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deluxestogie

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Just look at the graph:
Yellowing usually requires about 2 days for lower-stalk leaf, but may require up to 5 days for upper-stalk leaf to yellow. After that, it's exactly 3 more days. That's all. It does benefit from airing, after it cools, and is returned to a moisture content that allows you to handle it.

All of this is discussed in great detail in the threads on flue-curing (see Key Forum Threads).

Bob
 

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Keep the tobacco at 100°F and high humidity until it is almost all yellow, then proceed with the next steps on the graph, whether, like the chart says, it has been 48 hours or not. It may take 36 or 72 hours. The color is more important than the clock.

This process is called curing, but it also dries the tobacco. After its all done, you will need to bring it down to room temperature and humidify it to around 65% for storage.
 

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until it is almost all yellow
I'll emphasize that. If you yellow the leaves entirely, they tend to come out brown at the conclusion. The lamina of the leaves should be mostly yellow, while the stem and veins may still be green. That's perfect for moving on to the remaining steps in the flue-cure.

Bob
 
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