Reviving dry tobacco

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Whalehead King, Nov 5, 2012.

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The best organic method for breathing new life into dry tobacco?

  1. Apple Slice

    8.3%
  2. Potato Slice

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Peel an Onion

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Banana Peel

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Humidor

    41.7%
  6. Humidome

    41.7%
  7. Indifference

    16.7%
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  1. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

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    I have a few tins that I didn't cellar properly and now it is time to try them out. They are pretty dry. While I like the idea of laying a slice of apple into the tin, that is my mind talking. My heart tells me to use a slice of potato so as not to add aromatic. Any preferences?

    Don't say onion.

    Thanks in advance,
    WK
  2. OldSouled65

    OldSouled65 Active Member

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    Put that tobacco in a bowl, then drape a damp paper towel over the bowl.
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  3. JimInks

    JimInks Active Member

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    And use distilled water!
  4. BradNTX

    BradNTX Hamborger Veermaster Hog

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    I've done this, and used a humidome. Both will work. I've also put a damp dish towel over a bowl of tobacco. It's not difficult to rehydrate dry tobacco, but to me, the flavor never fully recovers.
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  5. OldSouled65

    OldSouled65 Active Member

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    Yeah, if you didn't like it much in the first place, you probably won't like it at all afterwards. My favorite blend rehydrated would only taste as good as one I smoke once in awhile.
  6. krusty

    krusty Active Member

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    Bowl and towel.
    I did cast a vote for humidome, after googleing to find out what it was, as that would be closest to the bowl and towel routine.
  7. Old Codger

    Old Codger Active Member

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    I just throw a couple of these in the jar if the tobacco is too dry. Rather than pouring the tobacco in to a bowl and otherwise messing about, these things work, and all is good the next day or I'll add another one.

    http://www.4noggins.com/pouchmoisteners2pkg.aspx

    Edited to add: Perhaps leaving the tobacco in the jar with the little moisteners and the jar closed helps, but I don't notice much, if any, deterioration in the flavour of the re-hydrated tobaccos.
  8. Arkie

    Arkie Active Member

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    The damp paper towel over a bowl routine works quickly. I also restore it by putting the tobacco in a jar and taping a moistened piece of chalk to the underside of the lid. I agree with the posts where they say the flavor doesn't fully recover - especially aros.
  9. TedVig

    TedVig total pipeflake

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    I usually use tupperware containers. Put the tobacco in the bottom part of the container. Moisten paper towel and put it over the container and snap the lid on over it. The paper towel doesn't touch the tobacco but the lid seals in the moisture. Works well.
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  10. Slow Tri

    Slow Tri Sales Account

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    I wouldn't put any kind of fruit or vegetable in there to rehydrate. They both rot very quickly and will pass it on to your tobacco.

    The distilled water in a washcloth over a bowl is what I have done for years and it works everytime.
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  11. MikeInMaine

    MikeInMaine Passes for human.

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  12. N3M0

    N3M0 Active Member

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    As OldSouled and Jim both mentioned.

    Shallow glass bowl
    distilled water
    paper towel

    and leave it overnight, add water to moisten the towel as needed.
  13. Old Codger

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    If you absolutely can't wait, fill the pipe loosely, put your mouth over the bowl and exhale gently through the tobacco. Once or twice does it.
    Do not do this right after a meal that was heavy on the garlic front. Whole 'nother dimension to the term aromatic.
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  14. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

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    It seems that the glory days of the Great Apple vs. Potato Debate are over.

    When I set up the poll, the humidome I was referring to only shows up on later google pages if you search for it straight. Try "falcon pipe humidome."

    The humidome this middle-aged fart and sometimes Falcon smoker was thinking of is part of a Falcon. Smoking a dry tobacco in a Falcon can be considered the most extreme example of indifference, since a Falcon smokes quick and steady, reliably straight to ash. It could also mean that, with proper technique, the residual moisture that gathers in the Falcon's "muffler" should be sufficient to bring fresh flavor to a stale smoke.

    It seems I might be living in the wrong century after googling all the modern rehydration methods. I still think in terms of depositing a slice of produce into a scrap of flour sack with a handful of dried out Frog Morton, and I'm not that old.

    Still in favor of potato,
    WK
  15. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Stay Calm - Press On Moderator

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    Bad idea if it molds but follow your heart!
  16. ravnhaus

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    The damp paper towel in a closed environment for a bit of time is the way to go.
    I revived an opened 12 year old tin of Penzance (opened about a year ago) recently with good results. It was very very dry in the beginning. It smoked quite well after the simple treatment. I re-wet the towel once or twice over a couple of days.
  17. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Burlatvaperaro !!!! Mayor

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    I have what I call a Nuclear Humidor . If ya want , I'll send it to you . Put a blend in it for a day or a few days if needed , then jar it . You can borrow it if ya like , just send her back when youre done .
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  18. Smokey Tom

    Smokey Tom Brain Implosion

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    If you are rehydrating a small amount of tobacco, a small slice of apple adds a nice flavor. I once took a couple slices of apple and put in on a paper towel in a quarter-full tub of PA for a day, and it added a very nice flavor to it, as well as moistening it right back up. I know the old-timers will poo-poo this idea, but I think it works well in a controlled environment.
  19. Johnny

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    If you want to smoke a bowl right away, blow a few breaths into the tobacco after you fill your pipe. Do this through the stem IMO, just run a cleaner through the stem afterwards so you don't have moisture in your stem after rehydrating the tobacco. For the rest of the stash, distilled water on a paper towel. Just check the moisture regularly and rejar it when you reach an acceptable (to you) moisture content
  20. Ridwaan Gallow

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    leave the fruit & vegetables for salads & soups.. Use the paper towel.. Listen to what Mr. Moo said.. If you don't understand what he meant, have an eye specialist appointment made..

    Sorry if i'm being abrupt, but the thread is going around in (semi) circles now..
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