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Old Jun 13, 2009, 12:41 pm   #1
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Chaga harvest...

Here are some before and after pics. I'll put up some more pics of the finished product as well when its done drying. My recommendation to anyone hoping to find this in the woods - bring a hammer and chisle or screw driver with you in the woods. After you get it home you'll end up with a lot of waste - just can't get around it in my opinion. I used a utility knife, a small screw driver but a chisle would work, and a pair of angled wire cutters for snipping off smaller pieces of the black crust. You can tell when you've reached the fungal "flesh." The black crust is very hard and it starts becoming softer just under that area. The outer portions, just under the black crust, have the feel of a very compacted talcum powder and it gradually becomes softer as you approach the most inner parts of the chage. This is my first attempt at cleaning a chaga so maybe someone with more experience will sound off and help us out!
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 1:10 pm   #2
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Re: Chaga

you use all but the black outer layer for the tea. Its a mild tasting tea but you need to boil your water then add the chaga and I let it seep for 48 hours the put it in fridge add honey if you want and then dry out the chunks of chaga (it can be used more than once) use it till you see that your water dosen't change color and dry it for last time and use it to start campfire if you have any questions about making the tea just pm me and I'll give you better directions
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 1:49 pm   #3
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Re: Chaga

beastybired that's how I was making it too. However, I read if you're lazy you can keep the black stuff on too. I!! I got 4 brews out of a set before I had to use more chunks. I actually like the stuff. I know of a really big one, but I haven't fealt like dragging a ladder that far back to pick it twenty feet up the tree!

Completely obsessed with fungi.
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