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post #1 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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dry tobacco worth saving?

Going through more stuff tonight, I found another box full of pipe tobaccos. Only these are all dry. A buddy gave them to me with his old meerschaum pipe several years ago. I moved shortly afterwards & packed them up...problem is they are in plastic zip bag and they are all crispy.

They didn't cost anything...should I pitch 'em or try to salvage some and hope for the best? I've never had this situation since all of "MY" tobacco I kept correctly...I just blew it with these.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 03:30 AM
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

Well, if it were me I would smoke it see what its like dry. Then take a lil bit like a bowls worth, put in in a tea cup and drape a towel moistened with distilled water over it and let it rehydrate over night or mabey only a couple hours and then try it. All I know is that one of the tobaccos I was just given is dry and crispy and that's how its sold. If ya don't wanna mess with it, send it to me, ill mess with it... I would say its not a lost cause though.
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 05:25 AM
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

I'm with you, Scott.
Can't hurt to try it dry. If it's not great then a little rehydration and try again.

If it's no use then you've got something extra to put in the bin, no big deal, right?
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

From my experience, you can resurrect pipe tobacco pretty fully but re-hydrating it with the method mentioned above. Just put it in a bowl or any container and cover it with a moist cloth. Keep checking it every few hours until it's how you want it. Then smoke it!
More experienced BOTL may be able to correct me, but it seems like pipe tobacco isn't as reliant on maintaining its oils with humidity like cigars are.
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

If you can drop it in the bowl without it disentigrating you can probably smoke it. Just breathe into the bowl and out through the stem a few times. this will moisten it enough to pack without breaking. As you smoke it will make enoiugh moisture on its own.
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I'd follow Mike's advice to start; it may surprise you and be better than when it was wet!

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 08:35 AM
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

Old timer taught me a little while ago. Slice up an apple put it in the bag next to but not touching the tobacco.
It works and believe it or not transfers no flavor that i could detect. But then i am a noob at pipes!

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 01:26 PM
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

On two different occasions I had Royal Yacht loose its seal and go crispy. On both occasions I rehydrated the tobacco in a bowl with damp towels draped over it. Once it turned out very well and once it tasted terrible. In other words, you don't know until you try it.

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-09-2013, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

I thank you gents for the insight. MOST of the tobacco is in good shape and not dust being it has sat still for years unmoved.
I guess it is a good thing I asked, I had thought about spritzing the stuff with water.

I'm not familiar with these so I hope they are even worth saving. Not all bags are marked but here is a short list of some that are.
Hal O' the Wynd
Black Virginia
McClelland 2015
McClelland 5100
Dunhill 965
Brown Clunee
C&D Stanhope
C&D Mervin's Choice
Old Gowrie
Balkan Sasieni
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Re: dry tobacco worth saving?

But Wayne, now that you have gone and made this thread, I think its only right that you at least try it dry and tell us about it.
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