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Why toast tobacco?

gregb

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I have read several threads where folks toast their tobacco. What is the purpose and does it alter the tobacco flavor ?

I apply some lemon juice tased casing to reduce harshness to bright and red Va, coffee to Maryland for my cig blend, would you do this prior to or after spraying with casing?
 

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The only toasted variety I have tried is Burley. I think some commercial cigarette manufacturers toasted their Burley. I don’t know if WLT still offers toasted burley but it was nice when I tried it. Here are a couple of discussions. If you don’t find the answers you were looking for, enter toasted burley in the search box. Several threads and posts pulled up. There are recipes here using Hershey’s chocolate syrup and then toasting the burley. Positive reviews although I haven’t personally tried them. If I remember correctly it didn’t taste like a candy bar, it just eliminated some harshness and added a nice flavor that may or may not have actually tasted like chocolate.



edit: I found the syrup recipe:

 

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I have read several threads where folks toast their tobacco. What is the purpose and does it alter the tobacco flavor ?

I apply some lemon juice tased casing to reduce harshness to bright and red Va, coffee to Maryland for my cig blend, would you do this prior to or after spraying with casing?
I believe, based on certain research, that since ammonia is produced at two different temperatures in heated tobacco, that the reason for toasting is to reach the first/lower point of ammonia production in order to remove it and ultimately produce a more pleasant and less alkaline smoke.

You would case after. You probably want to know what you're dealing with or if casing is even desired before doing it. Also, toasting would affect the casing, no doubt.
 

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Establishment of Proper Toasting Condition on Burley Leaf Tobacco
Chung, H.J.;Kim, Y.O.(KTnG Central Research Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea);
The quality of burley leaf tobacco was affected by various toasting conditions. In this study, we determined main factor to influence the quality of burley tobacco on toasting and established proper toasting condition to improve the quality of toasted tobacco. Our results indicated that the main factor to influence the quality of burley tobacco was the amount of treatment and 3rd drying zone temperature. We also found that the proper toasting conditions to improve the quality of toasted tobacco and reduce the smoking irritation were moisture content (34 %), amount of treatment (1,520kg/hr), 1st drying zone temperature (135℃), 2nd zone drying temperature(145℃) and 3rd zone drying temperature (147℃).

I am unable to find the full article.

Bob
 
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