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Old 10-26-2012, 12:47 PM
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With ribbon cuts, it's fairly easy to tell when the tobacco is too dry. The tobacco will be crunchy and fall apart into dust when you "rub it out." Usually it will burn hotter as well. Anyone notice a taste difference?

My question relates to shag cuts, like Three Sails. With these, it's more difficult to tell when it's too dry due to the wispy nature of the strands and because I don't "rub them out."

Anyone notice a distinct taste difference with overly dry tobacco?
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I've heard this expression "rub them out" before -- exactly what does that mean?
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I've heard this expression "rub them out" before -- exactly what does that mean?
What some do while looking at porn.
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Sorry, we have too much fun with that unfortunate phrase.

I don't "rub out" the shag cuts, just stuff them straight out of the bag. No work is required with those, and certainly no drying. I have wondered if my 3 Sails is too dry on occasion, as in... brittle, smoking hot, etc.

Yep, in MN we only have a few months of humidity, then it's back to freezing our bums off.

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With ribbon cuts, it's fairly easy to tell when the tobacco is too dry. The tobacco will be crunchy and fall apart into dust when you "rub it out." Usually it will burn hotter as well. Anyone notice a taste difference?

My question relates to shag cuts, like Three Sails. With these, it's more difficult to tell when it's too dry due to the wispy nature of the strands and because I don't "rub them out."

Anyone notice a distinct taste difference with overly dry tobacco?
I once over dried Three Sails shag, it became difficult to inject, would only partially fill the tubes. Was worse than anything too moist, did not expect this.

I used to worry about having moist tobacco. Lately I have been partial to some very dry tobacco. Find some are just better that way. I let my taste buds tell me what's best. In general, if the tobacco is a natural type, the drier the better. If it is cased/topped/flavored, I tend to like it moist. Some topping are volatile, taste best when left alone. Exceptions to every rule, so I let the taste buds decide.

Heat and moisture gets complicated. Common wisdom is that the drier it is, the hotter and harsher it smokes. Fact is that moisture in the form of hot vapor or steam can transfer the heat to your mouth and tongue as well. Again, let what taste/works best decide.

Never tought that tobacco can be so complicted, for me it just makes RYO more interesting and fun.
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Interesting this came up I bought a pouch of Bali shag yellow the other day and noticed it felt to dry. It tasted absolutely harsh and horrible. After adding a moisturized cotton ball to the pouch and allowing it to sit for a couple of hour the tobacco tasted mellow and smooth so moisture affects taste big time.
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Interesting this came up I bought a pouch of Bali shag yellow the other day and noticed it felt to dry. It tasted absolutely harsh and horrible. After adding a moisturized cotton ball to the pouch and allowing it to sit for a couple of hour the tobacco tasted mellow and smooth so moisture affects taste big time.
Alot of places don't have much turn over on the real cig rolling tobacco.
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