Drying and Curing - looking for advice

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  1. grainbrain

    grainbrain KITD-FOHS Supporter

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    When my first run wrapped up, I cut the branches off and laid them out on paper bags in open air (RH ~70%) for a few days until the outer portions felt a bit crunchy. The buds were then placed into quart jars, about 75% full. I burped the jars once or twice a day for about six weeks. I would sometimes leave the tops off for an hour or two before closing them up again.

    The smaller buds smoked well, but as I worked my way into the larger buds it got harsh enough that I could only tolerate smoking it in joints. It could have been insufficient flushing on my part, not really sure.

    I'm just about to the end of my second run & am looking for ways to achieve/preserve that sweet, tasty candy quality.

    How do you dry & cure?
     
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    Flush plants for sure. i would hang your plants for three or so weeks in the dark before bagging and/or fermenting. Run a fan until risk of rot has passed. Slower and longer the cure the better.
     
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    Flush is such an unclear term really. Too many arguments. Do it, don't do it. o_O

    IMO, if you are watering and feeding your plants correctly 'flushing' is more for toilets. :toiletclaw: Bear in mind, 'correctly' is more of an attitude than a rule book.

    Otherwise exactly what FTS said. I could expand on cut points a little. When RH is high you want more. When it's low you want less. It can take some practice and getting to know your environment. Non-stagnant air is key. Darkness is important, but not as much as a pain as controlling RH can be. 65% is optimal for me while drying. I can dry or wet trim at that figure also.

    That's why your flavor is off. The beneficial microbes were not allowed to do their job all the way before you put your product into Sweat. Sweating should only be done in the final days to even out the remaining moisture. You did it right, just too early. ;)

    There's also the topic of bud washing that comes into play here. Anything sprayed on plants can leave a residue. Some residues are pretty nasty lol. Don't believe anything that says "can use right up to harvest". It's only partially true.
     
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    Cool thread!
     
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    grainbrain KITD-FOHS Supporter

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    Thanks guys. Will be taking this advice very soon.

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    Slow and cool, reasonable RH,dark if possible
    Until the stem SNAP....no bend ,break like a twig
    Then jar it, burp it ,or just take lid off a couple hours a day
    Re check the stem SNAP test,if it bends take it out hang it back up,spread it in a flat on paper etc etc,then back to jar
    Never put a good bud in a bag if you don't have to
     
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    Yep. Glass jars only. Boveda B62's will help keep it from drying out too much during long term storage also. The small ones handle a quart jar easily.
     
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    The three plants are cut & hanging in my spare grow tent. With one door partially unzipped, the RH is right about 65-70%. There is a 6" clip fan blowing air around inside the tent & two of the three bottom vents are open.

    Is there anything you guys would change in this situation?
     
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    I'd try and get the humidity down to 55-60,% and make sure the plants aren't getting any direct air from the fan. What's your temperature like?
     
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    Thanks. I'll open the other door just a bit, RH in the room itself is pretty stable right around 62%. Temperature is 72-74.
     
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    We've had a cold snap and humidity has dropped to 35% in the drying area. Today is day 6 since cutting the plants. Thoughts?
     
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    How do they feel? If you think they´re drying too quick you can brown bag them and slow the process. The drop in temperature will help with the lower humidity too.
     
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    Thanks. I just tested one of the main branches and it bent without snapping. Just a bit paranoid & really hoping these come out well.
     
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    You sound good gb. Just keep checking on them and making fine adjustments as necessary. Once you get stems that crack when bent you can start removing buds from branches and putting them in glass jars. Have you got any of those little digital hygrometers? Not essential but it'll let you see if you still have excess moisture in the buds after sealing them up in the jars.
     
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    Thanks, Weller. I bought a digital humidity monitor, but got the one without a probe somehow. :bong3:

    RH is the outer room has climbed back up to 60%. The RH in the tent is about 51% and slowly coming back up. Looking good, as far as I can tell.
     
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    I put trimmed bud into brown paper bags and give them a little shake a couple times a day until the outside of the buds are dry, then they go into plastic ziplocs until the moisture level equalizes, then back into the grocery bags until dry on the outside, repeat until inner stem snaps. at that point, vacuum seal dry buds to preserve freshness.
     
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    Everybody has excellent advice so far. In the final stages of drying i like to use hygrometers to bring my buds to the optimal moisture content for curing.. These cheap ones work wellhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Durable-Ana...hash=item1a1e1468c7:m:mHvQY9tN5UGRHbVn8m-KC3g. You want the hygrometer to read 60-65 % with 62 % being the best for curing. As was mentioned that a Boveda62 pack will help hold the moisture content at 62%. If you put your buds in a jar/bag with a hygrometer and the hygrometer reads 72% lets say....then you know the buds are still too wet for curing or long term storage and you have to take the buds out to dry further. The hygrometers put an actual number on the dryness of your buds so there is no more guessing. I like to order 10 or so hygrometers at a time and when they come you can compare them all next to each other for accuracy. Occasionally there is a bad one that gets tossed.
     
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