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Curing before drying?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by thejagger123, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. I am currently on my second grow, and for it I purchased the book Marijuana Grower's Handbook by Ed Rosenthal. I have been told by a lot of people that this an extremely trustworthy book from a master grower, so I've been reading through it a ton, as I am about to harvest. However, in the section about drying/curing, it says that you should cure before you dry, and I am very confused because I have always thought it was the other way round.
    If anyone can give some advice about this it would be a huge help!
  2. You can put your nugs in the jar strait from the plant just exercise extreme caution and look for mold every day pour your jars out for a half hour two or three times a day to let them breath. Takes longer to dry but it can be done if done correctly like a fine wine my friend it needs to be pampered
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  3. @thejagger123
    It's all one word run it all together
    Cut down paper bags let me more it quickly from can to washer-dryer and back under cover at night.
    Fast drying can ruin your harvest in just a few hours if hung to long in dry conditions.
    Once down to the mid 60% humidity I jar it with a 62% Boveda pack
    Cut and pasted from another thread. I get tired of typing this all out time after time so excuse the C&P
    My grow is So Calif and between the temps and the very low humidity it's very easy to over dry.. Even a single day to long on the line can ruin it all..
    To keep the wife happy all my work is restricted to the garage so I get to be inventive at times.. If you search long enough you'll come across the 777 of curing .. This being the 7 days @ 70 degrees @ 70% humidity.. Works well if you have a temp and humidity controlled room.. We don't so we use jars to achieve the same ends..

    While I started in jars this soon proved impractical trying to unscrew all the jars over and over.. Some trial and error later I worked out a method to limit exposure to our stone dry air and still get things done in a timely way..

    I take the plant a branch at a time and trim close while seconds off the living plant.. All the leafs are standing tall and you don't get a better shot at trimming.. Hang..
    Depending on temp and humidity this stage can take from 24 hours to a week.. just hung bud is dead limp to the touch after 12 hours or so.... When the buds start to stiffen when slightly compressed I remove from the branches..
    And the buds get placed in cut down paper shopping bags about 3 inches tall..
    Next I place the bags in a air snug-tight container.. Mostly I use either an Ice Chest or a New unused Trash Can.. I try and size the container to the load.. You don't want 1 bag of buds in a trash can..
    While I did use several hygrometers early on for this stage I've since found I can do it all just by feel now.. Leave bags in can till limp to the touch again.. This first day that won't take very long. a couple of hours... Once limp remove from container and set bags out till stiff when compressed slightly.. I'll flip the contents of the bags to a third bag to get the lowest buds up on top.. I'll continue this rotation of the bags into and out of the container gradually spending less and less time exposed.. the last few days the bags will only be out an hour or so.. This takes me about 7 days..
    This is where I do use the Hygrometers.. The can is now acting like a large jar.. Your best readings come in the morning after the can has had 12 hours or more to stabilize and will tell you how much exposure your product will need that day.. Combined with a hygrometer telling me what is outside helps..
    A full can requiring a single meter as well as being able to get the product in and out rapidly made this a much more practical way at least in the extremely dry SW USA..

    Once the can has reached 65% and 7 to 10 days have elapsed It gets jarred in Half Gallon mason jars with a 62% Boveda 60 gram and I'm done.. 60 days minimum cure time for me.. Longer is better but you'll have a very respectable smoke in 2 months..

    Caution this may get you a large container of mold in a less dry area.. Just what I've worked out in my smoking hot and extremely dry garage..


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