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 Post subject: Smoking the midrib?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:26 pm 
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http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/ckq76a99/pdf

At the bottom of the article they mention companies cutting up the stems and adding it to the tobacco. I know its done to stretch the tobacco, (more volume to sell), but do any of yall do this? My first thought is that it would be lower quality, but it is part of the leaf, so what do i know?

After color curing mine, I always strip the midrib out, dry the leaf, pack it away and throw the stems in the compost pile.

If it doesnt lower the smoking quality maybe this would be helpful for those that find they grew too small of a crop? Just an idea. Sounds like a pain slicing up those ribs though.


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
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I shred any that are size of pencil or smaller. shredder does not know difference and wife evidently doesn't either. been so long since I grew one bigger than pencil really don't know what I would do now, the big stalks I grind and soak in water and make bug killer.


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:09 pm 
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I was gettin' some serious dejavu there for a second.... haha
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=5917&p=58020&hilit=pencil#p58020
There's more info there about this topic.

I think I might strip out my stems pretty soon, Baylor. It's just not dry enough outside for them to actually get dry...
Also, whenever I come across stems in commercial pipe tobacco I toss em. They're hard to tamp down/pack and they're such a small percentage of the blend it's not a huge loss. I figure if they don't bother you for some reason smoke em up but if they do, pitchin' em out is pretty easy too.


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
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I leave stems/ribs in if they aren't too big, it helps the tobacco stay lit better. (thin leaf doesn't hold an ember well)


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
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Better to grind the stems to use in snu's or dry snuff


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:30 pm 
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They are talkin' about paper...

All that scrap can be pulped, rolled out and dried, then shred to use as a percentage of the blend.
IIRC, the rib and veins hold 5% or better of the available desired chems in the baccy.

Offerings like cheap pipe tobacco include more of the paper than other products might.
Not a substitute or fake addition, it's still 100% baccy...

:-)
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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
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rustycase wrote:
Offerings like cheap pipe tobacco include more of the paper than other products might.
Not a substitute or fake addition, it's still 100% baccy...


cept the binders and flavorings they add to make it look and taste more normal. ;p


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 Post subject: Re: Smoking the midrib?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:03 pm 
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King, what is 'normal' ?

Marlboro reds?
Camel 99's?

I once had a bona fide tobacco salesman tell me a Camel was what a cigarette should be.
At the time, I was a Pall Mall user. Quite a bit different.

Here and there, different members have discussed their blends and sauce, trying to come close to the Marlboro reds.
They described how their baccy was well cured, aged, and manicured, free of stems and such...

The bigbonner came along and interjected that perhaps lack of any stems at all might just be what we were missing in the blend.

I dunno...
But I DO know big tobacco IS in it for the money, and if using a certain amount of tobacco paper makes financial sense to them, they would have no reservations employing that practice. and of course they use sauce!
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