Not sure of the definition of what "crunkled up" means. We are talking about volado, seco and viso ?Stuff comes too crunkled up. Won't do it.
What happens when you roll a 'Large' size soda straw? If it cracks then it's too dry.I'll take a new seco leaf out of a sealed bag and take a pic. It is flexible. But not enough to roll a soda straw.
You could consider these Humidipaks with two way technology. Desiccant and Humidifiers only work one way, they either draw moisture out or put moisture in. Humidipaks work two ways, either putting moisture in or taking it away to keep the tobacco at 62% humidity. There is an article about it on www.ryomagazine.com here. Look for "Preserving Tobacco Perfection": http://www.ryomagazine.com/tobacco.htmEnjoyed the video, and here in the High Desert, I find that I am constantly having to rehydrate the whole leaf in order to work with it.
The moisture level of the tobacco from Don is usually perfect right out of the bag. Dry but with flexibility just above the point of cracking. What case is that considered?I disagree. The tube-rolling flexibility that you describe is not low case, but medium case.
The wrapper leaf gets placed on the cutting board with the tip pointing down or closest to you. The foot end of the bunch then gets placed on the tip end of the wrapper leaf and rolls foot up to the head then naturally twists into a finished pig tail.Do you roll from the head to the foot or from the foot to the head? By rolling from the foot to the head, the cigar will not unroll while the cigar is clenched in the mouth or held by the head if you use no glue. I don't always use glue.
Hey if it works then do it! Your cigars sound pretty darn good. I like the burley and fire cured idea.I actually found this video helpful. I hadn't thought about positioning the binder (and wrapper) so that the veins point a certain way. I have a lot of short filler, mostly CT broadleaf, so I can't do entubado. I sort of put the short fill in the middle and wrap some long fill and binder around it. Usually a double binder. Got some Cameroon filler that has some good binder leaves, some Dominican volando, and the 3 Conn USA types, plus I think adding some fire cured and ordinary burley helps the combustion--and tastes good too.
But I am a rank beginner. Like, my second day on a new job.