Optimum level of humidity for curing and storage
The air inside the bud curing jar should be at a relative humidity of approximately 68-74%. Generally, the flavors can best evolve in such a climate. This level of humidity supports an even burning of the flowers. At a relative humidity level of 70%, and a temperature of 64°F (18°C) the air contains approximately 10 grams of water per cubic meter of air. In such an environment, the buds should equalize to the ideal rate of humidity of 15% of its total weight.
Overly dried buds become brittle, crumble too finely, and burn too fast since their burning is not slowed down by the flower's natural humidity. The smoke can take on a harsher taste. Volatile terpenes are lost resulting in 'less flavor'.
Damp flowers, on the other hand, burn unevenly and incompletely with black ash, and can take on an unpleasant acidic flavor or musty flavor. In storage they may develop mold or rot.
In the 60-75% range buds can be stored for long periods of time without any concern. Caution is required, however, if the humidity level should exceed 80%. In this case the buds can begin to rot and mold.
Temperatures below 55F will slow curing and temperatures above 78F can allow mold to grow.
Does anyone here keep their buds in a humidor?
I like to jar mine when they're at about 25% of their harvest weight.
In the jar I let them loose about 10% of their pre-jar weight.
Jars with humidistats mounted in their lids would be nice.
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