An update on my twin bulging pound tins (about time).
Since I was jarring up an order, I decided to deal with these tins. Picked one, wrapped a thick towel around the top - thanks for the advice, whoever posted that! Then pulled the tab. BANG!
And the room was filled with delicious aged-tobacco-gases. Fermented VA and Perique, oh, bliss.
Tobacco was fine, this tin was nearly 3 years old. Crystalization, perfect figgy aroma, perfect moisture. Gas is not necessarily a bad thing
As I extracted the contents, I realized why it was bulging. And possibly why GL Pease no longer makes 1 lb tins. If anyone has opened their 8oz tins, you will know that they use the same paper "cup" that is put into regular 2oz tins - just four of them stacked on top of each other. Two times four = 8oz. Easy packing, I suppose.
This 1lb tin had the same thing. But, as the tin is wider but not much taller - I guess they only could fit 5 paper-cups inside. And each was over stuffed, making the cups stretch out and jam against the sides of the tin. And yes, it did hold 16oz of baccy, I weighed it! This jam packed structure did not leave much room inside the tin, and the baccy was physically pushing up (and down) - not just gas pressure. Hence the tin bulges.
I suppose the tin seams would fail eventually, this was quite the pressure cooker. So if anyone has 1lb GLP tins, I suggest you plan on smoking (or jarring) them first, just in case. And of course I ran out of jars, only about 5oz could fit into a 8 (liquid oz) mason jar. So I'll deal with the other bulging twin at a later date, with any luck it too contains healthy baccy.
I haven't smoked any of it yet, giving it a few days to "cool off", but it smells perfect!