Moist Tobacco= Moist Leaves...right?

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  1. ArmedOctopus

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    Okay, this is totally going to show that I'm still wet behind the ears in pipe years, but I was wondering.....

    I hear about guys cellaring tobacco. Damp tobacco at times. Tobacco is nothing more than dried leaves. So why doesn't it rot and decay? Leaves in my backyard do. I was just curious. Do they grow mold or stale or anything?
     
  2. GlassEye

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    Fermentation, the magical place between fresh and rotten. That explains aging.

    There are some tobacco growers on here that can really give you a good idea of the process of what is done with the tobacco leaves long before you buy the finished product.

    If stored correctly, it is unlikely your tobacco will grow mold or go stale.
     
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    Correctly, meaning?
     
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    Proper temperature and humidity. This normally means around 70F and 70% humidity. Same with cigars. Basically in a jar in a closet of your home or any dark cool place. Don't want it to be in sunlight.
     
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    Mason or Kerr canning jars are the preferred method, in the dark, leaving as little air in the jar as possible, a few members have added a Terracotta disc in the jar to help regulate moisture, but I am unsure if that is needed, but every little bit helps.
    Some of the flake tobacco even gets what looks like mold on it, but is part of how it ages, but as always take a picture and consult someone if your not sure.
     
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    Hmmm....I keep mine in an antique suitcase in my closet. Hope that does the trick.
     
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    Bank vaults, invest in a old bank, or a large gun safe:rolleyes:
    Some lay the flake jars on their side, so the flake stays intact.
    a suitcase would be fine, a tote seems to be popular also
    Or just the closet on a shelf and leave the door closed
     
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    I'm assuming in air tight containers such as a jar. Then that would be fine.
     
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    Oh yeah. I didnt mean loose in a suitcase. :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow. That was neat.
     
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    See, told ya so.;)
     
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    Because commercial tobacco ( especially pipe tobacco) is sprayed with mold inhibitors.
     
  14. ArmedOctopus

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    I would never think to do something like that. Super smart.
     
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    Really? Totally did not know that. Hope they are healthy when burned.....
     
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    Of course now I'm ALSO curious as to why he has a huge fly as a paper weight....
     
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    Take a pound of tobacco and spread it around your lawn this coming fall. Next spring, check its consistency. Like your leaves, it should be dry and moldy - and not something you'd wanna smoke. :D

    But then again, you can store it in jars and it'll outlast you. I don't know, however, if this also works for leaves from your trees! :D
     
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    Every few weeks we go over to Todmorden in Yorkshire to the Thursday market, junk on the outside stalls, today I scored a Brass Fly,​
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    Okay so the brass fly is absolutely the business. I'm smitten with jealousy and I don't even know what I'd do with the thing. :drly:
     
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