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Postby rosenkraftlos » Mar 25th, '09, 19:29

I noticed some brown mold forming on the paper wrapper around one of my pu erh cakes I have in storage. Is that bad?

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Postby shogun89 » Mar 25th, '09, 19:31

uhhhh, YEAH!!! Separate it from the others immediately!

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Postby rosenkraftlos » Mar 25th, '09, 19:37

Is there nothing I can do to save it? It is my most expensive pu erh cake...

Here is a picture: http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg89 ... 1238024170

Can I just take the wrapper off and wrap it with some other paper or something like that? Or could I put it in the freezer for a few days to kill the mold?

Thanks

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Postby hop_goblin » Mar 25th, '09, 20:00

How are you storing them?

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Postby rosenkraftlos » Mar 25th, '09, 20:02

I'm storing them in a small cardboard box with four styrofoam cups filled with a small amount of water.

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Postby rosenkraftlos » Mar 25th, '09, 20:09

It's not fuzzy, only discolored. The tea itself looks normal. I guess it's not mold after all.

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Postby hop_goblin » Mar 25th, '09, 20:16

rosenkraftlos wrote:It's not fuzzy, only discolored. The tea itself looks normal. I guess it's not mold after all.

Thanks : )


Don't discredit it as mold just yet. Mold can attack the outside before it reaches the inside. Can't tell from picture. Nonetheless, if it brushes off dont worry about it - of course unless the mold is yellow which is dangerous. If you are worried about it, I would take your pu out and let them sit for 3 days or so and let your storage area dry out some.

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Postby TIM » Mar 25th, '09, 20:42

rosenkraftlos wrote:Is there nothing I can do to save it? It is my most expensive pu erh cake...

Here is a picture: http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg89 ... 1238024170

Can I just take the wrapper off and wrap it with some other paper or something like that? Or could I put it in the freezer for a few days to kill the mold?

Thanks


What are those tiny black dots stuck in betweens the paper folds? Hope it's not poop poop bugs

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Postby rosenkraftlos » Mar 25th, '09, 21:28

It doesn't brush off. I'm fairly certain now that it's just discoloration.

It has fairly good airflow.

The black spots are just stray pieces of tea.

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Postby sp1key » Mar 25th, '09, 21:31

do not fret if its only on the wrapper...

however if it wasnt there before and it is now then something must be wrong with your storage condition, gotta check on that

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Postby Ebtoulson » Mar 25th, '09, 21:52

is it weird that I suddenly wanted some tea...

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Postby MarshalN » Mar 26th, '09, 10:47

That looks more like tea oil discoloration than mold.

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Postby heavydoom » Mar 26th, '09, 12:20

rosenkraftlos wrote:I'm storing them in a small cardboard box with four styrofoam cups filled with a small amount of water.


so the styrofoam cups are inside the box??? if so, i would take the cups outside of the box. i think the tea is way too close to your water/moisture source.

and the photo is out of focus by a mile.


i would also be more worried about mold on the cake and not on the wrapper.

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