Great to see this thread is still going strong and the procedures for cobbing have been evolving and are still being enthusiastically shared.
I should have caught up on this thread and read the latest method on cobbing before I harvested this year. Instead I used the older method (which I had summarised in my notebook last year) of sweating the cobs in the yogurt maker for a few days and then applying an extended ferment / cure ... looks like I will be getting the deeper heavier effects, rather than the stimulating euphoric effects which I prefer (and which has now been well detailed over the past few months as being achieved via a shorter and drier sweat and cure) ... oh well, something to look forward to next year !!
Photos are of some Chimera 'Hawaiian Spice' (slightly seeded) using both loose buds and cobs in vacuum bags. Buds were slowly dried over about 6 days, with resultant moisture content about 70% (when placed in bag for about an hour) ... this is probably getting to the low end of the optimum moisture range for sweating.
Cobs were vac sealed and sweated for 3 days in yog maker, then dried for a few hours before re-binding, resealing and placing back in the yog maker to sweat another 3 days (i.e. 6 days sweat overall !!). Cobs were then dried to about 75% moisture (yes, the moisture content is always higher after the sweat, probably due to the break-down of cell walls and the resultant release of water from the cells), and resealed in vac bags and placed in a cupboard at about 20C for 8 weeks. Photos are of the cobs after drying to about 65% moisture, just before placing them back into the vac bags for aging. I will try a sample in about a month when I open the bags next. Smells were sweet earthy hash.
Similarly, the loose buds were vac sealed and sweated for 3 days in yog maker, then dried for a few hours before re-binding, resealing and placing back in the yog maker to sweat another 3 days (i.e. 6 days sweat overall !!). Buds were then dried to 70% moisture, and resealed in vac bags and placed in a cupboard at about 20C for 8 weeks. Photos are of the buds after drying to about 65% moisture, just before placing them into jars (so as to slowly stabilise the moisture to about 62% by burping) for aging. Smells were very pronounced sharp woody (cedar / pine ?) aromas with softer fruity undertones.
Hawaiian Spice colas (tray is about 450mm long)
Cobs on left, vac sealed buds (canary) on right
Cobs - getting very dark - and probably a deeper and heavier narcotic type effect
Vac sealed bud - more of a lighter brown-green colour - and hopefully more euphoric !!