first up my experience was amazing for the lowish dose i had and encouraged me to want to do higher at a later date, definitely. i'll start with my preperation, then go onto my experiences.
Only the caps were harvested. because they are in such abundance, i also only take the most open caps that are droppin spores so that there will be more amanitas in the future. responsible picking guys ;) the way i pick them is such, i simply give the cap a few sharp taps and then the cap usually breaks off the stem quite easily. by doing this:
* it knocks the spores from the gills,
* all the spores that are trapped on the stem will go into the ground when the stem rots
* the caps are supposed to be the strongest part of the shroom, specifically the flesh just under the red skin.
* and they grow in such abundance that you can afford to only pick the caps, its not uncomon to come home with a feww kg's of mushies from a few hours picking.
when picking, do not pick rotten caps. these will have soft edges, very brown edges etc. they will be smelly and taste yuky and its so simple to simply be a picky picker and not take crappy caps. they will vary in colour, and i believe this is due to bleaching from the sun. i've noticed that caps in bright sun seem they are always closer to yellow and sometimes even light pink when in the shade they are more red thru to orange. if you pick one of the sun bleached caps, scrape off a white wart of the cap, you will see it is red under that. it protected the cap from the sun in that spot, and so it is still red. i'm not sure what this does to potency but potency variations will be fixed later.. read on! pick as many as you can. the more the better!
an electric hot plate was pre heated. i dont know the temp, but it was too hot to hold onto for a long time, but not too hot to touch for a few seconds. it was a lil over half way on my electric hot plate. baking paper was placed on the hot plate. the caps were placed on the baking paper, with the red side up. this was done because the strongest part of the cap is ment to be the skin just under the red flesh, so if the gills stick to the paper, its not big deal, but if the red flesh sticks to the paper, then you loose the strongest part. this process converts all the nasty shit to turn into loverly good stuff. it's well documented, so do a lil reasearch on it and check out the process, it's realy interesting. these should be left on the hot plate untill the entire cap is so dry and brittle that it should have no flex in it. it should break up easily in the fingers. then you know the nasties are all converted to goodies. this should take one day to dry like this for small caps and 2 days for larger ones. only dry one layer of fresh mushies at a time. however, if by the first day it is mostly dry but there are some soft spots, take them off, put down some fresh mushies and put the mostly dry mushies on top. it is crutial to dry them as dry as possible, not just to avoid nausea, but to make the next step possible. if you need to put them on for 3 days, then do it! realy, the longer the better, as long as the heat isnt turned up, causing them to burn. at this temp they wont burn, and it's safe to leave overnight un-supervised.
once they are fully dry you can store them in my dry box. i posted how to build it in the Pharmacology & Chemistry forum. like most dried shrooms, these shrooms suck moisture out of the air like crazy and realy fast. you can dry them cracker dry and within a few hours they will be sofdt again so it is crutial to keep them dry. keeping baggies or my dry box should keep them super dry.
once you got all your shrooms, dow would be a good time to weigh them if you want to see how much you have harvested. this is the important part. using a morta and pestle, crush and grind all the mushies into as fine a powder as possible. if the shrooms are not completely and utterly dried out, they will not grind into a fine powder. imagine trying to powderize rubber vs chalk. this is what its like if they are not fully dry. if a part of the shroom is not fully dry, it will not crush propperly and will require more drying. use only a morta and pesly, not a herb or coffee grinder. by using a morta and pestle, you will know that it is dried propperly. if it is all just wizzed up in a coffee grinder, you will never know and may get sick from incomplete drying. powderize the whole thing and put it into a jar. because the shrooms are so hydroscopic, remember to replace the lid each time so that it stays nice and dry between filling.
keep a 30-50% air gap in the jar. shake the poop out of the jar. this will make a all the variations in potency balance out. shake it, roll it, stirr it, just get it all evenly mixed so each time you have some, it will be consistant and reliable in what you will expect. it's said that it varries in potency and alkaloid profile so it is nice to know what to expect.
thats it! it looks like alot of work, but once you get into it, it's realy quite strait forward and easy.
so how i ate the mushies. well, i heard a traditional methode of taking the mushies is to soak them in milk, and squeeze out the milk from the shrooms. to continue squeezing untill no more colour comes out. i had a much more palletable variation on this. i mesured out 5g, wich acording to erowid is between a common and light dose. i mixed this with a minimal amount of milk, enough to make a thin slurry. its stirred untill it stopped leaching colour then the whole thing is filtered thru a t-shirt. the shrooms are scraped up and repeated untill no more colour is leached into the milk. i was left about 80-100ml of milk. it was browny coloured and smelt odd, like a mix of mushrooms and malt. as in the stuff you put in milkshakes, malt. not a bad smell, just, well, odd and unexpected.
this milk was poured into a bowl the size of a slice of bread. (this is important ;) ) about a teaspoon of melted butter is added to this along with:
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
salt and pepper (lots of salt and pepper )
this was whisked untill it's all mixed nicely. i was quite worried about that odd taste, thus the garlic, salt and pepper, meat etc.
this was put in the microwave for 1.5mins. the edges were cooked and the center was not. using the whisk, i scraped off the edges and mashed them with the egg mix them put back in the microwave for another 1.5 mins. this was repeated untill when the egg was mixed and mashed with the liquid egg, there was just enough liquid egg to hold all the bits of egg together. this was put in the microwave for another 1.5 mins. this is now fully cooked and solidified. the edges were scraped with a knife and the knife was pushed under the egg too so it would come out easily.
next step is simply put a piece of bread over the top of the bowl, turn upside down and the egg will fall out. put another piece of bread ontop and then munch that sucker ;)
the setting was simply chiilin with some realy cool mates of mine. were all smokin weed, however i held back from it a lil to try and feel what the amanitas realy feel like. one friend was on shrooms for the first time and lovin it, the and another had a tab an my missus was just tokin it that night. realy good vibes all rounds.
so i started eating this sucker down. the onset was more or less imediate. it would take say, about 60secs or so to feel the effect of each bite and after 3 bits i was feeling it. it was the strangest feeling ever to feel each bite. like, the same as if you have a hit of weed, 60secs later you feel that sucker, just like that. the feeling was mainly euphoria to start with. i felt a amazing no nausia what so ever. munchin away. the last 3 bites were a lil hard for me tho. after eating all that omlet sandwich so quickly eating any more made me gag a lil. so i stopped eating it for 10 mins then ate the last lil bit. it wasnt nausia as such, just my body was just sayin, wow there lil buddy, slow down a bit. after i waited a lil i could eat it no problem. within a few mins i was seeing patturns in the concrete and pool table cloth, similar to the types i get from subs. the effects felt alot like a mixture of acid with subs, although i have never done them together. it was not particularly sedating or speedy, in that sence, i felt prety much normal. i enjoyed walking around, especially because the concrete i was walkin on felt slightly squishy. perhaps i was just noticing the soft squishyness of my shoes, who knows but it was fun lol it was dificult to explain things and think of new things to talk about, however this was nothing too overpowering at this dose and have had much more problems with this on shrooms and acid. talking itself was easy and i didnt 'THINK' like a tripper the same way i do from weed, acid, shrooms etc e'g i didnt start sentances with wow man, wouldnt be cool if.... lol
the whole thing however, trailed off as fast as it came on. the onset was maybe 30-60 secs for each bite, the onset was abot 5-10 mins, the peak lasted about 2-3 hours and i felt sober (although a lil stoned) after another 3 hours,, the whole thing more or less all over red rover in about 6ish hours. hang over included a lil groggy mentally, like slow thinking and that but then that could've been from the weed and tiredness.
i was expecting something quite different. well, i went in not expecting much, but was expecting it to be quite different to subs when in actual fact there quite similar, although i didnt "think" like a tripper, at least at those doses. i do wish i had more, or at least just a second omlet to have later in the night to give me a booster as it realy did wear off alot quicker then i wanted, but all and all, it was realy friggin enjoyable.
there you go, now get out there and pick! hahaha