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Oldfella's 2021 grow & cure

Oldfella

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Yeah that's fine you can poke fun at me, I don't mind.I don't know why we have to have so many different named units for things. ft-mm. Psi- kpa, °c - °f, etc, etc. The most confusing one I came across years ago was kpi, (kilograms per square inch). It took me awhile to figure that out, finally found it in an American Pipeline Standard. No wonder I get confused o_O
Some pictures of my toasting games.
20210611_161436~2.jpg Still to high.
20210611_161429~2.jpg Better.
20210611_154212.jpg Burns well tastes, not bad.
20210611_154233.jpg Ash is grey and holds nicely.
I will play with casings and blends tomorrow. I'm hoping to get my kiln finished enough next week so I can harvest the rest of my crop before winter and wet weather sets in.
 

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Experimentation is always fun and enlightening to all of us. In going with higher temperatures, you might consider the time a simple electric toaster requires to go from soft white bread to toast, and on to burnt toast. I would be inclined to begin low and brief, then sneak it to higher temps and longer times if needed.

Bob
 

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Hi guys, well my 20-21 season has finally drawn to a close, the weather didn't play nicely so kiln didn't get finished.
Never mind I got my harvest done in time so that's good. Time to start thinking about what I'm going to plant for the 21-22 season, I'll have a scratch through my seed collection and see what I've got. I'll do another post soon and let you all know, I'll put some pictures in as well.
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A little trials and tribulation post.
Looks we have a technical hitch can't upload any pictures. Never mind I'm sure they'll sort it out.
In the meantime other than health problems it's been a good year for my grow. I've gotten everything harvested and stashed away for ageing. I'm now concentrating on finishing my kiln aka Tobacco Processing Chamber.
Out of last year's grows I think I like liked Yellow twist bud, Golden Harvest, for the Burley. Izmir Ozbas for Orientals and of course my favorite Virginia gold. This coming year I will stick with the V.G. and the Y.T.B. I'm undecided on the rest, have to think about it. I got the dressing removed from my burnt arm today and all has healed up great, so that's good news.
Oldfella
 

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I'll try again with the pics.
IMG_20210917_151458.jpg Just getting on with my knitting here. Looks like it's OK now.
A few pics of my cardboard box yellowing process.
IMG_20210817_144826.jpg green in day 1.

IMG_20210815_141638.jpg put newspaper on top.

IMG_20210815_141826_1.jpg put another leaf or two then more paper. Carry on until box is full or you run out of leaves.

IMG_20210815_141907.jpg I like to inspect the leaves for bugs,dirt ect. I just use a brush to gently remove impurities.

IMG_20210817_141930.jpg every day or two tip the box upside down and empty. Restack putting top to bottom, check for mold or rot. If found remove the offenders.

IMG_20210817_143107.jpg Ready to hang to complete the cure.
IMG_20210820_143942.jpg Nearly there, another day should do it.
IMG_20210818_160159.jpg Need hang this one, any longer and the dreaded rot may occur.
20210512_091131.jpg out of the box now and hanging around.
20210427_154119_1.jpg And finally a WORM.

Enjoy.
 

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