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 Post subject: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:17 pm 
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I am just starting out and I have some questions
1.) Is it necessary to color cure my tobacco before drying it to make chew?
2.) Once i do dry it is it necessary to cure it?
3.) What is the easiest method of curing? (eg. dashboard method, air cure etc. . .)
4.) Could you explain this curing method step by step?


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 Post subject: Re: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:58 am 
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To answer your questions...

1.) ALL tobacco should be "color cured" which means taking the green leaf and hanging it in a barn or shed and let it slowly turn brown. This usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks.

2.) See 1.0 above

3.) See 1.0 above, I think what you are really asking is what's the best way to ferment it (sometimes called sweating). There are several ways to do this. You can just leave all of your cured tobacco alone for 1 year or you could try the dashboard method. I've done that (dashboard method)and it's ok if you have a very small amount of tobacco and it's summer time when you do it. The best way to ferment is in a kiln.

4.) If you are indeed actually referring to fermenting then: I build a box out of rigid foam insulation (mine is 32 cubic feet) I add a 100 watt light bulb wired to a thermostat and I put inside a warm mist humidifier. I set the thermostat for 115-120, add water and ferment for 4 weeks. The tobacco is hung on sticks inside the kiln. I do about 400 leafs per load. The humidity is controlled by a little vent door. I keep it at about 70%

Randy B


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 Post subject: Re: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:07 pm 
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yup


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 Post subject: Re: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:00 am 
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so. . . . All i do is get my leaves yellow to brown by color curing

dry them. . . .

then dashboard cure. . . . .

then use the recipe of my choice to flavor my chew. . .

Right?


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 Post subject: Re: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:03 am 
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Yep, that is about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you have to color cure your tobacco to make chew?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:53 pm 
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If I wanted to make a plug out of my chew what would i have to do? I'd really like to talk to Lonnie from Tenn he seems to know what he's talking about when it comes to chewin baccy but if anyone knows the best way to make a plug let me know.

I assume you would make it like you would your loose leaf chew and flavor it first then proceed to place it in a mold and use c clamps or pressure of some sort like you would a brick maybe?


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