Saving super dry tobacco

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  1. Nuck81

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    I bought two pouches the other day, one was Carter Hall which was perfect, the other was plain SWR that is so dry, I would imagine a grain of sand has more moisture hidden inside of it than this tobacco.

    Is there any quick and easy way to add some water back to this SWR, or am I better off tossing it?
     


  2. el guero

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    I have had good luck putting it in a bowl and covering it with a wet paper towel. Make sure the paper towel isnĀ“t dripping wet or touching the toby and check it every hour or so until you get it to the moisture that you want.
     
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    El guero- Do you put it in the fridge or just sit it on the counter?
     
  4. user1975

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    I leave it on the counter myself. A frost free fridge has a tendency to dry things out if it's not sealed. Not what your looking for here.
     
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    I remember reading that a teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with 1/2 gallon of distilled water and put in a spray bottle. Then spread the toby out in a large pan or bowl, spray, cover and wait a day or so. Never tried it so dont blame me if it doesnt work!
     
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    I read this as well, not sure where... I am curious to know if it works.
     
  7. el guero

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    I just leave it on the counter, putting it in the fridge would be counterproductive. Warm air can hold, and therefor transmit, more moisture than cold air.
     
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    My experience is that burleys and VA's come back to normal flavor once rehydrated, even if they were tinder dry to begin with. Latakia blends lose some serious "panache" and get kind of dull.
     
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    Back in the old days, we'd just put a slice of apple in the pouch for a while.
     
  11. shadow

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    I don't know the "factory moisture" of SWR but if you usually dry it out you could get another pouch of SWR with better moisture and mix the two together to even things out a bit.
    I sometimes do this with Dunhill 965 which is far too moist for me when fresh. I mix old and new 50 /50 and..... heaven kicks in!
    By the way: The old apple slice trick (or potato slice) could rot your tobacco not to mention the false flavour you might get. I'd stay away from that.
     
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    Can you explain exactly how it could rot your tobacco?
     
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    Hi there!
    I remember using that trick with the apple slice many years ago: Took an apple slice and stuffed it into my pouch.
    A few days later I had white mould in the pouch which rendered the tobacco useless although the apple has been washed before.
    I know this has happened to a few people, not just me, hence the warning.:)
     
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    Odd. I've done it many times, especially on certain C&D blends that I thought a bit dry from the outset.
     
  15. shadow

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    Maybe it was just bad luck in my case. Have you had any strange flavour developing with your tobacco, i.e. apple flavour etc?
     
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    I put a very lightly damped paper towel over it spread out on a plate and it has worked. I would smoke it relatively quickly though as the new dampness has brought on moldy off flavors for me.

    A few tobaccos I've rehydrated (all of mine seem to die at some point since I don't really get to smoke too much) have never recovered their shine, with nicer smelling ones I've just allowed the remnants to dry in the open air in my home office as a kind of potpourri which the wife likes as well. They last much, much longer than the expensive stuff, are subtler and are much better than just being thrown away.
     
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    Not that I could detect. I'd put a slice in with a partially empty 2 0z tin and let it sit for a couple of days. It would give it enough moisture to bring it to an acceptable (for me) level. If anything, the apple started to smell like tobacco.

    To be fair, I've never tried this with a crunchy-dry tobacco.
     
  18. shadow

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    I bet there is a point where completely dried out tobacco is just beyond "repair".:bing:
    The only way to maybe save it is to mix a bit of the old with a bit of new. I would hate to throw away tobacco.
     
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    I must have purchased the SWR from the same place. It's more dry than a desert. That's probably why I don't like the stuff very much.
    I've used the bowl and paper towel trick. With the bowl and damp paper towel, I'll sometimes cover the paper towel and bowl with saran wrap. The tobacco seems to stay moist a little longer than with just a paper towel

    I've also used a food container with a dampened sponge glued/taped to the inside of the lid. Both have seemed to work for me. The container deal keeps the tobacco moist a bit longer than the bowl/paper towel/saran deal.
     
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    I keep a little leather pouch in the car, and it get pretty dry pretty fast if I don't smoke it up in a few days. I sometimes just put a few drops of water in it if it gets really crispy. I only keep a small amount of toby in it. If I had to rehydrate a whole ounce or more, I'd put it in a bowl and cover it with a damp towel to avoid any actually wet toby, where mold might grow.
     
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