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    Honey in casings

    I have started using Honey in my casing recipe. I'm not using it to replace the invert sugar that I use but to replace a certian percentage or to add on top of my existing recipe. My basic recipe has been-

    For 1Kg of tobacco-
    35g invert sugar
    35g glycerine
    3g potassium sorbate
    1/2 teaspoon of sodium bi-carbonate

    Both invert sugar and glycerine are both sweetners and are hydroscopic. Honey might be able to replace both of those since it shares the same properties. Honey, however, is a lot sweeter then either of the afore mentioned so it maybe better to use less. I will be trying a few more small scale recipes to see how end products turn out.

    One thing I'd like to note is that there is a huge difference between store bought honey and honey from your local beekeeper (as long as he hasn't pasturized it either). I will be using my own unpasturized honey for these experiments. There are two properties of unpasturized honey that I think may have a benifit as a casing for tobacco-

    1) Natural unpasturized honey is loaded with enzymes. It's hard to say whether these enzymes will have the same effect on the sugars in tobacco as they did for the sugars in nectar but it will be intresting to see the results. Obviously the enzymes in tobacco that are responsible for the aging process are different then those in honey but if they have somewhat the same effect, that would be good to know to either speed up the aging or replace the enzymes after toasting.

    2) Unpasturized honey has natural yeasts in it. This may actually be more of a deterant then anything since they consume sugars. A high moisture cased tobacco could ferment making the product smelling quite yeasty or wine like with alcohol over tones, which may not be to bad depending on the effect on the flavour. for some reason, the little I've tried like this has tasted great but more experemints are needed.

    So I will post my experiments and results as I try them on here. feel free to try honey case recipes and post here if you like, I'd be intrested in for findings as well.

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    Re: Honey in casings

    I've used it to good effect in pipe tobaccos. I think it may also inhibit mold. Tastes good, too.

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Honey can vary drastically from floral source to floral source. Honey is basically a mix of fructose and glucose. The ratio is different for each floral source so your honey, added to tobacco might have a different affect than mine... Sounds like another experiment brewing.

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Quote Originally Posted by DonH View Post
    I've used it to good effect in pipe tobaccos. ... Tastes good, too.
    I agree it's really good in pipe blends but my favorite is carob molasses. I think both honey and carob molasses (or extracts) can be used in cigarette blends too, some casing recipes have both others have one of them (generally carob).

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Curious..seems like a high percentage of glycerine...do you notice a bit of a glycerine bite.....?

    i find glycerine tends to offer a bit of a bite to casing and greatly reduced the percentage in casings

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeotatv View Post
    Curious..seems like a high percentage of glycerine...do you notice a bit of a glycerine bite.....?

    i find glycerine tends to offer a bit of a bite to casing and greatly reduced the percentage in casings
    The percentage by weight is 3.5% but 1Kg of dry tobacco is a lot of volume. Since using it, I've noticed an improvement in both taste and texture.
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    Re: Honey in casings

    Ahhhh that mix is for 2.2lbs....makes sense...

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeotatv View Post
    Curious..seems like a high percentage of glycerine...do you notice a bit of a glycerine bite.....?

    i find glycerine tends to offer a bit of a bite to casing and greatly reduced the percentage in casings
    Interesting you should say that. I've given up on glycerin. Used as a topping on the leaves I've come to the conclusion that most all sugar and glycerin and my most recent experiment using honey only brings a sweetness before burning. It brings out a delicious smell prior to lighting but when it's burned it turns acrid and doesn't taste good. The sweetness doesn't convey in the smoke. However, I did find that licorice root is the sweet treat. 50 times sweeter than sugar. Due to it's carcinogenic nature I didn't continue using it but it did give a delightful sweetness in the smoke.

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    Re: Honey in casings

    My experience with honey on tobacco indicated to me that honey alone is sufficient as a humectant. One time while experimenting I applied a bit too much honey. The tobacco never really dried always maintaining a damp to wet feeling. After a month or more of sitting right out in the open it finally dried but remained pliable. It also burnt a bit strange with too much honey and caused a bit of lung irritation. Generally I don't use casings or toppings for cigarette tobacco but it is fun to play around with once in awhile.

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    Re: Honey in casings

    Quote Originally Posted by Matty View Post
    My experience with honey on tobacco indicated to me that honey alone is sufficient as a humectant. One time while experimenting I applied a bit too much honey. The tobacco never really dried always maintaining a damp to wet feeling. After a month or more of sitting right out in the open it finally dried but remained pliable. It also burnt a bit strange with too much honey and caused a bit of lung irritation. Generally I don't use casings or toppings for cigarette tobacco but it is fun to play around with once in awhile.
    That's true. Honey will soak up moisture from the air. It does it in baked goods, too.

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