How do I revive dried out tobacco?

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  1. Gentleman

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    Good day,

    Since I don't smoke in the winter time, all of my tobacco from last summer is dried out.
    I was wondering if there is a way to bring it back to life.

    Thanks for your help.

    Dan
     


  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Dan is a good name for a gentleman!

    But it's also my name. :D

    Take your tobacco and place it in a shallow bowl. Damp a towel with distilled water and drape the towel over the bowl, taking care not to touch the tobacco with the towel. Keep it there until the tobacco is moist, mixing the tobacco up from time to time to make sure all of it gets rehumidified.

    Next winter, invest in some ball jars with screwtop lids to keep your tobacco fresh. Enjoy!
     
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  3. Gentleman

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    Thanks! :) so I just cover the bowl with a wet towl like skin over a drum? and where do I buy distilled water? does boiled water work just as well?

    Thanks
     
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    I use a pouch humi button at times and had great results.
     
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    Unless your tap water had chlorine or sulfur smell just use it.
     
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    The local walmart sells gallon jugs of distilled water for about a buck fifty.
     
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    +1 on this... just what I do
     
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    +2
     
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    Thank you very much for the help. how long does it take approximately? how many hours? how many days? how often should I check it? do I need to wet the towel and change it again?

    Thanks
     
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    Just used a slice of bread in a zip lock baggy for some bone dry FVF. Worked VERY well. After 2 days it's border line perfect.
     
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    I put it in a ziploc bag, and and add ever so little water. A spray bottle is best. Then just seal it up for a day or two, and it should be fine.Be careful, don't add too much water, or you'll ruin it. Better to add too little than too much.
     
  12. Rockaholic555

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    The towel bowl trick works good, but I'd assume Brian's bread trick would work great since my mother always used it with her baked good when I was growing up. Slice of bread in with your cookies keeps them soft for a long time.
     
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    Place dry, crispy tobacco in 2 quart container and spread evenly in bottom (I use Glad brand containers) [​IMG]

    Stretch a damp, (not soaking wet) paper towel over the top and seal with lid and let sit overnight[​IMG]

    12 hrs later, nice, soft re-humidified tobacco
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Gentleman

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    oh wow! Thank you so much! that is awesome! I think I am going to do the paper towel trick I have the container too!
     
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  15. Gentleman

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    Thank you very much gentlemen! I tried the paper towel trick and it did the trick!!

    All the best
    Dan
     
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