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Old 02-10-2019, 05:23 AM #2641
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Listen boys... Why dont y'all moisture pack boys go start your own damn thread... The is a method that requires skill and a sharp eye... If you use packs fine... Go use them and be satasified with your product... Personally ill use the skills I have painfully learned... Fuck a mosture pack... You can't tell me adding a pack adds quality or anything else...quality is I the skill of the grower and the genetics of the plants.. Period Nuff Said..
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:19 PM #2642
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Hey, I'm back with another result .
After my little trouble with a previous harvest where I turned my absolute dank weed into no-smell crap. Thanks very much for your help in this thread, it has been super informative.

I'm a little over 2 months after my last harvest and I've achieved the highest quality I've ever grown. My friends and co-smokers all agree so it's not just my wishful thinking. Well, I'm waaay too self-critical for that anyway. This weed would be gone in a day if I were selling any.

I have the weed that I want, that everybody wants, of the highest quality. But I didn't really follow any of the common instructions. I did jar it up and pay attention to RH.

Fan leaves taken off, it was left hanging in a room at 50-60% RH for 15-17 days. The sugar leaves were perfectly crispy and snapping off, stems snapped. Buds snapped. The buds smoked delicious. The main stems never snap in my RH. I have a 4 month old main stem right here next to me that still does not snap. It bends and cracks at 90 degrees. I put the buds in jars with a hygrometer and never burped them. The hygrometer read 51% a month ago and still does today.
When I want to smoke weed I take something out of the jar and smoke it. I just opened a jar that was closed for 6 weeks since I put those buds in there and it's perfect. It smells as violent as it ever did. It crumbles well and is not emaciated or dried out or whatever. It's dense, sticky and smelly, resinous. It's everything I want and more.


The other batch was more moist in the jar. When I aired it out and dropped it to 51% it got DRY, as people have said. Dusty, too dry (but it improved the smoke for me). Now this batch has been at 51% since forever and it is COMPLETELY different. Smoke-dry but dank, it's just perfect. The other stuff almost turns to powders when you squeeze it, these are hard dense nugs. So I guess one RH% can have not just slightly different results but radically different.

What really matters of course is the moisture content IN the bud. And thats what most of us cannot measure because I think it costs a fortune to do that. Yes, weed is like a sponge and it works interestingly with the relative humidity... but it's not the be all end all.

Guess I'm saying what has already been said some time, and what most of you guys have learned already. Such as not to jar it too wet. I've had good results and bad results before but always wondered about the whyness of it and there is very interesting discussion here.

Here at this time mark is something you guys will probably enjoy listening to. A phd in plant science who works with cannabis talking about curing.

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Thanks, Good stuff!

After all these years drying to a 'crack,' I'm finding the same you are. It's looking like the best way is to keep it closed up with gentle air flow, while keeping the RH at the point you want to jar at. 2 weeks is about right, depending on temp.

I'm looking to build a small humidistat/fan combo for a drying box. Only kicks on to add lower RH air if the RH goes above 62%, then slowly down to 55% (my favorite for most stuff in a jar).
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If anybody is looking for curing tips, the biggest one I would give is this- Don't trim your plant in any way when you harvest it. Just cut it down at the base, and hang it upside down whole.
Doing this has improved my curing more than anything else, besides finding this very helpful thread in the first place.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:50 PM #2646
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In my climate I dry whole plant upside down anywhere from 5-10 days and then trim it. Turns out good and usually in the 55-60% range. When I first started growing, drying/curing was one of the trickiest parts to get right. This thread is gold for new growers or anyone having trouble with drying/curing.
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Recently decided to give this method a try. I dried as usual but after final trim put the bugs into paper bags for a few days. Buds are fully seeded. I put them into jars without much room left and put my new caliber IV in. I am sitting at 55% with a few already! I had already added 62% bovedas. Are the jars just not airtight at all? They are Ball. I haven't used jars for every. Seeds are dry except for the non mature a few are wet. Buds are sticky feel too wet/sticky to break up.

What is the lowest RH% that the buds will still cure at? I have read 55% ones on 57 another on 62. How long do I need to leave the meter in the jar?

the 55% has been over 24 hrs no opening. Temp is 71.

Like I mentioned this round they got fully seeded up as I was waiting on the male's cutting to root.

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Sounds like you dried them unevenly, and you haven’t read the thread.

As far as the lowest RH at which the curing process will continue to completion is one of those science questions that didn’t come with money, so pretty sure that science hasn’t been done.

You’re cruising on the edge of overdrying them from your report, that’s why jarring when RH is in the 60-67% range is advised: once they’re ‘too’ dry, it’s too late to cure them any further. Adding the Bovida pack at jarring was probably a mistake, but you’ll find out.

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Sounds like you dried them unevenly, and you haven’t read the thread.

As far as the lowest RH at which the curing process will continue to completion is one of those science questions that didn’t come with money, so pretty sure that science hasn’t been done.

You’re cruising on the edge of overdrying them from your report, that’s why jarring when RH is in the 60-67% range is advised: once they’re ‘too’ dry, it’s too late to cure them any further. Adding the Bovida pack at jarring was probably a mistake, but you’ll find out.

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THey Reek right now wondering if the seeds are messing with the readings?

How do you know when they are at 60-67% when they are still hanging? That seems to be my issue....

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Can’t really see how the seeds themselves would ‘mess with it’, although I imagine they will slow down the cure, as they will be the last things to dry.

As for telling the RH in your drying room, you *did* say you have at least one of the Calibers - why not use that? It has a magnet, stick it to something about halfway up the far wall from the door (making sure air intake isn’t blowing on it), and just check it every time you go in?
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