Curing questions

Discussion in 'Harvesting and Processing Marijuana' started by sosogrow, Jan 16, 2023.

  1. I have my buds in jars I put them in still not 100% dry like I always do and so far the smell is amazing I just received these humidity meters today and the jars are at 72
    % I am shooting for 62 should I just keep burping them gradually once a day or step it up or should I pour them out and let them dry a bit more I have bovwda packs for when I get to 62% for long term storage this is only part of my stash I have 15 more jars
     
  2. weed will mold at 72%
     
  3. if i keep it sealed at 72% sure it will my question is should i dump them out and air dry them to around 65% or just keep burping them until they lower they cant mold if i exchange the air and shake them daily at least i never had mine mold i am just trying a slower cure this time
     
  4. Burping isn't enough, you need to take em out over night and jar up in the morning and check progress
     
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  5. You could probably get away with leaving the lids off for 30 minutes a couple times a day. I know if i left a pile of weed on the table overnight it would be crispy dry by morning but thats because its winter and the house is dry.
     
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  6. What is curing?
    wet trimming or dry trimming and then go through the process of air drying, which removes moisture from the outermost layers of the plant. The manicured flower can then be carefully aged and dried further through curing, all to produce the best quality flower possible.

    Why is curing weed important?
    bouquet of terpenes it contains. Terpenes provide cannabis its delicious smell and taste, but these molecules are fragile since they can degrade and evaporate quickly. Careful preservation of terpenes through curing allows the unique aromas and flavors of your cultivar to shine through.
    • Curing helps to preserve the potency of your plant, which is a major benefit if you've invested time and money in cultivating a great set of genetics. Through exposure to light, heat, and oxygen, cannabinoids like THC and CBD slowly degrade.
    • Curing preserves important active compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes much more successfully than faster drying techniques.
    • Curing dramatically enhances the shelf life of your harvest. When correctly cured and stored, your buds are protected from mold and can last for nearly two years with imperceptible changes in flavor and potency.
    How long does it take to cure weed?
    like this one from Boveda, to bring them up.

    Tools for curing weed
    Curing weed at home is a straightforward process that requires simple tools.

    • Glass jars that can be tightly sealed
    • A hygrometer for measuring humidity levels
    • Humidity packs if humidity levels need to be increased
    • Disposable gloves
    How to cure weed
    Time needed: 21 days.

    Curing weed takes some time and monitoring, but it's worth the effort.

    1. Find a cool, dark space to cure.
      Before you start, ensure you have an appropriate space to cure. Three environmental variables need special attention when curing and storing your bud.

      Light: Light is one of the top culprits of weed degradation, as light waves and UV rays degrade the integrity of both the THC and terpenes in your bud.
      Heat: Heat, like light, is responsible for the degradation of the desirable terpenes and THC potency of your weed, so lower temperatures will go a long way to maintaining bud quality. Room temperature — about 68 - 72°F — or lower is best.
      Humidity: Too low, and your buds will become brittle and crispy. Too high, and you encourage the development of mold. Keep your buds at a Goldilocks zone of 55 - 62% humidity during curing.

      A cupboard or other storage room will do nicely, so long as temperatures stay at 72°F or lower.

    2. Fill your curing jars 75% full.
      Wear sterile disposable gloves and fill each jar about ¾ of the way full with your dried and trimmed buds. You need to leave some free space for airflow, so err on the side of under versus over-filling the jars.

      This is an excellent time to test whether you have dried your nugs properly. Give your jars a gentle shake. If the buds are still too wet, they will clump together, and mold and bacteria are more likely to develop. If they shake around and don't stick to one another, you're ready to cure.

      Apply lids to the jars and place them in the cool, dark location you identified in the first step.

    3. Inspect and burp the containers twice daily for the first week.
      Over the first week, check your buds twice daily. Inspect them through the glass and keep an eye out for any mold.
      Open the lids for about five minutes each time to allow fresh air to flow into the jars — this process is called "burping" — while keeping an eye on the humidity levels using your hygrometer.

      If humidity levels are too high, leave the lids off for 2 - 4 hours to allow excess moisture to escape. If humidity levels are too low, add a humidity pack to boost them.

      If you notice the smell of ammonia when opening a jar, it means your buds are too wet and are at risk of rot and mold. If, after careful inspection, you don't see any mold or other signs of rotting, give them an extended burping period of 24 hours before resealing and rechecking.

    4. Inspect the containers daily and burp them regularly for the next two weeks.
      Inspect the jars once daily over the following two weeks for visible signs of decay or mold, and adjust humidity levels as needed. You can now burp containers once every few days.

    5. Try some of your weed at the three-week mark.
      This is where the curing process gets fun. After about three weeks, your buds should be well-cured and ready to smoke. That said, more extended curing periods — up to six months — will further improve flavor and potency with noticeable changes in quality. It's entirely up to you, but in the case of curing, patience is a virtue.

      So, go ahead and smoke the flower to see if it's smooth, flavorful, and enjoyable. If it's not, simply cure some more.

    6. Store your cured flower for long-term fun.
      Once your flower is cured, ideal storage conditions are about the same as ideal curing conditions: cool, dark, and with relatively stable humidity. Keeping the buds in an airtight container, like the jars you cured them in, is just fine.
     
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  7. My thoughts exactly once it is too dry it's done with lol I will just keep burping
     
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  8. Perfect I will do that thanks
     
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  9. Well said bud, I'll save this to my notes. :thumbsup:. I'm curing white widow,Durban poison and CBD diesel for over 2 months now.
    Imo, the long cure makes a better weed. What do you do for long storage? I've been vac sealing jars and putting either in freezer or not :thumbsdown:I think I've seen the forests you grow, what do the big growers do?
     
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  10. #11 Green Dragging, Jan 16, 2023
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    Well said bud, I'll save this to my notes. :thumbsup:. I'm curing white widow,Durban poison and CBD diesel for over 2 months now.
    Imo, the long cure makes a better weed. What do you do for long storage? I've been vac sealing jars and putting either in freezer or not :thumbsdown:? I think I've seen the forests you grow, what do the big growers do?
     
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  11. Outdoor or green house weed your harvesting in October.
    In northern Nevada its cold and freezing at night, I have no issues doing a longer cooler in the dark cure.
    Indoor middle of the summer I cure in my spare bedroom with the A/C on and some fans.
    Only time I freeze weed is before making a extract out of it.. freezing weed then smoking it is a bad idea IMO.

    I use the canning jars but prefer using the 3 and 5 gallon black buckets with the screw on Gamma lids.
    On the farm they use the 4ftx4ft square wire fork lift pallets with industrial clear bags. to store the hemp flower.

    Commercially I worked in the hoop house seedlings cloning section.
    Never in the fields or harvesting or within eyesight of where they cure and package the weed.
    As far as I know everything goes to Vegas.
     
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  12. I keep my jars in a cold dark room about 65 degrees usually I use it all within months and save the tops for last I put the boveda packs in after about a month 62%
     
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  13. I have like 20ounces this run
     
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  14. Harvest to early, dry to fast, dry to much, and get that shit on the shelf for sale as fast as possible.

    Couple main reasons for it:

    Need return on their investment asap; takes many months to see any return on your initial investment. Grow space, equipment, electricity, growers, trimmers, and packagers ALL gotta get paid before you see any money for your product.

    MOLD. Big fear in the industry. The longer the plants stay alive at end of flower, the higher the risk. The slower you dry, the higher the risk.

    But these are not excuses for the garbage they are selling these days. Just reasons.
     
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  15. exactly the case in point a person that buys dispo bud never gets cured bud not even the top shelf stuff but i imagine like the wine and whiskey people eventually there will be a niche for cured buds with a hefty price tag
     
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  16. Trust me, there’s a niche!;)
     
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  17. yeah theres already a niche. but for how easy it is to grow, why pay crazy money?
     
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  18. Easy for you.
     
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  19. it does seem that growing is easy for some and next to impossible for others for me it is not exactly easy just more painstaking
     
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