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  1. The first time I went to the work of using a hatchet to get it into small pieces, then I put it in a coffee grinder. The pieces were the size of small peas. I used coffee filters to brew mine. The taste was good but it got a little dusty.

    Then someone suggested I just boil the whole chunk. I tried that and liked the taste much better and the tea turned out a little thicker than water. Sort of like there was a little syrup in there or something. The chunk I was using was about the size of my fist. If I do it again I'll probably use the hatchet to break up those pieces into half that size and see how it holds up. The fist sized chunk could be reboiled over and over and still had strong taste. I feel like I may have been wasting it a bit since there was probably some material in the center that was still full of flavor.

  2. I grew my first home kit in a bag with saw dust in it. If you're looking to make your own kit be sure to get saw dust from logs. Don't use sawdust from lumber since it is heavily treated with chemicals and your mushrooms probably won't grow on it. The instructions with my kit said to save some coffee grounds from a few days before to mix in with the saw dust. Also, they said to mix in a tablespoon (I think) of hydrogen peroxide. It was to kill any bacteria that may have grown during shipment. I had 3 or 4 yields from it. They were some type of oyster.

  3. Thanks for the pics. There is a mushroom that is a choice edible that growns in Minnesota. Destroying Angel doernt grow in Minnesota from what I hear. Still, I have always thought it looked a little too much like Destroying Angel to risk it. Its a dangerous mushroom and kind of plain... but still interesting looking.

  4. Walking around the woods in norther Minnesota, I noticed these mushrooms on an old log on the forest floor. I've never had a good look at Lion's Mane but I think I found some fresh ones. Doing some research now but figured I'd post here to see if there are other suggestions. Thanks! 🙂

    Edit: just found one in my field guide called bear's head tooth. Thoughts?




  5. 2 hours ago, MattVa said:

    Very cool pic! Grey squirrels around my way absolutely annihilate russula's but they eat them so fast I can never snap a pic in time. 

    I speculated that squirrels were eating them. Usually the mess I find is what I imagine a squirrel leaving behind 🤣

    @Tasso, thanks for sharing that video URL... that is some crazy stuff. Drinking deer urine... the extent some people would go to. 🤯

  6. It is indeed! Those are the kind I see in northern Minnesota. They are Amanita muscaria var. formosa. I've only seen a red one once. They are a pretty cool mushroom to see in person, aren't they!

    Edit: after I posted this, I noticed the color of the stem... I may be wrong about which variant is pictured here. Usually, I've seen them with white stems... and I get these variants flipped. I think you got it with the var. Guessowi.

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