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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:11 pm 
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Not sure how much you're using Ozark...
8 or 10 dried leaves in a plastic bag with some pieces of apple or lettuce leaves will make em pliable to work with, overnight.
Then I use a combo of two methods for shredding.
I roll em up into a fat cigar, then start slicing very thin off one end with a sharp razor knife.
Let it dry out a tad to roll ciggies...
So far, my own tobacco is not so good. gotta blend it with some commercial.
I'm hoping age will improve it.
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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:41 pm 
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Good suggestion on the lettuce leaf or apple!
I tend to either get them too wet, or not soft enough and they still shatter.

I haven't tried cutting them that way, sounds like it just might help.

I pull the center stem out, and then just use the scissors, usually I am tired of messing with them, by the time I cut up 4-5 leaves.

They have no taste, no tobacco odor, but they have reasonable nicotine, so sure it really needs the commercial or it is BORING but very smokeable.


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:49 pm 
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You're a lucky girl, Ozark !
Mine are smooth enough, but have no tobacco smell and no kick. :(

I'm really hoping the problem is that I've been using all culls and mud lugs. The mature leaves I'm picking now really should be better. Aging and roasting/toasting should help.

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Mine lost the fresh picked smell after about a month or two. They started smelling like good tobacco after three and I kept aging it after that. I did not store mine except in the open plastic bags in the garage. I did place a small piece if plastic (strip) over the top as a dust cover. It worked well last time. I hope it does this time also.


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:26 pm 
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Yikes!

Shihan, I wanna torch this stuff!
...wait a M O N T H ????

:lol: :lol: :lol:
I'll burn it as I go along, and hope some lasts that long ! :twisted:

I just ran out of room in my tent w/crockpot and pulled enough out to fill a shopping bag. I'll let it age.
Well, most of it, I hope... :)
Got to put in 3 or 4 more wires worth 2morrow of green leaf that is presently in a 'hanging heap sweat formation' now.
Then I got a boxful sweating. It will need to hang within 2 or 3 days.

My green grass, silage smell is going away after about 4 days in the tent at approximately 72RH - 72F with ups and downs from me opening the tent to change out leaf on wires. I REALLY want more heat ! Heater fan did not work.

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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:39 pm 
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I don't remember if I included that I bagged after I color cured.


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:29 pm 
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Well Shihan, did you bag it in high case, or low case?

I'm learning... it might make a big difference...

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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
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rustycase wrote:
Well Shihan, did you bag it in high case, or low case?

I'm learning... it might make a big difference...

rc

I'm not familiar with the terminology but my tobacco developed a rich tobacco smell after about three months of aging in the garage.


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:30 pm 
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Ozark

You can bring baccy in case fast . Well maybe not fast but easy . Judt spray with water and seal in plastic bag . Go back a couple hours later and in good case so if you need to sheread smoke tomorrow prep it today so it's ready .

But yea all said they is lots of work just smoking this baccy even after the growin / dryin is over . Takes me about 3 hours a week I guess for preparing a weeks worth to smoke . Thats one pound shreaded , blended and cased . Or about 90 bucks so looking at it that was 3 hours isn't bad thats 30 bucks an hour .


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
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hi
I was looking to see if needed more tubes ,when realized how few wife is smoking now. She used to smoke between 2 and 3 cartoons every 10 days. Thats 2-3 packs a day. now she has just went 2 weeks at less than a pack a day. I didn't realize how less she had been smoking. So the cost went down from the high prices and then went down more because of reduced usage. her cost was between $7 and $10 aday now is less than $.75. I also buy some tobacco, so if I could get it to where I didn't have to buy any it would go lower .
Has anyone else seen a drop in number of cigerettes smoked aday? And yes lonnie it is good wages to make your own. :lol: lee


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smbdyiam I am curious has your wife increased in weight ?
Is she more active now ? What about sleep habits ?


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 Post subject: Re: changing to home grown
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hi
yes she has gained some weight She doesn't say but I would guess from the 125* to 140* may be 135* just enough to tell and make clothes tighter. Mostly last couple of months slowly. I think she is less active but when it hurts to do anything that stands to reason. havent noticed much differance in sleep . she doesn't sleep much for last 5-6 years. lee


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