Fresh Moist Tobacco Always
This is a way to keep your tobacco fresh always.
First take and cut the bottom out of one of the 16.9oz.
water bottles. Make sure you leave about 2-3 inches.
tHEN TAKE A SHEET OF PAPER towel,and moisten it
with distiled water. Don't soak it.Put it in the bottom
of the cut off bottle.Then whatever you keep your
tobbaco stored in put the cut bottle in it,with the
damp towel,set it on the top.A lot of people use Mason
jars or Tupperware,whathave you...I use the Top Tube
Check the towels every couple days check it and change
when it gets a lil mildewy.I even have a hydrometer in
with one of my tubes, and it keeps it at 69 degrees and
the humidity is about 69..Perfect for tobacco !!!
Sure makes it nice to inject into the tubes to make
Give it a whirl if you all get a chance,and Happy Rollin !!
Too much moisture can impair proper rolling/machining.
The drier it is, the better it machines....that and how much or little it is ragged plays a big part.
Older machines were made for ragged tobacco (they bog down on rough cut) and the newer ones are better suited for pipe cut per their design.
Once your sticks are made is then the time to adjust moisture. I'd recommend a cigar humidor but to get off cheap find a good wooden cigar box with a hinged tight lid and lined with cedar (just like a humidor sans the cost) then load your smokes into it plus a small container filled with DISTILLED water (I use a Nyquil cap) and let it "age" for a few days.
The best way I have found to keep tobacco moist is with lettuce. (Iceberg is best)
Unlike water lettuce will release the moisture slowly.
What I usually do is take one large lettuce leaf, place it directly into a 1lb bag of tobacco (contacting as much tobacco as possible), place the bag in the fridge into the crisper drawer, leave it for 12hrs for hand rolling (6-7hrs for machine rolling), remove lettuce, and continue to store tobacco in crisper drawer.
At first you should use the tobacco which did not contact the lettuce directly because it may be too moist, if you stir/mix the tobacco around once the moisture will spread throughout the entire lb by the next day and you will have perfect tobacco, if you dont stir/mix the tobacco it may take another day.
Do not leave the lettuce for any longer or it will be too moist.
I have been rolling for years and this is the best method I have found.
This leaves absolutely no flavor since lettuce is 95% water.
I've just put them in a tupperware container in the fridge. I've also heard that, practice makes them dry out? Any one else do this? I may have to give it a try,and see the diffrence in the smokes? My tobacco (Criss Cross Smooth Blend) is too moist to inject,as it comes from the bag. I lay it out for around 15-30 minutes before injecting it,and it really make it "load" better. Ron
I just keep it in a ziplock bag, or if I'm buying in larger quantities a [url=http://storageware.clickclack.com/]ClickClack[/url] or similar brand container. I find I usually have to dry whatever portion I'm using a bit before injecting.
Not that it really matters what you use to keep the tobacco moist, I use what ever is nearby.
Orange rind, mango skin, banana peel. Not picky lol. And it works just fine.
Lately my newly opened tobacco seems to be a little on the dry side.
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I have yet to find a better substitute for lettuce which leaves no added flavoring or that releases too much moisture too quickly.
I will give my opinion on one this new method once i have tried it.
saw this method on another forum and it actually works pretty nicely - in a small cup or jar lid put a couple teaspoons of salt, and add a teaspoon or so of water - not enough water to dissolve the salt but to wet it with a little excess
it will automatically release humidity into the environment if the RH is lower than 75% and draw it back out if RH is over 75
the OP had indicated a lot of hygrometers come with the instruction to use salt as above to calibrate their hygrometer and sure enough the hygrometer i bought had exactly that instruction
in two cherry hardwood humidors i've built, i'm using the above and on days when the humidity level is high (in the house) i've seen the salt holding more water than days earlier when the house's humidity level was dryer
in a 48 qt ice cooler where i'm storing about 15 bags of southern steel (15 0z bags) i put the bottom half of a plastic water bottle with maybe four teaspons of salt and a couple ts of water - it's been over a month now and i've seen the salt go from almost dry to wet, and haven't had to add a drop of water
Last edited by larryccf; 07-13-2012 at 12:22 AM.
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