best temp n humidity for drying / curing ???

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by Blunted247, May 21, 2010.

    Know One

    Know One Well-Known Member

    Yes, I am the source and I am speaking from experience. With all due respect, the discussion is about curing with Boveda packets, right?
    I was talking about just curing with Boveda, not using them to dry your buds.
    When I did my experiment with the Boveda packets, I put the bud in a container (after drying) at about 68%rh. I also gently moved container appropriately during process to insure buds had some movement in the container.
    As I mentioned, I still prefer the old school curing for smaller amounts just for peace of mind, but I did try the Boveda challenge and found it to work better than expected.
    I also tried a large packet (they come for small and larger containers) in a 5 gallon bucket with a twist down lid, left unopened a week. It worked very well for the amount if handling larger quantities.
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    a senile fungus

    a senile fungus Well-Known Member

    ah ok! i thought that you were recommending that people just place the wet buds into the jar with boveda pack. i was like noooooooooooo!

    and thanks for the info about the 5gal buckets. i just picked up ten of them, with the airtight lids, for ten bucks. i wanted to see how they did for curing and storing...

    thanks for remaining civil! lol, sometimes its rare round these parts!
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    Delta1+8 New Member

    Hello there good sir! I'm definitely not a newb and I'm not a botanist either but ... I always work in a space where it is completely climate controlled and I've learned over that years that whether veg'n, flowering, drying or curing... it's environment, environment, environment and complete or relative control of all the factors therein. Granted, I know that option may not be available to beginners or peeps just trying to grow some personal meds with not a lot of cash in hand or to spare... but rather than spinning the wheels so to speak... make sure that's your first and largest investment of time, money and the like. Here in the West Coast/So Cal and have done the same in the Bay Area... I have seen Grade A results with 72 degrees and 55% RH... if either fluctuate... make sure to have the other do so accordingly if at all possible (like what you already stated that humidity is relative etc...). Cheers! There's something to learn from everyone and would urge those of us who are more experienced in the arts to not be a d*ckhead to those interested in learning or experimenting. Just sayin'... we all been there. Peace ya'll.
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    Delta1+8 New Member

    Oh... and once again would like to stress that no matter where you are in altitude, climate etc... ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL MAKES IT NOT FACTOR INTO THE EQUATION. You may have to drop some dough on dehum, hum, x-ton AC, water chiller or heater etc, etc... but you get my point.
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    Dogenzengi Well-Known Member

    I agree trimming dry is not a big deal.

    I hang my plants whole, 78 degrees and 55% in a dark room with no air movement.
    Depending on the plant They come down in 2-4 days.
    I take the plants while the stems are still flexible.
    I seperate all the branches trim and stack them in a large brown paper bag.
    The bag gets folded closed tightly and clipped closed.
    The bag is semi permeable so you can smell the last chlorophyll coming thru the bag, 2 days in the bag and then into Mason jars.
    I Burp my jars for an hour a day for a week then Once a week for an hour.
    My buds are dry and firm and my smoke is smooth.

    Many roads lead to the same place.

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    Scottio Member

    If I live in a 85 degree temp area, with no ac in my house, and I'm about to harvest and start drying. What do I do? Do I need to buy an ac >:/
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    Lucky Luke

    Lucky Luke Well-Known Member

    Thats only 29.5 C. Thats not hot. Hell its not even swimming temps.
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    Qroniq Member

    Hey guys lots of great info here. Special thanks to Captain Greenbeard for pointing out the obvious, yet all too often overlooked fact that humidity is relative. Delta1+8 I completely agree with everything you stated, well said my friend. it is so easy to misinterpret someones intentions with a post when there is no body language associated with it to guide your reaction. For me that is the worst part of public forums such as these. Anyways I digress.

    I've read this entire thread because I need to improve my drying/curing method. I've learned several things here that I will employ next go round in hopes of better results. It did get me to wondering however if there is a way to maybe wick the jars somehow to let the moisture still escape without having to burp them daily for curing. Or possibly even a filter that only lets air pass one way? Just kind of wondering out loud.

    Thanks again everyone and hope you all have a great day!!
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    since1991 Well-Known Member

    Fuk some frikin Boveda packets unless your newish at this. I mean..they work and all but once ya get the hang of it..forget that shit. Lets just agree on the basics of drying first that is where curing begins. Ideal conditions for drying buds whether you dry trim or wet trim ( dry trim leaves a better product for cure but is slower) is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity at 45 to 60 %. You can gather from these numbers that 70 temp and 50 % RH is the sweet spot. For most growers a wet trim will take up to 5 to 10 days for stem snap dry or close and for the dry trim crowd 7 to 14 days at these temps and rh numbers. Like the plants while they are growing...buds like consistentcy while drying as well. An air conditoner and/or dehumidifier is your friend and I use both or just one depending on time of year/season. Point being..a dedicated drying area with these 2 appliances being ideal. Some growers in certain dry parts of the world actually need humidifiers to avoid too quick of a dry time. A gentle circulation fan blowing this good air around but not directly on the buds is standard as well. No direct light but it doesnt have to be pitch black like the dark period of a flower room either. Doesnt hurt if it is. But no direct bright light. Follow what I say and jar or bag them buds up once they are stem snap ready or close to it. Monitor the jars daily and use your better judgement from there for the prime product. You will have to "sweat" the jars daily for the first few days for the last moisture content removal. Use your intuition and common sense. You will get good cured buds if you grow and dry them correctly.
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    SPLFreak808 Well-Known Member

    Yup. I cannot stress the importance of correctly timing the dry period according to the environment.

    I agree, Bovedas = only really good for storage.

    Not sure why people try to force the jars at 62% during the first week of cure lol, its still gotta be burped to get the broken down matter out. Ime can even make some strains taste funny because its sucking up the moisture in the jar but leaving all the gas behind.

    Too much moisture can actually accumulate in the boveda pack raising its RH which is no good for a timely cure, you could even accidentally reverse it by leaving it outdoors or in a dry area. A big 62% pack weighs 67 grams when working properly.
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    Cody Binette

    Cody Binette New Member

    What if my temps are between 58°f and 65°f because I'm drying in my basement during the winter. Would that still be ok?

    puffer1958 Member

    65 is better. Usually I see 65-75. Humidity is key. Try for 45-55 humidity.
    Cody Binette

    Cody Binette New Member

    Thank you. My basement was a little to dry so I couldn't hang dry for as long as I would have liked to. Definitely going to get a small humidifier for my drying area next harvest. Dried fully in 6 days and have been in jars now for 2 weeks. Ended up turning out pretty damn good. Just waiting for the flavors to fully develop now.

    puffer1958 Member

    Watch your humidity. As far as your basement being dry, 6 days indicates that it's not too dry. If it were on the low humidity side it would have dried in 3 or less days. The slower the dry time the better without being so humid that it becomes susceptible to mold (60%+) Good luck

    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    After trying to deal with 14 - 16% humidity this winter (which filled up my hash bin quick with some overdried bud:wall:)

    Inkbird dual controller set for 62% controls humidifier (& dehumidifier if needed)

    Hang branches for 3 days, trim (smallest buds may be ready to jar?) big buds go into hanging basket up to three more days or till tested ready by putting in sealed jar with small humidity gauge

    Grouping same size buds together on drying rack make it easy to take small buds out first, and the big colas come out last

    Then into jars (no bodiva packs, I think they change or take flavor in some way) and then the burping begins
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    Vegasgrowing85 New Member

    Sorry if this has already been discussed, but question about light on the buds, maybe I’m being too intense about it, but when you’ve had them with no light while drying, I do a dry trim also, should I do this in a darker area, or does it not really matter, I also just got Boveda packs and a wine cooler for my cure. Reading now that it changes the flavor, so I’ll do a few with and few without. Thanks for the help

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