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I can understand why the humidity is important for storage, but why is temperature important, outside of the extremes freezing and 451 degrees F (which would light them)? :ask:


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Cigar beetles and the changes in humidity, if your temp is too high cigar beetles can hatch. If your temps are too low its harder to maintain the high humidity.
 

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Thanks. That makes sense. What are the chances that a cigar has beetle eggs? Are the large enough to see or microscopic?

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From what I've read, most have beetle eggs. Comes with the territory of tobacco leaves. Many are dead at manufacture and some dormant. Get your sticks too hot & they can hatch. At 65 degrees the odds are minimal. At 70 degrees the chances are 50% higher. At 74 your going to have trouble sooner or later. *S* IMHO of course. I keep my cooler below 72 at all times and havent seen a beetle yet in 4+ years.
 

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You're not just dealing with carbon-based substances. I know where you're coming from ;), but you need to focus your attention on plant-based material. Look into fermentation and environmental equilibrium of flora. Look into the causes of fermentation, tannin exchange as they relate to time, temperature and humidity. Therein lies your answer.

It's not all about bugs and mold ;)
 
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