Rehydrating blues

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Capt Ahab, Dec 16, 2011.

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  1. Capt Ahab

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    hi all :). so captain ahab did a little rummaging through his tobacco collection today to see what tobacco would be best for a Christmas day smoke, and when he found the blend that he wanted to save for the festivities and opened the tin, there she be, a tragic sight that im sure all of you have seen before at one time or another the tobacco was bone dry :doh:. Now ive heard of ways to rehydrate tobacco, but i was wondering if any of you have ever had any experience in this field?
     


  2. jkstewart1

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    I don't post much, but I have found that placing the tobacco in a 'reaction-proof' bowl (stainless or glass) and draping it with a kitchen towel that's been moistened with distilled water does the trick. Start with a few hours and then check it every so often until you reach your desired level of moisture. Use distilled water in case any would leak into the 'baccy so you won't be as subject to mold.
    Someone else can probably shed more light on the subject. Hope it helps.
     
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  4. CalPiper

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    What JK said above is spot on. Also I remember in one forum a poster said he loaded his pipe with the tobacco, plugged the top of the bowl with his thumb, and breathed into the tobacco through the stem for a few minutes and let the warm moisture from his breathe moisten the tobacco a bit. Dont know since I havent tried it yet, but just a thought if you need to MacGyver it whilst out in the field.
     
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  5. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    jk's method works a lot of the time, but some blends never come back to full flavor if they go tinder dry - usually latakia blends. What tobacco is it?
     
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  6. SmokeyJoe

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    I've re-hydrated several types of tobacco using the Gladware method.
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    I use a quart size container so that 2 oz of tobacco can be spread evenly on the bottom, and then place a damp paper towel over the top.

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    I let it sit overnight, and it's ready to smoke.
    I used this method recently on some very dry Balkan Sobranie from the 90's, and the resultant smoke was sublime.
     
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  7. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    And yez got that cool hydro-meter thingy too! :thu:
     
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  9. Capt Ahab

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    excellent thanks guys :toast: . the tobacco blend consists of burley, virginias, and black cavendish. ima have to give it a whirl tomarrow.
     
  10. Ol Brokedik

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    Obviously you're a smart guy, Capt Ahab. Well be looking for more from you.

    Ol Brokedik.
     
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