I started a little experiment with some recently harvested Bangi Haze and Zamaldelica (one plant each). I cut in the first week of May, hang dried, then jarred and burped to 65-68% RH. Once I reached that RH, the jars were only burped quickly once every 5 days or so. The grassy smell has faded and the terpenes are getting through. Just about ready for smoking, in other words, though aromas still need to develop.
Today, I divided rougly equal amounts of BH and Z over 4 food-grade mylar bags:
I added a humidipak 62 to 2 and closed them with the built-in zip lock. I added oxygen absorber packets to the other 2, zip locked and sealed them with an iron (note: these packets remove even more oxygen than a vacuum sealer). All 4 will be stored in a basement. I will open the non-sealed regularly, let's say once a month. The humidipaks should keep the contents at about the same moisture level. As mylar is gas tight, the moisture content of the sealed, oxygen-free stuff will not change.
I have a third batch of each strain, which will be kept in jars with humidipaks while I consume them. So these will be exposed to oxygen and light when I grab some, and the storage temperature will be higher.
The point of all this is obviously to determine if oxygen makes a difference during curing and if so, whether it's for the better or the worse. Not sure yet when I will do the comparison, but I am thinking to do the first strain (whatever I am in the mood for at the time) after 6 months and keep the other one for even longer if there's any difference at all.
Anyone care to make a prediction on the outcome?