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The poison in tobacco is the alkaloid called nicotine. Stems, when properly cured, burn well. Stems generally contain lower levels of nicotine than the leaf lamina. Stems, rather than lamina, are used in pesticide manufacture, because stems are otherwise often discarded as trash.

Stems are a nuisance for making cigars, because they poke holes, can be difficult to clip, and can poke your tongue. Stems are routinely ground as a component of snus. Stems in some form are included in some chew recipes. (The sample chew recipe from UKy had 5.8% stems by weight of finished blend, or roughly 10% of the dry tobacco weight.) Stems are "expanded" (vacuum puffed, like puffed wheat breakfast cereal) then rolled flat and shredded for blending into commercial cigarette filler.

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A few years back, I took all my dark air scraps (dried) and ground it into a powder, then used a metal strainer to remove stems. All that was left was powder. I have around 4 pounds of this stuff for an emergency, and for experiments. The best mix was a rum/vanilla re-dried, which can be used dried or re-moisturized. The dark air has a natural raisin flavor, so use your imagination. I have another idea I haven't tried yet is using a brazilian seed called Diamantia. It has the highest nicotine content. It could make for a better, inconspicuous carry type dip.

Another thing I did, which I like, is making your favorite sized cigar, and cutting them with cigar cutter into circles. You can put them in a 2'X 3" zip lock baggies, that don't wear out one's pockets into dip sized circle patterns.

I think it's great that you are on your way of making something that works best for you.
 

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A few years back, I took all my dark air scraps (dried) and ground it into a powder, then used a metal strainer to remove stems. All that was left was powder. I have around 4 pounds of this stuff for an emergency, and for experiments. The best mix was a rum/vanilla re-dried, which can be used dried or re-moisturized. The dark air has a natural raisin flavor, so use your imagination. I have another idea I haven't tried yet is using a brazilian seed called Diamantia. It has the highest nicotine content. It could make for a better, inconspicuous carry type dip.

Another thing I did, which I like, is making your favorite sized cigar, and cutting them with cigar cutter into circles. You can put them in a 2'X 3" zip lock baggies, that don't wear out one's pockets into dip sized circle patterns.

I think it's great that you are on your way of making something that works best for you.
I was considering getting a used oak rum/whiskey/wine barrel- maybe a 5-10 gal cask, to age and ferment dip in. I see them for about $200.
 
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