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OfflineI Am Dan

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    #54779 - 06/10/08 02:10 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I have a couple questions about curing. Would it work to put them in vacuum sealed jars? Do you think vacuum sealing is better or worse for the curing process?Lastly, How long do you usually cure your buds for? any other tips would be highly appreciated:)

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Re: About to harvest [Re: I Am Dan]
    #54799 - 06/10/08 02:42 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

you'll want to be opening the jars at least once a day after throwing them in, and this comes after the initial hanging/drying period. 

when you jar them, there will still be moisture that will work its way to the surface and into the air.  you must open the jars daily to let this moisture out or you will encounter mold problems and potentially lose everything.

i suppose vacuum sealing could work once you have the moisture levels perfect.  until that point however, you will be opening your jars too frequently for there to be any point in a vacuum... unless the vacuum could serve to remove moisture more quickly.

curing is largely a trial and error process.  it's hard to understand from directions unless you have experienced it firsthand.  just make sure you don't let them sit in their own moisture and mold over.  keep a constant eye on them from day to day.

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Re: About to harvest [Re: Yrat]
    #57014 - 06/13/08 06:49 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

thanks for the info, any other suggestions? how much should be put in each jar? Is a week long enough to hang dry it?

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Re: About to harvest [Re: I Am Dan]
    #57050 - 06/13/08 07:35 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Your initial drying time will vary based on the humidity in the air.
from 3 days to a week is about average.
Properly cured buds have an even moisture content throughout the entire bud, and a fine smooth smoke.
Some people cure for weeks or more until they get the flavor and aroma they prefer, although its not necessary to cure for a long period to get a good cure.
The main idea is to reduce and even out your moisture content, the rest, is personal preference.

Curing them in paper bag works great, there's no need to vacuum seal, unless they are fully cured and you wish to preserve them.

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Re: About to harvest [Re: I Am Dan]
    #57053 - 06/13/08 07:44 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Filling the jars half way to three quarters should be fine. Its also a good idea to stir the buds up in the jar occasionally, so that the bottom buds end up on top, to help cure more evenly. Cork lids will help absorb moisture and will help with air exchange a little. Open the jar once a day for the first few days, and then once a week for the next few weeks.

A week should usually be long enough for hang drying, but the real thing is to make sure its actually dried enough to start curing, which would be when the main stem will easily snap when bent.


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