The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ MenThe flake looks like it'll hold together. One more processing method in the repertoire.
I was talking informally with a chemical engineer yesterday. He seemed to agree that there might be something to the idea that plug sticks together because the starches are altered and either become partially gelatinous or colloidal.The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
Just the act of evaporation was sufficient to cause virtually all of the flake to delaminate. So, if you want to end up with flake when it's done in the press, the process will require some adhering agent, such as a sugar syrup.
A good flake burns well. Flake (as well as the coin of sliced roll-cake) is typically packed into a pipe by simply breaking it in half, and crunching it down into the bowl. If it is rubbed out, it burns hotter, and alters the intended flavor and aroma.I'm not sure why they are so popular with 'experienced' pipe smokers.