I often only press for an hour, then immediately vacuum seal them. Although there's no difference in the ingredients between vacuum sealed and not vacuum sealed, the former will stay solid, compared to the latter. I think it's two things. The vacuum sealed ones are under compression (14psi) for the entire time they are sealed, and that they do dry out a bit while under compression.I got a few thin slices but it didn't really bind together that well. I read that flake was originally made for sailors and they would use rum or sugar water to help bind it. Can anyone attest for sugar water? I just smoked some and it's like FINALLY! It is very reminiscent of the flake from the store. I didn't get too much of an apple flavour even though I used like 20 drops of oil but I'm thinking that's because 1) it was only on in the press for a day 2) I dissolved it in alcohol first. It tastes very nice though and is more like a crumble cake. I will be turning it into Ready Rubbed. It's a sunny day today so I'll be letting some dry in the sun. Feeling accomplished! I still have a lot of stuff to learn but my tobacco is finally palatable for pipe smoking! Thanks for everyone who helped me with advice!
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I use a 4 ton jack. I press for an hour because it mostly stays together if I cut it by hand.You really only press for a single day