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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    Nice. I hadnt really thought about how air cured virginia would have the benefit of reducing FC tongue bite. Will need to play with that one.

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaVoodoo View Post
    I made a rope.
    3g Air cured Symbol 4,
    8g Air cured Helena from the tips-final pick
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    Very nice ! A full virginia rope

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    https://i.imgur.com/GBqDg5n.jpg

    Katsuri grown from seeds kindly provided by Tutu. The leaf is traditionally used in cigarettes and bites badly when smoked neat. However, a mix of 5 parts air-cured Katsuri and 1 part Perique makes a lovely spicey blend. It can be a little overpowering and would probably benefit from a third element to stop it becoming overpowering, it but it is nevertheless a delicious blend and I look forward to seeing how the leaf ages.

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    Quote Originally Posted by DistillingJim View Post
    https://i.imgur.com/GBqDg5n.jpg

    Katsuri grown from seeds kindly provided by Tutu. The leaf is traditionally used in cigarettes and bites badly when smoked neat. However, a mix of 5 parts air-cured Katsuri and 1 part Perique makes a lovely spicey blend. It can be a little overpowering and would probably benefit from a third element to stop it becoming overpowering, it but it is nevertheless a delicious blend and I look forward to seeing how the leaf ages.
    How would you classify the Kasturi if you had to fit it neatly into western tobacco classification?
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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    I would probably put it in the Bright Leaf/Virginia category. According to Tutu it is usually sun-cured (although my first attempt at flue-curing had a somewhat mixed result).

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    BTW - I've bagged and am collecting Katsuri seeds. Happy to share with any members who want to try it next year.

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    Quote Originally Posted by DistillingJim View Post
    I would probably put it in the Bright Leaf/Virginia category. According to Tutu it is usually sun-cured (although my first attempt at flue-curing had a somewhat mixed result).
    I don't know if you've read this thread, but maybe try this method I'm just figuring out. http://fairtradetobacco.com/threads/...light=Rajangan

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    bolivian-criollo-flake.jpg

    A flake cut from a plug of air-cured Bolivian Black Criollo (the leaf was wrapped in parchment paper and pressed by bar clamps between two small wooden boards). No additives other than time - once the Bolivian leaf is not sticky anymore the "chemical" smell many reported (somewhere between menthol and floor wax) will have vanished (this takes 3 - 12 months). My best leaves have a distinct red-brown color, resembling cocoa beans. Burn in the pipe is what I call ideal, slow and bite-free, the aroma is reminiscent of Caribbean cigars (minus the alkalinity - some of it can be still quite strong, though).

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    How long do you pressed it for? I made one virginia burley flake cased with honey water and wondering how long I need to press it

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    Re: Homegrown/WLT Pipe Tobacco You Smoked Today

    Personally, I'm usually too impatient to leave it for more than a week but I know others leave it longer

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