Does freezing hurt tobacco?

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by deker, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. deker

    deker New Member

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    I ask because I just realized I left my tin on HV out in the shop yesterday and it's awfully cold out there... :bing:

    -d
  2. OldAtHeart

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    I've left tins or pouches in the car overnight before... only by accident, of course, and not recently.

    It probably won't be the same, but I wouldn't say it's rendered unsmokable. I'd say it's dependent on what the tin's worth to you (what is the HV short for?). Give it a try and see how it goes. If it's worth keeping, then keep it; if not, then don't. Who knows, you may stumble on the latest and greatest smoking technique... the Frozen Gratification Method!

    When I read the title to the thread, I thought someone wanted to freeze some on purpose... I originally popped in to make this face ":eek:".

    Edit: it seems to me that the drier the tobacco was, the better it probably fared. A very moist tobacco, when frozen and thawed, would likely not be very good after.
  3. SBritton

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    I would hope not. They ship it through the mail.
  4. Sweatsack

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    I did the same exact thing; I was keeping some pouches out in my toolbox in the (unheated) garage and we had a cold snap, like -30F. Anyway, I brought it in and let it come up to room temp and it seemed OK. It did seem a little drier, though, but still smokable.

    I wouldn't recommend freezing it on purpose (although some people freeze cigs, but cigs are dumb anyway) but I also wouldn't throw anything out without trying it first. It's probably OK.
  5. Zanaspus

    Zanaspus New Member

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    Cigar smokers often freeze cigars after purchase to kill tobacco beetle eggs. So, no.
  6. deker

    deker New Member

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    Wow...that's just gross...

    Well, I'll grab the tine from the shop later and see how it is.

    -d

    P.S. "HV" is Hamborger Veermaster"
  7. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Clumsy Poop!

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    It'll be fine. I couldn't find a tin of Luxury Blend for about 2 weeks, and then I finally found it out in the wife's truck. Left it there when we were on holiday. It sat at -20 for about a month, and it's fine.
  8. Smoker99

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    Short term freezing not a problem. Longer term will completely dry out the tobacco, the oils are lost, and it is ruined. The tobacco beetle is pervasive in all pure tobacco. Pipe smokers don't have much trouble with them because very, very little pipe tobacco is pure unadulterated tobacco, and the beetle larvae will only eat pure tobacco. I have only had one outbreak of beetles in pipe tobacco, and that tobacco was from the only blender I know that actually uses pure tobacco in some blends. My fault, not theirs though, I stored it in temps too high, ie above 70 degrees.
  9. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Clumsy Poop!

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    Agree - long term is bad.

    Never heard of beetles. That's gross.... now I have to go look it up!
  10. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Stay Calm - Press On Moderator

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    I sealed and vacuum packed some Mixture 79 and put it in the deep-freeze for a week and, man, it tasted just awful when it thawed out. Of course, it tasted awful before it was frozen, too. About identical I guess. Hope that helps with your question, Dekes.
  11. deker

    deker New Member

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    For a minute I thought you were going to say that the mixture 79 was better after you froze it into submission :bing:

    Thanks guys!

    -d