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marshall9779

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I take that back one lug leaf and one first priming that is about 20”. Furthers away from the base of the stem seems to cure well but the outside edge closest to the base dried green. Inner part of the leaf close to the stem hasn’t finished yet.
Here is the bud coming out.
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marshall9779

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Well, I’ve realized that temp and humidity are more important for color curing than I realized. I think I’m going to go with a box curing method but might use a big plastic tote depending on how a trial run using this smaller one goes. I can crack the lid as needed to keep humidity from getting too high on new leaf and can set the lid on without latching to keep humidity up. Once the leaf starts drying out I will add moisture with either Boveda packs or a small dish of distilled water. For reference the leaf was not quite half yellow when I pulled it a day and a half ago. I put a heating pad under it in the lowest setting. Going to try fermenting using the same method once i get all my leaf color cured and just put the heating pad on the highest setting which gets to about 125F.
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Well, I’ve realized that temp and humidity are more important for color curing than I realized. I think I’m going to go with a box curing method but might use a big plastic tote depending on how a trial run using this smaller one goes. I can crack the lid as needed to keep humidity from getting too high on new leaf and can set the lid on without latching to keep humidity up. Once the leaf starts drying out I will add moisture with either Boveda packs or a small dish of distilled water. For reference the leaf was not quite half yellow when I pulled it a day and a half ago. I put a heating pad under it in the lowest setting. Going to try fermenting using the same method once i get all my leaf color cured and just put the heating pad on the highest setting which gets to about 125F.
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Are you really going to cure 1 leaf at a time, or am I missing something?
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I maintained 75-80% humidity, 80F during the day using the heating pad underneath and 70F or so the rest of the time. After 6 days not much more change in the color other than the little bit that was still green toward the base of the stem. I guess it’s pretty much done other than the stem drying still or will in continue to get darker? I think my process is working but thought it would have cured darker. Probably shouldn’t expect much from a lug leaf anyway. If I maintain that range of humidity when I cure my ripe leaves should they cure darker?
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Lower leaves usually have a lighter color compared to higher ones. During kilning, all leaves tend to darken a bit (this is valid for air cured leaves, not flue cured ones) but the difference in color between mud lugs and corona leaves will always be there. Relative humidity during the cure have an influence on color (higher humidity = darker). Your leaf has a nice golden brown, good job!

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Did a ferment test using a heating pad. Just cased real heavy but not quite enough as a couple dry spots stuck to the bag. It has an auto shut off so had to keep turning it back on. Need to buy one without the auto shut off. Did about 12 hrs on this and made a huge difference in color just on this lug. Can wait to see how the other leaves do one I get a new heating pad.
Before and after.
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