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post #1 of 26 Old 11-16-2019, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Did i just ruin 250+ Cubans?

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I was noticing that my cubans in one of my humidors were overhumidifed. Kept them at 21C/22c and 65%. I could smoke them but did get lots of burn issues and tight/plugged cigars. So a week ago i started to open my humidor to get the humidity down to 62%. I did it a couple of times for half an hour. Last wednesday and thursday however i kept the humidor open about 3 hours on each day (room is at 50%).

Now the last 10 cigars (all different) i picked from this humidor (top/bottom/even tubes) tasted horrible. They taste dried out, are light, just disgusting every single one of them. They taste exactly like when i dry box a cigar for to long. They dont burn hot or fast, they dont feel hard or have cracked wrappers so they do have humidity but i guess the oils just have evaporated. They were fine, although a bit overhumidified, a week ago so its definitely due to the fact i opened the humidor for to long.

I live in a high humidity climate (up to 85%) so my setup is a dedicated room for my cigars with air conditioning at 22C and a dehumidifier to keep the room exactly at 50%.

So my big question is..... did i just ruin a humidor full of cubans or will they recover fully? And with recover i mean 100%. I know you can bring a to dried out cigar back but it will never be the same. Not interested in that.

For now i keep them at 22C/62% and maybe raise 1% every week. What do you guys think?
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Hello Everyone,

I was noticing that my cubans in one of my humidors were overhumidifed. Kept them at 21C/22c and 65%. I could smoke them but did get lots of burn issues and tight/plugged cigars. So a week ago i started to open my humidor to get the humidity down to 62%. I did it a couple of times for half an hour. Last wednesday and thursday however i kept the humidor open about 3 hours on each day (room is at 50%).

Now the last 10 cigars (all different) i picked from this humidor (top/bottom/even tubes) tasted horrible. They taste dried out, are light, just disgusting every single one of them. They taste exactly like when i dry box a cigar for to long. They dont burn hot or fast, they dont feel hard or have cracked wrappers so they do have humidity but i guess the oils just have evaporated. They were fine, although a bit overhumidified, a week ago so its definitely due to the fact i opened the humidor for to long.

I live in a high humidity climate (up to 85%) so my setup is a dedicated room for my cigars with air conditioning at 22C and a dehumidifier to keep the room exactly at 50%.

So my big question is..... did i just ruin a humidor full of cubans or will they recover fully? And with recover i mean 100%. I know you can bring a to dried out cigar back but it will never be the same. Not interested in that.

For now i keep them at 22C/62% and maybe raise 1% every week. What do you guys think?
I'm gonna do you a favor and move this to habanos section. You'll be able to read the responses but not be able to respond yourself...

By the way, they'll be fine. It was only a week.
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It's your lucky day bro. I happen to run a small operation dedicated to the recycling of unwanted or perhaps ruined cigars. Address is in my profile. Just send those babies my way and I'll gladly dispose of them properly lol!!

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It's your lucky day bro. I happen to run a small operation dedicated to the recycling of unwanted or perhaps ruined cigars. Address is in my profile. Just send those babies my way and I'll gladly dispose of them properly lol!!

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There is no way the cigars are damaged if they were fine before. Sometimes people have a bad week - maybe you are catching a cold?
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50-60% is a good smoking range.
Drink a glass of lemonade, wait 15 mins
Eat a scoop of lime sherbert
If that doesn't work....
Wait 3 days and repeat.
Could be a case of just needing a good cleansing.
Your cigars should be fine.

Got a nice selection going on
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Hello Everyone,

I was noticing that my cubans in one of my humidors were overhumidifed. Kept them at 21C/22c and 65%. I could smoke them but did get lots of burn issues and tight/plugged cigars. So a week ago i started to open my humidor to get the humidity down to 62%. I did it a couple of times for half an hour. Last wednesday and thursday however i kept the humidor open about 3 hours on each day (room is at 50%).

Now the last 10 cigars (all different) i picked from this humidor (top/bottom/even tubes) tasted horrible. They taste dried out, are light, just disgusting every single one of them. They taste exactly like when i dry box a cigar for to long. They dont burn hot or fast, they dont feel hard or have cracked wrappers so they do have humidity but i guess the oils just have evaporated. They were fine, although a bit overhumidified, a week ago so its definitely due to the fact i opened the humidor for to long.

I live in a high humidity climate (up to 85%) so my setup is a dedicated room for my cigars with air conditioning at 22C and a dehumidifier to keep the room exactly at 50%.

So my big question is..... did i just ruin a humidor full of cubans or will they recover fully? And with recover i mean 100%. I know you can bring a to dried out cigar back but it will never be the same. Not interested in that.

For now i keep them at 22C/62% and maybe raise 1% every week. What do you guys think?
You are your own best judge as to how they are or should taste. You did not accumulate all those seegars without picking up some knowledge IMHO. What i do when i don't like something. I donate them to our troops.
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Hard to believe you could ruin and dry out all those cigars with only a few hours of the humidor open. Remember, it takes, typically, a week per percentage point to shift humidity in the cigar.

What you need to do is close the humidor and leave it alone for a couple weeks so that the cigars can regulate. Dry boxing for a day or two will only really affect the wrapper and open end unless you are forcing air flow.

As others mentioned, give your pallet a rest and that will also give the cigars a rest. But I would stop opening the humidor.

Get yourself some 62% Bovedas
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