[quote="Low Pockets"]Going off of Caliginous' list above; I used method "1a" stacking to color cure and hang to dry.
Moving on to "2" (fermenting/sweating) -I plan on stacking the leaves to ferment without the use of a kiln. Am I just tossing all of the leaves in a pile or whats the deal here? Covered/Uncovered?[/quote
I've grown tobacco before, but just recently found out why it never tasted right..LOL.. I figured all you did was hang it upside down till dry. WoW, was I wrong. Any ways, my friends, friend sent me 40 pounds of flue cured tobacco which needs to be aged to take that bite out of it. Any ways I'm no pro at this aging yet, but I'm using the kiln method below as I don't want to wait that long. (if any one knows better please step in because I am only two weeks into the kiln method as when I opened the box from my friends friend it was to hard to hang it as the stems were rock hard:)
So its in the kiln in burlap bags!
For the stacking method I couldn't find a place where it said to have the humidity so I figure any thhing above 50 RH would be fine, but like I said... I'm no pro:)
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There are two methods of fermenting, stacking and kiln fermenting.
The stacking method is used by large growers, stacks of tobacco weighing around 100 lbs are wrapped ion burlap and allowed to "sweat" the internal temp is closely monitored and when it reaches 140 degrees the stack is broken down to release tar, ammonia, and nicotine. The stack is torn down and rebuilt several times until the temp will no longer reach 110 degrees, the stems are stripped and stacked in a cooler place (65 degrees to age for a time (6 weeks to 6 years).
Kiln fermenting is what the smaller grower must use if he or she wants to smoke any time soon. The kiln is a small-insulated container with an artificial heat source that helps to simulate the fermentation stack. The leaves are wrapped in burlap and placed in the kiln with the lid shut heat and humidity are carefully controlled (temp 125 to 135 degrees and 72 to 75% humidity) the kiln is left on 24 hours a day and opened only once a day to rotate the bundles. After a week the bundle is broken down and repacked to vent the leaves. Kiln fermenting lasts about 6 weeks, the relative humidity must be carefully maintained during this time. A short aging period will fallow of 4 to 6 weeks until the leaves can either be rolled into cigars or cut for cigarette, pipe, or chewing tobacco.
Remember aging will always improve a tobacco, and any tobacco leaves can be kiln cured if it has been properly stored (humidity no lower than 50%). Smoking uncured tobacco is unpleasant and dangerous as the nicotine and ammonia contained can be fatally high, not to mention it will taste like your smoking leaves from your front yard.