Test Blends

Here's where you can git yer learnin' on...maybe some rolling instruction from our resident torcedors, leafy lessons from Craig, or recommendations from the rest of us....
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Re: Test Blends

Post by Stewmuse » Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:11 pm

Zedman05 wrote:Well, I have been shamed into rolling a couple more cigars here again. I can't believe I haven't for a while now, but it just takes so much time that I don't have during the day to prep, clean, and plan. Michael would laugh at me if I ever told him how long it takes me to go from clean the area, to finished rolling.
Blended some new ones today.
Leaves used:
Wrapper- Ecuadorian Shade
Binder- Conneticut Broadleaf & Camaroon
Filler- Hond Seco + Dom Seco + Nic Ligero + Nic Seco
Keep up the good work, Zed! I am hardly a speedy roller, myself. It will take me 45-60 minutes to roll about 10 bodies and put them into the mold, and then a nearly similar amount of time to put the wrapper and cap on. Don't sweat the time! As for softness/firmness and humidity, err on the side of too dry, as you can roll a much tighter cigar that will still draw well. If they're wet, they'll just keep compressing as you roll and make the draw too stiff. And, lastly, YOU'RE RIGHT! These are for YOU, so enjoy the hell out of making and smoking them!
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Re: RE: Re: Test Blends

Post by Zedman05 » Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:19 pm

Stewmuse wrote:
Zedman05 wrote:Well, I have been shamed into rolling a couple more cigars here again. I can't believe I haven't for a while now, but it just takes so much time that I don't have during the day to prep, clean, and plan. Michael would laugh at me if I ever told him how long it takes me to go from clean the area, to finished rolling.
Blended some new ones today.
Leaves used:
Wrapper- Ecuadorian Shade
Binder- Conneticut Broadleaf & Camaroon
Filler- Hond Seco + Dom Seco + Nic Ligero + Nic Seco
Keep up the good work, Zed! I am hardly a speedy roller, myself. It will take me 45-60 minutes to roll about 10 bodies and put them into the mold, and then a nearly similar amount of time to put the wrapper and cap on. Don't sweat the time! As for softness/firmness and humidity, err on the side of too dry, as you can roll a much tighter cigar that will still draw well. If they're wet, they'll just keep compressing as you roll and make the draw too stiff. And, lastly, YOU'RE RIGHT! These are for YOU, so enjoy the hell out of making and smoking them!
I just don't understand how you can roll with a dry'ish binder and it not break on you. Wrapper I know could be a bit damp as it will dry out first, but I am still figuring out the humidity.
To be honest, the price increases lately, and the horribly long/pricy shipping is going to make this last bit of tobacco probably the last to be purchased. I just looked today, and can't believe the prices.

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Re: Test Blends

Post by Stewmuse » Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:11 pm

You are right, Zed. Sorry. The BINDER does need to be on the moist side, and the wrapper very much so. Dry out the filler, tho, just not so much that it's crunchy and brittle. You'll get it...
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