an ON/OFF switch for the heat, 95°F is the lowest it will go.
Since I have been pointing people to this model and have heard of other people using this brand I felt responsible for posting something on how to disable the heating element. I thought it would be simple at first, pulling a few wires, but for some reason they wired everything in serially and the wires run under the housing so you have to take the whole damn thing apart to see where they go. The information below will show you the simplest way to disable the heating element while maintaining the system so you can use it for it's intended purposes.
1) Remove the four outer screws from the bottom of the unit.
2) Flip the unit over and firmly pull up on the heating control knob, it should just slide right off.
3) Pull off the plastic yolk thingie to expose the goodies and find the orange wire nut.
4) Unscrew the nut, disconnect the black wire that leads to the heating element, and screw the nut back on over the white wire and black wire that leads to the motor.
5) Next take off both of the gray wire nuts and separate the connections.
6) Connect the blue wire (Formerly attached to the white wire to the potentiometer) to the white wire from the power cord (Formerly attached to the red wire)
7) I labeled the wires that are now disconnected with coloured tape. They don't have to be insulated but it helps in identifying them when you wish to reconnect the heat for making jerky, YUM!
I know this is pretty basic but it may help save you some time if you have one of these models. When I get more time I will hook up an ON/OFF switch. If anyone is interested lemme know
|Posted on Friday, October 11, 2002 - 03:46 am:||