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post #1 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Rehydrating tobacco

I read online at some site i forgot about that the proper way to rehydrate tobacco is to use 1 table spoon of vinegar to 1 quart of distilled water and lay your tobacco out on a table and lightly spray it with the mixture. Ive been just using distilled water and adding some to the jar if need be. Has worked well so far. Anybody else try the mixture or have a different method?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 08:53 PM
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

I use steam from the teapot right at the point where its dissipating into vapor, either in a sieve or in a jar. Rehydration nearly immediately and no chance of contamination

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 10:19 PM
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

I use a super fine mist spray bottle to rehydrate tobacco laid out on a paper towel. Works great for me. Not the kind of bottle you wold use for cleaning, it is a pump bottle more similar to a cologne bottle. Distilled water of course.

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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

Perhaps as a weak disinfectant?
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-03-2010, 10:06 AM
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

Generally, one would like to avoid "contact" between your baccy and water. The risk of mold and other icky things is high.

Take a bowl that can hold all the dried baccy with an inch of two of space above. Put baccy carefully in there and flatten it out (dry baccy will turn to dust, so be gentle).

Take some DISTILLED water (tap water has chlorine and other things, spring water has dissolved minerals) - then again if the cost of the baccy you are trying to save is less than the cost of a jug of distilled water, then use any water. Wet a towel/napkin, not too much - don't want drips.

Lay damp towel/napkin over bowl, ensure its not touching baccy. Leave for a few days/weeks. Repeat until baccy is rehydrated.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-03-2010, 10:15 AM
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

I use a slower method whenever I open a tin or a bulk bag and find that the tobacco arrived a bit on the dry side. I dip one of those coin-shaped humidifiers in distilled water, velcro it to the bottom of a mason jar lid, and screw on tight. I check the humidity level of the baccy after a few days and repeat as necessary. Then again, I've got enough tobacco stored that I'm not on a time schedule with it. It works for me.
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

Nobody here uses an apple slice? I did this for a tin of MacBaren Navy flake that sat opened too long. Worked like a charm.
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

I was told the apple slice method is a no no. I can't quite remember why now though.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-03-2010, 12:57 PM
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

My dad used to say that you were supposed to use orange peels to help keep your baccy moist. Is that something good or bad never tried it myself.
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Re: Rehydrating tobacco

Fruit can make your blend taste like fruit, and it's another chance for mold spores to get in there too. It's a classic old-timer method: cheap, easy, reliable, and flawed.

A damp (not dripping) towel placed over a cereal bowl of tobacco works very well.

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