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 Post subject: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:38 am 
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I'm confused. I mainly grow tobacco for cigars. I cure, then ferment it in my kiln.. then I smoke it :P

Anyway, is cigarette tobacco proccessed the same way? I've seen many references to just hanging it in a barn, then smoking it and I've seen references to fermenting it.

What do you all do? I'm growing some cigarette tobacco to play with and would like to make sure it is proccessed correctly before I start giving it out to my friends. I've already learned that toasting greatly improves the flavor!

Randy B


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:04 pm 
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Alrighty then.. fermenting it is!..Thanks.. Randy B


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:12 am 
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So what would you consider a fermenting chamber to be? I'm guessing it would be basically the same as flue cured, just on a much smaller scale and with a lower temp. I typically ferment at about 115-120 degrees.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:12 am 
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I thought cigar tobacco was fermented in piles reaching high temperatures, as well. I think I read that light bodied cigar tobacco is feremented to temps around 120, and heavier bodied upwards to 140-150 degrees?


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
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I think a lot of it has to do with the product you're trying to make, the dark maduro leaf wrappers for cigars is fermented longer and at higher temps. That's according to the Ultimate Cigar Guide.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:10 am 
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FmGrowIt wrote:
Alex wrote:
Flue cured tobacco has a low ph, high sugar content & medium to high nicotine content.
Fire cured tobacco has a low ph, low sugar content & high nicotine content.
Air cured tobacco has a high ph, low sugar content & variable nicotine content.
Sun cured tobacco has a high ph, low sugar content & the nicotine levels are determined by climatic conditions high in dry climates low in wet climates.

When flue cured tobacco is burnt the PH will continue to become progressively more acidic whereas air/fire/sun cured tobacco becomes progressively more alkaline.
The PH directly affects the way the nicotine will enter your body. In tobacco with a low PH the nicotine is ionized & will travel down to your lungs & is absorbed there. In tobacco with a high PH the nicotine is not ionized & is easily absorbed by the mucous membranes in your mouth.


how does all this compare to sweating in a plastic bag?
thats all iv done and works for me, could this method be making my nic content low or not as easly taken up with my cigs?
the more i sweat it does it loose more nic? (theres often a brown liquard in the bag) nicotine?


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:27 pm 
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Is the perique process a part of curing, or finishing?

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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:10 pm 
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rustycase wrote:
Is the perique process a part of curing, or finishing?

:?:

It's "kinda" both. Perique is stalk cured, but the leaves are pulled off the stalk as soon as they turn brown unlike traditional tobacco that lets the brown leaves dry out before fermenting. These moist cured leaves are then pressed (the curing part) for months to a year!
Randy B


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 Post subject: Re: Do you ferment cigarette tobacco
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:38 pm 
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Aha !

Tnx!

I just GOTTA get some different strains going here so I can learn about the differences...
I'm sitting in the garden right now with my laptop... kinda nice out here !

Best
rc


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