I'm wanting to turn artist conk into powder. How should I dehydrate it for grinding in my cornmeal grinder? I tried 6 hours at 180 in the oven, and it's still moist to the touch.

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    A shelf fungus: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganoderma_applanatum – Wayfaring Stranger Oct 8 '18 at 23:06
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    I've edited the information from your comment into your question; in the future please do that yourself, or better yet, include it from the beginning. I'm also not sure whether you meant 180C or 180F. – Cascabel Oct 10 '18 at 16:06
  • I've found that it makes a tea that tastes kind of like vanilla. – a coder Oct 11 '18 at 20:18

As the generic simple answer that works for most mushrooms:

  • Cut them in cubes of 1 cm³ (0.061 inch³)
  • Put them on parchment paper in your oven at 110°C (230°F)
  • for 1 hour (½ Shí).

doesn't seem to work on this particular mushroom, you'll need special (read: expensive) equipment to be able to dry these before being able to grind them to powder and that is:

Sorry! :-(

Note: Or bring a few six packs to someone owning this equipment already and drink the beers while waiting for the process to finish

  • Should I use the ax on a wood block, then take it over to the flour grinder then dry it on the plastic dehydrator sheets? – a coder Oct 9 '18 at 3:41
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    From Wikipedia: "It forms fruiting bodies that are up to 30–100 centimetres (12–39 in) across, hard as leather, woody-textured, and inedible in raw form." -- it sounds cutting them may be nontrivial. Is this intended as generic advice about fungus or specific for this type? – Cascabel Oct 9 '18 at 14:32
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    @Cascabel generic for any fungus and I see what a coder's question is now... – Fabby Oct 9 '18 at 14:35
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    @acoder: axe, dry, grind. – Fabby Oct 9 '18 at 14:36
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    @acoder Including what you've tried unsuccessfully is hugely helpful for potential answers -- can you update your original question? – Erica Oct 10 '18 at 13:02

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