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    Food dehydrator for drying

    Been reading about using a food dehydrator to dry bud. Before you poo-poo the idea I have found some folks who have done some comparisons. Drying some bud in a FD for 12 hours and some bud dried by hanging for two weeks.

    What they found was, after curing both for two weeks there was no noticeable difference in tast and smoke.

    Doing a test myself since I have a FD for other uses. One fresh picked bud sitting in there for 12 hours at around 90 degrees F.

    One thing I did find was the settings on my FD were not even close to reality when measured with a digital thermometer. I had to plug the FD into a auto transformer to adjust the temperature down to 90 degrees. The fan is barely running now.

    Interested in knowing if others have tried drying this way,

    I have a dehydrator that I bought for quick drying sample buds etc

    it collects dust these days

    it is fit for the purpose of which I bought it, but I wouldn’t do your whole harvest with it. the results are like drying flowers in a very warm room with a lot of fan blowing on them; not ideal in my personal opinion

    just my two cents

    let us know how it pans out for you anyway dude

    Been reading about using a food dehydrator to dry bud. Before you poo-poo the idea I have found some folks who have done some comparisons. Drying some bud in a FD for 12 hours and some bud dried by hanging for two weeks. What they found was, after curing both for two weeks there was no noticeable difference in tast and smoke. Doing a test myself since I have a FD for other uses. One fresh picked bud sitting in there for 12 hours at around 90 degrees F. One thing I did find was the

    Drying in a food dehydrator at 70 fahrenheit.

    Salah82
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    Whats up my brothers!

    Anyone have any experience drying their bud in a food dehydrator at around 70 fahrenheit?

    Looking to dry as quick as possible without loosing any medicinal properties.

    reallybigjesusfreak
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    Logan Burke
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    Salah82
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    Capn-Crunch
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    TintEastwood
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    Salah82
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    Whole plant hung. about 6 days.

    I learned the hard way not to chop early or rush the dry/cure. Both are very tempting.

    Salah82
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    Whole plant hung. about 6 days.

    I learned the hard way not to chop early or rush the dry/cure. Both are very tempting.

    Oh so you didn’t use a dehydrator. man and then I see this new cannabis dehydrator which operates between 70-80 fahrenheit and they claim it increases thc and terpenes. https://www.instagram.com/myherbsnow/

    That’s where I’m coming from. there is many other food dehydrators that go that low in temperature you know.

    reallybigjesusfreak
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    Oh so you didn’t use a dehydrator. man and then I see this new cannabis dehydrator which operates between 70-80 fahrenheit and they claim it increases thc and terpenes. https://www.instagram.com/myherbsnow/

    That’s where I’m coming from. there is many other food dehydrators that go that low in temperature you know.

    Herb & Suds
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    Dougnsalem
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    Whats up my brothers!

    Anyone have any experience drying their bud in a food dehydrator at around 70 fahrenheit?

    Looking to dry as quick as possible without loosing any medicinal properties.

    This may not apply to your situation, but for anyone else contemplating using a normal (95° to 145°F) dehydrator.

    DON’T DO IT! Being a newb, I thought that was a genius idea I had going on there. Umm. No. I F’d the stuff up bad. Nasty bad. Lol. Man, this learning curve has sucked, but it’s been a blast at the same time.

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    Logan Burke
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    Those temps shouldn’t hurt anything. I mean, that’s my room temps and I dry/cure alright. The dehydrator I have constantly blows up and throughout all of the trays, if it is anything like that, the drawback is that air being blown on the buds constantly. I’ve always heard that it’s best to not have air directly blowing on the buds so that the moisture is wicked out less quickly. But you could always try putting a smaller amount in it as a test run if you’re unsure?

    whitebb2727
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    Whats up my brothers!

    Anyone have any experience drying their bud in a food dehydrator at around 70 fahrenheit?

    Looking to dry as quick as possible without loosing any medicinal properties.

    It will work though I dont reccomend it.

    The slower the dry the better the bud.

    Salah82
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    whitebb2727
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    mustbetribbin
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    One thing you could try is running the dehydrator in the lowest setting, and put a Timer on it & only run for 30mins-1hour at a time then have it shut off for 1-3 hour at a time, in cycles for a few days. Having a room or cabinet or whatever to slow dry in is better/best, but with the suggestion above you could still use your dehydrator and not have to design a room or area in a rush and then you may plan to design something for optimal drying in the future at a later time.

    I’ve used a dehydrator before in this way and the results were ok, but I removed my buds to a separate semi sealed area to air dry after about 36 hours. Which is extra handling of the buds, but at this stage the buds are still somewhat sticky and still retain some moisture, so there’s no noticeable loss in crystals, bud quality etc.

    I don’t think a dehydrator should be used for the entire drying process, but I do think it can be used as a tool to speed up the drying process a bit with no real noticeable detriment to the product if done correctly, by running the machine in cycles and what have you.

    Me personally I’d trust a custom designed drying apparatus/cabinet/room for drying my buds, before I’d trust an automated machine to produce a quality product for me, but I also know that if time or space or resources are scarce, then a simple dehydrator can be used if used properly/cautiously.

    This is just temporary advice for someone until further skill/know how/knowledge is obtained, take a grain of salt down with it and you will be on your way.

    Whats up my brothers! Anyone have any experience drying their bud in a food dehydrator at around 70 fahrenheit? Looking to dry as quick as possible…