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 Post subject: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:35 pm 
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Hi I'm a first time grower I'm growing both little yellow and one sucker tobacco plants. I would like a little bit of advice for turning them into chew. I know I need to dry them but I'm still a bit confused on the whole process of it turning into chew. The kind I would like to have is like skoal extra mint I know how to infuse flavors into it just I'm not sure how to make it juicy. Thanks for any help


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:16 am 
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Once your tobacco is ready, harvest it anyway you want either by priming the leaf or stalk curing. Cure in an enclosed structure so that you do not get mold. Give it about 6 weeks or so for your leaves to be completely cured. You can try some leaf now but it will probably be harsh. Bundle it up and put it in a box for a year, or build a small kiln and put it in there for 4 weeks. Once you've done that, shred it and make chew with it. To shred it you can use a hand crank pasta maker with an angel hair attachment. Lacking that you can just take bone dry leaf and crumble it.

As for an actual recipe. The sky is the limit. Take 1 handful of shredded tobacco, add 1 Tablespoon of water. It will not seem like a lot but it will yield a nice moist chew. Add some flavoring and sweetener. Warm this up on the stove for just a few minutes. Next time vary the ingredients to get you what you like.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:49 pm 
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What are the benefits of curing it? And how long can it take?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:32 pm 
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Baccy is of no use until you cure it.
Well, I guess you could use it to make baccy tea for insect spray, or use it for compost.

I think Lonnie's recipe used mullein, and most use a tad of baking soda.
Lonnie boiled it down slowly, and took care not to lose any juice.

It's not a quick process.

Good luck
rc

...so far I have NOT been successful...


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:41 pm 
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I haven't grown any yet but from what was said cure it for 6 weeks if I want to try it then it will be harsh but other wise keep it in a box for a year? Also what's a kiln? And if it speeds up the process how can I make one?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:13 pm 
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F, a year is probably not necessary.

three months minimum is probably a safe bet, and it will continue improving.

Time for cure depends on all the factors and conditions.
Probably, slower and longer is better than attempting fast.

Run a search on the DrBob Crockpot method.
Jack in NB also did a fine job on his kiln, as others, too.

I use a crockpot in a tent made of painter's 10mil plastic with some cardboard for insulation value.
It helps...

But it all depends on what strain you grow and what your conditions are...

Initial pile curing speeds up the process more than anything I have seen, or heard of.
But it still must be hung for curing.
And then aged.

Best
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 Post subject: Re: Tips and tricks for new grower
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:08 am 
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rustycase wrote:
F, a year is probably not necessary.

three months minimum is probably a safe bet, and it will continue improving.

Time for cure depends on all the factors and conditions.
Probably, slower and longer is better than attempting fast.

Run a search on the DrBob Crockpot method.
Jack in NB also did a fine job on his kiln, as others, too.

I use a crockpot in a tent made of painter's 10mil plastic with some cardboard for insulation value.
It helps...

But it all depends on what strain you grow and what your conditions are...

Initial pile curing speeds up the process more than anything I have seen, or heard of.
But it still must be hung for curing.
And then aged.

Best
rc


So what I should do is:

1. Hang for 3 weeks
2. Age for 3 months (minimum)

So one sucker and little yellow in an area that is about 80F with east Texas humidity lol it's always really humid here so an area that's dry is hard to get. With these strains what should be the ideal conditions for these to cure and age? This tobacco is for chew only not smoke or anything else.


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