how do you dry tobacco leaves?

i want to know how its done rite and so im not smoking moldy leaves.yes smoking hoo, don’t leave your boo hoo crap . no cry baby smoking killed my mommy crap.

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  • well jakers, you know there is forums where you got select and Interested crowd rather than mainstream everybody crowd. so use search engine to find them if u want to save yourself all that crying for mercy that you are doing. i mean like dude, i understand but why conduct a preemptive attack on Us All?


    when i dry my tobacco i am going to try fermenting it a bit. it seems most drying texts seem to stress the fact that a color change needs to take place for classic tobacco taste. color change can be affected several ways, even including the growing of plants that naturally are prone to yellowing even before harvest; such plants, Gold Leaf, are often harvested throughout the season as the leaves yellow.

    the texts that describe drying procedures are rather detailed when it comes to temperatures and lengths of time the plants are exposed to it. drying sheds like the other guy was mentioning, those sheds are often kept at two different temperatures; sometimes using a dry heat for a few days then switching to one augmented by flues to affect a fermentation or color change and then switch back to regular drying. i even read that the moisture level can be brought way down, like 20% or so(?) and then the material rehydrated a bit for long term storage; typical humidor is kept at 70% humidity.

    surprisingly, typical american cigarettes are actually a combo of all three types of nicotiana tabacum. the main one (like gold leaf) is used for bulk but then the other (oriental) is for taste and then the strongest third type (burley) has a water extraction performed on it and then that concentrate is sprayed onto the dried tobacco until it raises the nicotine % to a uniform level.

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    main thing to avoiding mold is avoiding temperatures and humidity levels that favor the growth of bacteria More than it favors the plant. i.e. 72-90F is where bacteria wants to grow; and their spores need humidity to germinate, so, if humidity in the plant or the air is high, then temp needs to go up or come down.

    i am also thinking of experimenting with bleach or maybe h2o2 added to ambient room atmosphere; to control mold spore proliferation.

  • Dried Tobacco Leaves

  • Depends on the type.

    Burley- You hang up the stalk with the leaves still attached.

    Flue Cured – You will need a barn that is basically air tight. then hang leaves so air will circulate through the tobacco.

    Fire cured- Much like flue cured except you will need a heat source to heat the barn.

    When you dry tobacco it is still in a raw stage and not pleasant for smoking. The mildness comes from years of aging. If you smoke freshly dried tobacco you will see what I mean.

  • Age the tobacco leaves by allowing them to dry. This process allows the carotenoids in the leaf to oxidize and degrade, producing a smoother more aromatic flavor. There are primarily four methods to accomplish the aging of tobacco: air-curing, fire-curing, flue-curing and sun-curing.

    Step 2Air-cure tobacco by hanging the leaves in a ventilated barn until they have no sugar remaining. This usually occurs by the time they have turned a light to medium brown.

    Step 3Fire-cure tobacco by setting it out on racks over a wood-fueled fire. This method is used mostly for pipe blend tobacco because the type of wood used for the fire influences the flavor.

    Step 4Flue-cure tobacco by hanging it in a closed barn. Pipes from radiators or some other source supply controlled heat to the leaves until the starch is converted to sugar and the leaves turn yellow-orange.

    Step 5Sun-cure tobacco by setting it on racks in the sun for between 12 and 30 days. This method is similar to flue-curing and will produce a sweeter tobacco.

  • Here are my three favorite tobacco sites:…

    The first is a forum with people who can help with just about anything having to do with tobacco, the second is an excellent source of information, seeds, flavorings, etc. and the third is another source for seeds with some additional information.

    Good luck and enjoy!

  • Unless he’s growing and shredding the tobacco himself, there’s still harmful chemicals in the smoke. And yes, second hand smoke can harm others. What you CAN do is ask him (nicely) if he would consider not smoking while your son is in the house. If he declines, either suck it up or don’t visit them anymore. It’s their house and they can do as they wish. Don’t fret too much. Second hand smoke isn’t a death sentence like everyone likes to scream about it being. I was surrounded by second hand smoke all my life and I’m fine. And I don’t even smoke.

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    how do you dry tobacco leaves?

    i want to know how its done rite and so im not smoking moldy leaves.yes smoking hoo, don't leave your boo hoo crap . no cry baby smoking killed my mommy crap.

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