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 Post subject: On the road to independence.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:32 am 
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Location: New Zealand
Started smoking my first pick this week.
Everything has taken a lot less time than I expected.
Two weeks to cure to a nice light brown.
Three weeks in dry storage.
Then I ran out of store bought an the mrs put the hard word on me about spending money.
So I thought,,stuff it, I'm going to give this stuff I've grown a try.
Chopped up two dry leaves and placed half an apple in the box with them over night.
Next day I rolled up and found it didn't taste half bad,,,but it kept going out after every second puff.
So I bought a packet of taylor mades,broke em' up an mixed them with my home grown.
That made the mix around 1/4 store bought and 3/4 home grown.
So now I have an exceptable smoke that doesn't keep going out.
Since the whole point of this exersize has been to save money,I just cut my weekly bill down by 3/4ths.
At NZ rates that's about $70 a week.

I thought this was supoussed to be complicated,,,,,Ha Ha Ha. :mrgreen:

ED.


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 Post subject: Re: On the road to independence.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:19 am 
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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Finding much the same. I grew Virginia this year. Seen to have the hang of curing it now. Hang it in an old Playhouse til leaves yellow then move them out into the glasshouse to dry crisp in the sun. I've caught up with what I cured now so grabbed some leaves that the midrib was barely dry and stripped and sliced them and it almost tastesb like cigarettes now. And they burn all the way down no problem.

The higher up leaves are a bit thicker and seem to burn slightly better.


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 Post subject: Re: On the road to independence.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:22 pm 
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Location: central coast of Kalifornia
ed, the other day I shredded some leaf for my daily that was not quite ready...
put about 1" deep in a bread pan into the oven when a pizza was about done and left it in there after the heat went off.
Then I dumped it into a glass jar with some apple chunks overnight.
..worked pretty good...

You can try spraying the leaf down with sugar water before putting it into the oven for a bake session.
Commercial guys also use invert sugar, licorice, glycerine, propylene glycol, all kinds of stuff for burn rate modifiers...

I still use up to 25% cheap pipe tobacco in my blends for a burn rate modifier.
It costs $16us a pound here in Kalifornia. Red River brand is what I use.

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 Post subject: Re: On the road to independence.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:04 am 
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Thanks guys, I'll try Glycerine and maybe a touch of bourbon .

I've been told that glycerine alters the PH of the smoke as it burns which provides a smoother flavour and clean burn.

The bourbon I just like. :mrgreen:


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