Just mailed everything to Rod and he will be posting the photos of the effected cigars and boxes.
I would like to answer to all towards the comments made.and be more clear.
I am not ignorant in cigar maintenance and smoking....I have been smoking cigars daily for seventeen years and I learn and will be for ever.
When I learned about beads from reading I felt they must be great in RH control and they are...hands down the best.
I ordered a lot more than needed, as advised and I charged them with distilled water only.
I used sprayer bottle which I cleaned , examined,and operated away from the beads to check for proper spray.
I followed the directions to the T.
I humidified the beads in the containers provided by the maker properly.
After charging them by spraying I wiped them dry ,let them sit out for half hour and then placed them in the humidors with out being in contact with any of the cigars.
When I touched them to see if they were dry enough on the outside to go in the boxes I got a slick feeling on my hands that went away fast when I rinsed with plain water.
I adjusted my dividers in such a way to placed them away from direct contact on the sticks.
On the photos the cigars have being rearranged in the way they were before using the beads with crystals in round containers and humidipacks right on top of the cigars as you might see them inside Fuente boxes.
The reason I changed a problem free prior set up on these boxes was because I open them very often and naturally the RH was taking hours to come back.
With the beads the RH was recovering way faster.
I can only theorize why the cigars went bad but not sure but I know the bad taste is from the beads.
These beads have salt in them to adjust the RH to whatever you are using.
I think is true salt molecules can attach to water molecules and exist in the humidity they create so they can attach inside the cigars also.
If that is not the case and it is fresh silica or defective beads with loose silica dust or what ever else possible I would like to hear from anyone that might know how can it get in the humidity and inside the cigars.
I do have other cigars in other boxes and they have no issues and that helped know it was not me.
I want to say to some of you that feel I am full of it ,you should try to imagine you are in my situation and get a grip of what that feels like.
I want to thank all that have expressed support including Rod,MX and others that understand and I would appreciate it if everyone else that things this is some sort of a joke you are mistaken.
Any one with a back ground and detail knowledge on the make up of these beads that reads this and understands what is going on I would appreciate any ideas on how to save these if possible.
It feels like a knife in the HEART and please again instead of wanting to blame me for anything think first and offer help if want second.
I am done with the novels trying to transfer detail info to make this efficient and productive and I will look forward to better things to come.
It takes me a lot of time to write all this for a reason so the least I can ask do not start throwing comments that are answered already
I hope I will have every ones support....after all it involves many of you as it does me.
Edited by Habanos addict, 27 March 2012 - 10:55 PM.