Good mold / bad mold?

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Good mold / bad mold?

Postby teaskeptic » Dec 20th, '13, 13:27

This tea has been sitting in a sealed package for about a year. It's from the 80's, from a trusted source. I will probably just brew it up anyways, but this is the first time I've actually seen this on one of my teas. Thoughts?

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby Tead Off » Dec 20th, '13, 22:50

Change your storage conditions.

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby mr mopu » Dec 21st, '13, 11:38

Can you elaborate on the storage conditions you were using when this happened?

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby teaskeptic » Dec 21st, '13, 12:08

I had 10 grams of the tea in a sealed plastic wrapper (sealed, but not vacuum sealed). This wrapper was stored in a tin can. The tin can was sitting on my shelf for a year. The conditions in my apartment are very, very dry. I was not trying to age the tea more, I was just waiting for the right moment to drink it.

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby tst » Dec 21st, '13, 12:44

I'd air that sucker out for a while ... a long while :mrgreen:

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby William » Dec 21st, '13, 12:45

teaskeptic wrote:I had 10 grams of the tea in a sealed plastic wrapper (sealed, but not vacuum sealed). This wrapper was stored in a tin can. The tin can was sitting on my shelf for a year. The conditions in my apartment are very, very dry. I was not trying to age the tea more, I was just waiting for the right moment to drink it.


Maybe I am wrong, but I think that when you received this sample, was in rather wet conditions, and the absence of air exchange caused all this. :|

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby miig » Dec 30th, '13, 14:23

I certainly wouldn't drink it! Please, dear expercts, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd say that white, furry mold is certainly bad mold.

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby mr mopu » Dec 30th, '13, 20:43

miig wrote:I certainly wouldn't drink it! Please, dear expercts, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd say that white, furry mold is certainly bad mold.

+1 on the white furry mold statement! :!:

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby Catfur » Dec 30th, '13, 21:50

Brush it off, drink it, if it's nasty, toss it.

It's a tiny bit of fuzzy mold, not BTX or Plutonium.

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby kyarazen » Dec 30th, '13, 22:19

if one's game to try, i might just clean off the mold and bake it before brewing

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby chrl42 » Dec 30th, '13, 23:11

bad mold..IMO.

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby Teaism » Dec 31st, '13, 01:51

chrl42 wrote:bad mold..IMO.

+1

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby jayinhk » Dec 31st, '13, 10:44

Looks good...for the compost heap. :D

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby yalokinh » Jan 13th, '14, 19:28

Boiling water should kill of any organisms, but you might see colors and have bad trip. who knows

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Re: Good mold / bad mold?

Postby Davcha » Jan 19th, '14, 06:17

Well, have buyed a traditional stored 2001 Commissioned CNNP 8582 (Hong-Kong, Taiwan) sample. After cca 20 days - the "white frost" (mycelium) appears. I drunk cca 30 ml - the effect: drunkenness. The first tasting was without "frost" and without drunkenness. Well, psychotropic effects of some fungi are well known. The question is - are there any "bad" mokotoxins...?

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