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post #1 of 7 Old 10-13-2019, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Drying Tobacco

Hi everyone! The last time I smoked a pipe I was living in Holland. And the man at the tobacco store told me I should start pulling some tobacco from my pouch and putting it on a dinner plate to dry it. Then he said when it was dry, it would smoke much better. So I tried it, and it seemed to really help, but that was in 2007. I wonder if it's still a good technique?
Any tips on whether to dry or not to dry fresh tobacco from everyone here on the forum?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-13-2019, 07:47 PM
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For me, it depends what it is, Haunted Bookshop and Baileys Front Porch 2 blends i smoke a lot i just load em right up, no drying, most of the other blends i smoke get some drying time, @OneStrangeOne gave us all a good rule of thumb, leave it out until its just short of "crispy" I know a few here use a 10 second in the microwave to help some blends dry quicker, some of the Aro's need an overnight dry

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Most of the time not only does it smoke better but taste better too.
When I get a new to me Blend I’ll either Start with “as is” and then experiment with different amounts of drying time or I’ll go ahead and dry it until it’s just short of crunchy and work backwards until I find the ‘sweet’ spot. There is no perfect dryness that works for everything, you’ve just gotta play with it until you find what you prefer.

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Very often reviewers on tobaccoreviews.com and YouTube will give their opinions about how moist or dry a blend is right out of the tin and whether it needs drying time or can be smoked immediately. That's not a bad place to begin thinking about how much to dry your tobacco.
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I find that I prefer my tobacco on the drier side, but when it gets crispy its a bit harsh. Depends on the blend though, as my HH Old Dark Fired is pretty crispy but still smokes great.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-14-2019, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Oh man! This is going to be a great adventure! Thanks for all the tips guys - keep em coming.
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Up here in the PNW, especially during the rainy season, it can be almost impossible to dry tobacco by leaving it out. In some cases it can even draw in MORE moisture as it sits. More than a few times I've laid it out flat on a piece of foil. Then put it a good distance under the broiler in the oven, and let it sit for a few minutes. Seems to work well just have to be careful not to let it get very hot as it can cause some weird changes in the flavors.
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