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Offline narvin

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Re: oast vs dehydrator
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2015, 06:46:16 PM »
How much can you fit in a food deyhdrator at once?  I was thinking of building the box fan/air filter "oast" but if it only takes a few batches I'd buy a dehydrator.
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Re: oast vs dehydrator
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2015, 08:39:51 PM »
How much can you fit in a food deyhdrator at once?  I was thinking of building the box fan/air filter "oast" but if it only takes a few batches I'd buy a dehydrator.

depends on how many trays you have for your dehydrator.  IIRC, I had 6-7 trays and could fit 2-3 wet lb. at a time.  when I have a chance I'll check my notes t be certain.
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Re: oast vs dehydrator
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2015, 08:36:36 AM »
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How much can you fit in a food deyhdrator at once?  I was thinking of building the box fan/air filter "oast" but if it only takes a few batches I'd buy a dehydrator.

This is kind of why I didn't want to use the dehydrator, it only had a few trays where my oast can hold a lot more.

I figured out a solution though.  Since I figured the problem was the low temperature I first tried adding a small space heater next to the oast.  This didn't work well enough but when I covered up most of the back of the fan (I put the fan on top facing down) so that only a small space near the space heater was open, it only pulled in the warm air and this raised the temp.  So I rebuilt the back of the fan with $6 piece of plywood from Home Depot with an opening for a mini space heater and the power cord only and hooked the space heater up to a temp controller.  Kept the temperature between 85-90 and got my next batch of hops down to a 1/5 of the original weight in less than 24 hrs.

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