Harvesting And Curing
Drying vs Curing in the
The Grow Room forums; Originally Posted by smokinHerbOnDaCurb
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Originally Posted by smokinHerbOnDaCurb
Many people on here call that "water curing". Here's the run-down:
So basically, you should water cure if the only part you like about smoking weed is "getting high"...as for myself, I'm going to savor every bit of the experience, from the first skunky whiff I get when I open the bag to the flavor of the last drag I pull off my joint.
- Pro: You lose [non-THC] weight, resulting in more THC per gram.
- Pro: You get a generally smoother smoke.
- Con: You lose bag appeal in both weight and appearance.
- Con: You don't get the aroma and flavor you'd get from normal curing.
Originally Posted by TwistedSoul
Originally Posted by The sim's Bob Newbie
So now that I have read all the Bag it 5-7 weeks & grab some mason jars fill them full of jack while you prune the nugs ? Huh. Sounds simple enough. I am at that stage of cutting or I should say I tried the quick dry under lamp for approx 15 min. After a few I guess that nug was from one of my vg strains. I had them labeled but so much for being orginized. So after a few, I totally zoned and left the remaining under the light another few hours (not intentional) . My whole house smells like I had a scunk ran through. Nugs still better than I expected. Three other unidentifiable plants. One is WW other two, Not a clue. Great forum. Really thanks for the tips on drying and curing. Just what I needed. Thx .... I will get a pic of the WW. Maybe someone can tell me if this truelly is the WW. Seems to be sativa so I am assuming that this one is. I will post a pic and hopefully get some help on this.
Originally Posted by mrhaappy420
I agree with most of what mrhaappy420 had to say. However, I wouldn't go so far as to write off the jar-cure process altogether. Here's my two cents.
The line between drying and curing is a blurry one. A source of confusion, I think, is the fact that the drying action is common to both processes, though it's done at different rates and for different reasons.
During the initial drying process, the goal is to quickly remove moisture to prevent mold problems and get the product into a smokeable state. At this point, the bud is amenable to rapid drying because of how wet it is. Most guides advocate hanging buds up with ample air circulation to ensure that the process happens quickly. It still seems possible to dry too quickly at this point based on anectodal reports I've read, so I wouldn't advocate using a food dehydrator. Air drying seems best.
As the bud gets drier, the mold problem lessens, and the focus is more on drying the plant slowly so that beneficial chemical processes can run their course while enough moisture is present to allow them to occur. Slower is better here for two reasons. First is that it allows redistribution of the moisture deep in the buds, so that the drying process happens evenly (The worst case scenario would be where the outside of the bud is so dry and brittle as to be difficult to smoke, while the interior is so wet that mold can set in). The second and main reason for slow drying is to allow the aforementioned processes to complete as thoroughly as possible.
As you can see, the drying and curing processes really overlap, and the conclusion we reach from observing what needs to happen in the plant during these finishing stages is that we must gradually decrease the rate at which drying occurs as we move from drying to curing.
The different methods, be it hang-drying, brown-bagging, or jar-storage+daily airing, are different ways of adjusting the drying rate of your buds. None of them is correct or incorrect; each has its appropriate place in the finishing process.
If you use the jar method too early while the buds are relatively moist, you risk mold growth as the RH of your container increases to dangerous levels as the buds sweat the water out. Likewise, if you use the hang-dry method for your entire finishing stage, then you risk either uneven drying of the buds, or drying that is so rapid that you don't give the buds time to thoroughly cure.
If you had the resources, you'd ideally have a humidity controlled cooler that keeps the bud dark (preventing photosynthesis and other light-accelerated degredation), at wine-temperature (45-55F, cold enough to slow down degradative processes and discourage mold), and at a humidity that is appropriate for where the bud is in the drying/curing process (low RH initially, then higher as curing takes over).
For best results with any method, get some direct feedback on your drying/curing conditions by sticking a hygrometer and thermometer ($5-$20 each in most places) in your container so you know whether your method is providing the drying/curing conditions you desire. There's really no "correct" method, only something that works given your resources and how picky you are with your end product.
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send them pics,when u do,let me know,this definitely sounds like a subject to check into.Thanks
Originally Posted by smokinHerbOnDaCurb
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do any of you actually READ a thread before responding?.;.......and if you do, WHY would you respond by stating the same old thing thats ben already posted a dozen times in the same thread?.....sorry, nothing personal but to me, thats just STUPIDITY or trying to get your post count up.
how about taking a second, and going back and READING this thread
how many posts said to
hang your buds to dry for several days
finish trimming them and then put them in brown paper bags
finish curing them b putting them in an airtight container
seems to me, alot of pople could have saved themselves alot of typing time by readi ng the damn thread BEFORE posting
when you put them in the brown paper bags do i close the top? like fold it over or soemthing or just leave the top wide open?
drying your fresh cut buds..using ActiveMineral bags.
alright, I've got a question.
when drying fresh cut buds.. could someone use those little white sachets.. or little white bags that sometimes are used as packing material?? For example.. I have a couple of them.. and on them they say they following:
"ACTIVEMINERAL - ANTI-MOLDS - DO NOT EAT!!
I guess they mainly use these things.. just for that purpose. To soak up any moisture and keep molds at bay.. so could someone use these to help dry the buds?
Just curious.. and I think someone else has already asked this question somewhere on here but I don't remember where on here I seen it..
but again, would these even aid in the drying process or curing process?
also, if needed.. I guess I could take a picture of one of these little bags.. so that if anyone is confused as to what I'm talking about.. they'll be able to see what I'm talking about as well.
just an idea.. and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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