How long an open tin will stay fresh...

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by AK Kilted Guy, May 24, 2012.

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  1. AK Kilted Guy

    AK Kilted Guy Member

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    I've often wondered how long an open tin of tobacco will stay fresh. Well, I found out that 2-3 months that I've had my SG Westmorland and Chocolate Flake open is too long. Sigh....

    Oh well, I'll rehydrate it and get it in a jar. Lesson learned. I really wanted a bowl of the Westmorland last night. I went with some Plumcake that I had jarred instead.
     
  2. LifeOfRiley

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    I've been there. I was recently able to get a dozen mason jars for about $8. If I'd bought them six months earlier, they would've already paid for themselves three times over based on the dried-out tobacco I've thrown out.
     
  3. WrightwoodJohn

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    Alot will depend on the amount of humidity where you live. I live in the mountains above the Mojave desert, with the weather warming it gets extremely dry up here. I keep a close check on my tobacco, and when I set some out to dry a little before a smoke, it can be ready in 5 - 10 minutes...
     
  4. Jussto

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    You could always blow back through a bowl of overly dry leaf to rehydrate it good enough...a couple of deep breaths will make most things reasonably smokeable.

    I've had tins that dried out in a couple of weeks, and tins that would probably stay moist for years. I think a lot depends on the tobacco and the type of tin.
     
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  5. AK Kilted Guy

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    Yeah. I knew better. I am going to rehydrate it en masse and jar it. It will still be smokeable. And it is generally pretty dry around these parts. Just carelessness on my part.
     
  6. Degenetron

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    Now see, there is a good tip. Hadn't thought of that even though i've noticed the inside of the pipe getting a bit damp when i blow out tobaccobits etc.

    Also, yeah, type of tobacco and type of tin. The square tins like G&H or SG use are generally crap for storage. Screw ons or even the plastic lid ones are reasonably good. Well.. plastic can be a bit iffy. GL Pease plastic lids suck.
     
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