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 Post subject: Anything better for glue than pectin?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:14 pm 
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Ive used some pectin and my leaf seems like it doesnt wanna stick together when Im making a few cigars. So I decided to use maple syrup. My reasoning is that is stickier than pectin but it doesnt stick together until the water in it evaporates. While I was rolling them they kept falling apart. Am i doing somethin wrong or is there a better solution?


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 Post subject: Re: Anything better for glue than pectin?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:52 pm 
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Guar Gum works fine. It comes in powder form and just a pinch mixed with water swells up to quite a bit. So use sparingly. I got mine at a health food type store that sells bulk food. A table spoon full will do hundres of cigars.


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 Post subject: Re: Anything better for glue than pectin?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:20 pm 
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You can also use gum tragacanth, gum Arabic (acacia gum), and just about any gum that you see in food ingredients. The problem with these is that they are sold on-line in 1 pound quantities. (~$17 for the gum Arabic) On the other hand, I have used only pectin for my cigars. Once it dries, it won't come loose. Maple syrup may or may not work, and may not be the flavor you're after for a cigar.

I think your problem with the pectin is that it's too dilute. It needs to be thick enough that it has trouble pouring out of a container. Your leaf may be too moist. You may also be using too much at a time. With pectin, it's important to join the two surfaces, then not allow them to move at all for 15 seconds or so. If it shifts during that time, all the bonds that have formed are broken, and they won't re-form. That's the nature of pectin. Other gums can be shifted and re-stuck.

If your cigar is well rolled, then you should only need a tiny dab at the head to hold it all together.

Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Anything better for glue than pectin?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:41 am 
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Delux, I think your right, I think that my leaf was too wet. Ill give the pectin another chance to find out.


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