Help, Please: I Keep Ruining Cigars
Posted 22 May 2002 - 11:20 PM
I have a C.A.O. humidor that I have owned for about one year. I have a Credo hygrometer that is plenty big for my small humidor (maybe holds 50 cigars). I know better than to marry the tastes by putting a whole bunch of different cigars right next to each other so I use cedar to separate them. I have wiped the cedar in my humidor to start and I have a gauge to measure the humidity and temperature in my humidor. Right now the readings are about 62% humidity with a 76 degree temperature. My humidor has a glass top and I do my best to keep all the readings consistent. I attempt to fill my Credo hygrometer on a weekly basis. It never really gets that heavy though, since the technique I use is probably wrong. I basically fill a glass with distilled water and then gently pour it over the hygrometer and let the sponge soak it up. The thing is, the hygrometer never really gets that heavy so I don't think it's as full as it could be. I have tried deep-sixing the hygrometer in a container filled with distilled water, but it seems to just float. Even when I weigh it down it doesn't fill up to a reasonable level. I have attempted to contact Credo, but they have been no help.
All of my cigars are really bitter and harsh. I am a rookie, but I believe I know a bad cigar when I taste one. I am starting but not finishing these great cigars due to my spoiling them in my humidor. What am I doing wrong?
Posted 22 May 2002 - 11:26 PM
Posted 23 May 2002 - 07:04 AM
Next, put your dor in a nearly air tight igloo cooler. Put your gars in a big ziplock, and place them some where moist and safe. Put a fairly large dish of distilled in the humidor. Wipe down the inside cooler with water, then place a large dish of water in the cooler, close it up tightly(weight the lid if you have to) Come back 4 hours later. Check the humidity inside the humidor. I would aim for %80-90 RH. If you can't hit this mark, give it another 2-4 hours. By 8 hours, your dor should be able get to this point.
Fill it up with gars and the credo. You should be able to hit your mark of %65-70. If not, put the humi back into the cooler, this time with the gars. Take out the water from the cooler and seal it up. Will it hit the mark, if yes, then the humi need a better seal. If not, then borrow a friends hygrometer just to double check. Could be that the gars were pretty dry when you bought them, and they are trying to absorb the moisture. If this is the case, they might taste better after they hit the mark, but probably wont. I have had some cigars taste ok after being dried out, but most don't.
Hope that helps...And welcome to cigar pass.
Posted 23 May 2002 - 07:13 AM
*What is 50/50?
*What is oasis? And for that matter, what is wet oasis?
Posted 23 May 2002 - 07:49 AM
Check this site, very good info on calibration and other humidor issues.
You can get the wet oasis at your local floral shop. It's the green sponge material that is used in floral arrangements.
I would definately get a new credo, sounds like that is not working.
Hope this helps and welcome to CP!
Posted 23 May 2002 - 08:01 AM
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Posted 23 May 2002 - 08:56 AM
Welcome to Cigar Pass McPatrick!!!!!!!!!!
Somebody tell me, isn't MOOCHING off a wet newbie kindof like child molestation? LeeBo = Chester
Posted 23 May 2002 - 09:02 AM
Posted 23 May 2002 - 09:32 AM
Posted 23 May 2002 - 11:04 AM
Once you get the box to %70 or so, let it stay there for a couple weeks before smoking one of the cigars...I tend to like my cigars on the drier side, so I rarely let my box get over %66-%67. But you may like them wetter.
Posted 23 May 2002 - 11:47 AM
Havanas age best at 65% or lower with temps near 65.
For smoking Havanas, temps closer to 68 and humidity 68%
Non-Havanas don't age well, prefer them young if I am smoking them and use the 70/70 rule for those particular smokes.
As far as beetles, freeze the smokes and you don't have to worry about that, for the most part. The eggs can hatch anywhere over 65 degrees and the humidity doesn't really come into play, though higher temps combined with higher humidity will speed the larval process. At least this is what a pest control person who researched this told me.
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