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Preparing Burley for cigarette blend

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The battery went dead on our forklift at work. We knew it was hidden under the seat (hood) but couldn't find the release lever to flip it up for access. :confused: Searching the internet revealed nothing, even Utube disappointed. We knew that ultimately there would be an obvious answer. Didn't make it any less frustrating OR amusing for that matter.
 

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Thanks FmGrowit. In fact, researching the burley toasting process is like pullin' teeth. At least for me it is.

The only other tidbit I ran across was this:

"Burley tobacco drying after casing is typically performed over 5–6 min, and the tobacco reaches a temperature of about 75°C (167 F) at the end of the drying process (Abdallah, 2004).
The largest effect of the thermal treatment, besides water evaporation, is the release of ammonia."

I believe Abdallah is a tobacco consultant, more random internet confusion on my part. It's the only mention that specifies duration and (leaf) temperature.

Commencing trials..... ;)
 

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Tried one sample of the 250 F for 1 hr toasted burley... the smoothest yet... waiting for the batch to completely rehydrate for more testing... progress I think.
 

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Tried one sample of the 250 F for 1 hr toasted burley... the smoothest yet... waiting for the batch to completely rehydrate for more testing... progress I think.
Smoked another, this is the best so far, almost no harshness, and very happy with the results. The higher temp toned down the flavor some, a good thing imo. Ecstatic that I now have something I can work with. Will test long term to make sure, but I think this will be my standard procedure. For the fun of it, I will now try some casing/toppings to add after the toast. :)
 

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Smoked another, this is the best so far, almost no harshness, and very happy with the results. The higher temp toned down the flavor some, a good thing imo. Ecstatic that I now have something I can work with. Will test long term to make sure, but I think this will be my standard procedure. For the fun of it, I will now try some casing/toppings to add after the toast. :)
After smoking a half dozen more, I would like to rephrase that to, much of the harshness reduced, kinda builds the more I smoke.
 

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Does any one smoke there burly un toasted? Besides me! I have never been wholeheartily tried the casings or most toasting methods due to lack of ingredients without special trip to market or ignorance. I found kilning to be really nice for fresh burly. My tops are some of the best addition to a homegrown cigar and out of 6 large BigB plants last year I have 2 hands left. So many of my cigarette varietys have not undergone the methods you guys use I am wondering what I'm missing.:cool:
 

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Your probably munchin on pigs feet and hog jowls right now, smothered in canned tomato sauce.[ or not]I CAN DEFINITELY DO WITHOUT THE LETTUCE.
 

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BigBonner's air-cured Burley Red Tips go well in a cigar, unkilned or kilned. My Harrow Velvet (burley) is smooth as a baby's bottom, flavorful, mild, and a deep golden brown out of the kiln.

Now, I'll have to admit that I don't subject my lungs to any of it.

About BLTs...

Bob
 

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The Bonner red tips are really good . I bought a few lbs. thinking cig. tobacco and he sent me the red tips cigar, Thinking I'm cigar smoker. I am sure glad now because mine are most gone [in cigars]and his are getting more well aged. They are bigger too. If you make a cigarette mix that is to mild just add a couple and bring it up a notch.
 
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