Drying Tobacco

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Drying Tobacco

Post by ryland » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:12 pm

When I read tobacco reviews I'll sometimes come across someone who dries their tobacco for five or ten minutes.

I've left tobacco out overnight and find a change in that, but I don't see how drying for 5, 10 or 20 minutes makes any noticeable difference.

Can anyone prove me wrong?
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Jocose » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:50 am

I'm not certain that anyone can "prove you wrong "

That being said..

For me it depends on the tobacco.

Sometimes a tin of PIF is extra moist and I'll break a bowlful in pieces to let dry for 10-20 mins, other times the said or other tobacco is ready for flame.

Sometimes pipe guys just geek out on stuff, there is no right or wrong unless you do stuff like put jelly in yer pipe.

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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Goose55 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:04 am

Myself, I don't like to fight to keep moist tobacco lit. So, I often warm a rubbed out bit in the microwave for 20-25 seconds and then let it set on the warm plate while I ready my pipe for packing. Usually with the ceiling fan on. The blends still have wonderful flavors and its a real joy to be able to sip my way through a bowl seldom needing to relight.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by UncleBob » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 am

Whenever I encounter people who insist on drying tobacco for X minutes to get the perfect smoke, I always remember that line from Young Guns 2:
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Adam Z » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:39 am

5-10 minutes doesn't produce any noticeable results, but I think I've noticed results in the 20-25 minute range. Sometimes I've had some tobacco that isn't drenched, but it's just a tad bit more moist than what I think is optimal, so I'll spread out a bowl's-worth of tobacco on a sheet of paper for 20 minutes or so before packing it.

I've tried the microwave method, but in my limited experience the tobacco gets a bit crispy, and the smoking characteristics are altered too much by it - unto each his own.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by hugodrax » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:49 am

UncleBob wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 am
Whenever I encounter people who insist on drying tobacco for X minutes to get the perfect smoke, I always remember that line from Young Guns 2:
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I always think of this video.

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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by ryland » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:52 am

I've heard microwaved tobacco gets better if you wrap it in foil before you heat it up.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by hugodrax » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:55 am

ryland wrote:
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I've heard microwaved tobacco gets better if you wrap it in foil before you heat it up.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by ryland » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:01 am

hugodrax wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:55 am
ryland wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:52 am
I've heard microwaved tobacco gets better if you wrap it in foil before you heat it up.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by John-Boy » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:04 am

I accidentally left the lid off my mason jar of PS LNF. It sat open over night. It was drier the next day. Kinda glad there's not much left.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:54 pm

I think if you spread the tobacco out enough, and put it under a lamp, 15-20 can help a little...


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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:34 pm

What is wrong with you people?

Dry it until you like it. Then tell us about why you liked it that way.

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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Goose55 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:33 am

Drying Sam Gawith's Mayors Chocolate Flake is an absolute must, it comes so wetly in the tin.

I zap a rubbed out large bowlful in the mic for 30 seconds and then leave it under a ceiling fan as I prepare my pipe. No loss of flavor at all, and burns like a dream.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:14 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 am
Whenever I encounter people who insist on drying tobacco for X minutes to get the perfect smoke, I always remember that line from Young Guns 2:
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Goose55 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:25 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:14 pm
UncleBob wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 am
Whenever I encounter people who insist on drying tobacco for X minutes to get the perfect smoke, I always remember that line from Young Guns 2:
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But it works for me. That's all that matters.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by hugodrax » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:35 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:25 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:14 pm
UncleBob wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 am
Whenever I encounter people who insist on drying tobacco for X minutes to get the perfect smoke, I always remember that line from Young Guns 2:
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But it works for me. That's all that matters.
No. That's all that matters to you. There are other people out there, you know. You might have seen them in Costco.

Not that I give a flip, mind. You can dry it. I don't. We both seem to smoke. No harm, right? Not like that straight grain canard of yours.

Now to work on my opus: They Pack the Tobacco Wetly.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by coco » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:01 pm

Turn the gas on high and heat up a skillet. Stir fry the tobacco in oil vigorously. In the last minute of stir frying, add garlic and onion. Pack the resulting mixture into your pipe and enjoy, as it will have the PERFECT moisture content. This method was recommended by an expert.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Cleon » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:16 pm

I think it makes a difference if it's a PG laden blend like Captain Black or if it's something like say, oh, Ennerdale Flake. The later has no PG to retard evaporation. Captain Black can sit out all night and not get crispy. Ennerdale is another story. It dries much faster. In a new tin I rub out a flake on a piece of paper and let it dry for about a half hour or so is not uncommon.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by TNLawPiper » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:40 pm

John-Boy wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:04 am
I accidentally left the lid off my mason jar of PS LNF. It sat open over night. It was drier the next day. Kinda glad there's not much left.
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Re: Drying Tobacco

Post by Steverino » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:56 pm

I seldom dry tobacco but the times that I have, I've put some on a sheet of paper (no lightbulb nearby) and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Does the trick. I wouldn't dare put it in the microwave because I would be roundly scolded.

As a matter of fact, I dried some today (just remembered). It was Peterson 3P. I had already cut up the plug into small pieces (think long and narrow) and I took the top off the tin and let it sit about an hour. Got pretty dry and was easy to light. Easier than if you don't dry it a little. IMHO, YMMV, LOL, et al.
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