In any event I decided to test a few things:
1.) Vacuume drying your actives: turns out that while this does work, it is a long, energy intensive process:
I tested the setup with plain distilled water and had the vacuum down low enough to boil it at room temperature (68 degrees). But even though initially the mushies started drying out, the last 30% was taking so long I ended up using a standard food dryer to finish them. I even had dessicant which are the white Crystal you see at the bottom there. The mushies were in a paper towel cup so I could take them out and inspect the dryness.
So...... I decided to take the other large fruits (all over 4 inches fresh) and do my first popcorn Tek.
I decided on Turkey Ranch's lazy popcorn Tek which does not bother with all that "toweling off" of wet popcorn which sounds like a royal pain in my ass, and just stick a half inch of verm at the bottom.
After my popcorn reached that nice rubbery texture and a few hulls started to split, I threw them into the colander, rinsed with cold water to remove any excess starch, and dumped them into the jars.
2.) Popcorn jars ready for the PC... Cover is tyvek and the jar cap with a 3/4 inches hole.
I PC'd these at 10 lbs for 60 mins. After they cooled back to room temp, I took them into my glovebox and cut out the center's of the stipes of my mushies.
Right away I knew these were going to be kick-ass mushies as the blueing was off the charts. I later proved this as I will get to...
I cut three quarter inch sections of Stipe for each jar, dropped them in, did a careful swirl to bury them into the top layer of corn and put the jars in the dark of my closet. It never gets above 65 degrees in there but I wanted things to start slowly... I may put them in my 72 degree area in a bit.
And now three days later they are colonizing that corn!
It's a beautiful thing.
Oh.... Yes, after mutilating those stipes I had about 1.5 grams of shredded mushie stuff. So... About .15 grams dry. Very blue....
So I did what anyone would do. I ate them.
I shit you not I saw zingers and color auras and definitely felt those nice tingles. On .15 grams!?!? These are some kick ass.
They grew on cakes infused with teff flour, which I have already determined is hard for mushies to grow on in a previous experiment. Cakes with teff take forever to colonize because the food value of teff is so high. So what usually happens is the cake goes bad with contams, or in several cases just turns into a cement like blob of mycelium that never fruits! When it gets like that you can soak that cake for a year and it never takes on water! Very strange.
Oh... And here is a pic of that popcorn:
Edited by SteampunkScientist, 15 March 2017 - 04:48 PM.