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Hello.

I am searching a way to achieve the best drying and curing. I start from this points :

* "dry finished" weed is 62% humidity (because Boveda 62 look like to be the best according to various testimonies around Internet)

* weed must dry as slowly as possible

* there must not be a too brutal air flow circulating around the weed

 

Do I forget some points ?

 

I like to trim and to cut the buds to a maximum size of 5 cm this lets me see if there is any mold inside and to prevent any mold to appear during drying.

 

Would it be a good idea to build a box that maintains a lite air circulation inside and recycle air until it reaches 62%, stop and recycle again when humidity is 67%, stop again at 62%, and do this until humidity stays at 62% ?

 

Thank you.

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16 hours ago, YourName said:

Hello.

I am searching a way to achieve the best drying and curing. I start from this points :

* "dry finished" weed is 62% humidity (because Boveda 62 look like to be the best according to various testimonies around Internet)

* weed must dry as slowly as possible

* there must not be a too brutal air flow circulating around the weed

 

Do I forget some points ?



I try to keep temperatures 8-12ºC for a slow & low dry & cure (much easier to achieve in winter). Higher temperatures will cause the flowers to 'smell', ie, give off terpenes and I want to keep as many flavours in the flowers as possible, which a low & slow dry/cure does ime.

I dry in cardboard boxes, as the cardboard helps leach out some of the moisture from the drying flowers). Once humidity is hovering ~65%, I trim & place the flowers in kilnar jars with a 62% Boveda pack for curing, again 8-12ºC.

I only burp the jars in an environment that is similar to where they are kept, ie, I don't take the cool jars into a warmer environment to burp them, else I'll adding warmer & relatively more humid air (once that air cools down in the jars)  into the jars if I did.

I also monitor the environment inside my jars with a Sensor Push from Sensor Push Tech - I move one device from jar to jar when I burp them (or once a day, whichever is the longest in time).

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This time I actually went too slowly and had white mold on my buds, they also seem to have lost most of there flavor. The previous harvest I did dry the weed too fast or maybe too much ventilation on it and it also has lost all of its flavor. I have difficulties to find the right speed of drying...

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On 25/04/2020 at 10:25 AM, ShaggyGrower said:



I try to keep temperatures 8-12ºC for a slow & low dry & cure (much easier to achieve in winter). Higher temperatures will cause the flowers to 'smell', ie, give off terpenes and I want to keep as many flavours in the flowers as possible, which a low & slow dry/cure does ime.

I dry in cardboard boxes, as the cardboard helps leach out some of the moisture from the drying flowers). Once humidity is hovering ~65%, I trim & place the flowers in kilnar jars with a 62% Boveda pack for curing, again 8-12ºC.

I only burp the jars in an environment that is similar to where they are kept, ie, I don't take the cool jars into a warmer environment to burp them, else I'll adding warmer & relatively more humid air (once that air cools down in the jars)  into the jars if I did.

I also monitor the environment inside my jars with a Sensor Push from Sensor Push Tech - I move one device from jar to jar when I burp them (or once a day, whichever is the longest in time).

 

Do you put any air flow in your cardboard boxes ?

Do you hang stems with buds or do you lay down buds on the box's bottom ?

 

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Hi @YourName,

Sometimes I have airflow in the cardboard boxes, sometimes not.

If I'm drying an indoor grow, then often no airflow in the cardboard boxes as I feel there is less chance of bud rot spores being on the indoor-grown flowers, and I like to dry slow & low.

If I'm drying something grown outdoors which has more chance of bud rot spores on it, then I'll often put a small USB fan in the boxes or have holes in the boxes lined up and create some negative pressure air movement through the boxes. This will speed up drying and help against bud rot spores imv.

Below is a pic on my "First know-what-I'm-growing-grow" grow thread:

 

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I find hanging the buds is best, although quite a bit more time consuming initially. Lying them flat results in flat-sided buds, as well as there not being as much air around all the buds for them to dry on all sides equally.

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On ‎25‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 5:13 PM, YourName said:

This time I actually went too slowly and had white mold on my buds, they also seem to have lost most of there flavor. The previous harvest I did dry the weed too fast or maybe too much ventilation on it and it also has lost all of its flavor. I have difficulties to find the right speed of drying...


You may want to look a bud washing, ie, rinsing the buds in hydrogen peroxide when one harvests and then drying the buds afterwards.  Jorge Cervantes explains it here:

"Powdery mildew is one of the biggest problems growers face each season. Prevention is the best course of action but many times it is simply unavoidable! Luckily there are a few tricks out there, one of them is giving your buds an H2O2 bath! "
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7jE7qzfgQs

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