Whole Leaf Tobacco

It may not work, but I built a curing chamber for under $20

Alpine

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The more the tobacco ages, the better it gets. After 1 month in the kiln, let the leaves “breathe” for no less than 2 or 3 days, but some strains (burleys and dark air) can require two weeks. A burley I’ve grown required 6 weeks in the kiln and 1 month of airing before becoming smokable (but not good!). One year after, it’s so good I regret not having grown more.
Patience is the secret here.

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burge

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Age the leaf ? how so
Aging is a simple but complex. Age the leaf buy allowing to go through temperature changes pressure moistening and re drying. Take that shredded leaf and put it under pressure for a month then try it. I hand press mine sometimes in a plastic cigarette tub and it forms a cake. In the days in Canada when I was buying tobacco here I went from tubs to pouches because they tasted better as the leaf was compressed into a tobacco brick almost and you had to rip off a chunk to roll. Fermentation happens when the leaves are under pressure.
 
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