You're supposed to turn the heat way down when it starts rattling. As long as it rattles a few times every minute, you know the pressure/temp are still at their maximum. More rattling serves no purpose other that wasting water. Its trying to get hotter, but the escaping steam cold it off.jars are cooling off. got the little dutch in the pressure cooker still. I refilled it up to touch the jar bottom and put the weight on the 10 lb setting. Its rattling like crazy now for almost another half hour. Might let that go another hour and a half . I don't want to leave the house but I have things I need to get for dinner.
Hard to tell, the tobacco in the jars that were in the pot of boiling water is darker but taking in the fact the tobacco is wet ... I don't see a whole lot of difference.
The smell of each is definitely different , more so in the Criollo98 ,sweeter and mellower. The Va Gold is still grassy but its not as sour as when it started. Madole didn't change much at all.
I dont know , maybe I need to do it some more, or just toast it . A lot of variables as to what it needs and what I need to do.
Interesting idea , please try it and come up with results , and Deluxestogie what´s your opinion about this..........
It makes a bit more sense of the Pilon aging process. Moisture,pressure,time. When I kilned my cigar leaf last year I hung it up ...I'm now thinking of just packing a big wooden box of lightly misted leaf as tightly as possible and kiln it. I think plastic should not be used because of the moisture retention and temperature barrier...condensation and cold spots .
Still in the theory process of this.
How wet did you get them exactly? When I think of "soggy" I imagine you dunking them in a bath of water...Also wondering if it is beter to do this with whole leaf or leaf that I've already shredded ( I got a little trigger happy with my new shredder )I have been busy since christmas with experimentation with my tobacco leafs , different methods have been used in different ways , this is some of what i have been doing ,i was thinking of an alternative method to make cavendish , a method who does not need for so much surveillance ,as in this thread by deluxestogie (http://fairtradetobacco.com/threads/637-Making-Black-Cavendish-Pipe-Tobacco?highlight=making+cavendish ) should it be called stoved or cavendish or stovendish
Any way i just soaked the leafs (soggy) and put them in an ovenproof lunch box with an air thight lid ( moist must stay inside the box), and let them stay in for 24 hours in 90°C (194 F)
The first picture , lemon virginia (from Don) soaked with water, right after i take it out of the oven after 24 hours (what aroma , i wish it was possible to transfer the scent with the post)
Before and after , middle picture
Bottom picture , burley to the left, (lemon virginia to the right) needed 48 hours in 90°C to get them brown as showed in the picture , if 10% sugar added in 100gr of water they became more black , but it will be a sweeter taste and i like the burley taste as it will be by this process