Pipe Tobacco Storage
General Storage Tips
-It is best to keep your tobacco sealed in a cool, dark and dry place. Heat and sunlight only dry out tobacco but also cause deterioration of the tobacco, changing the tobacco characteristics and thereby changing the taste. Conversely, too much moisture will cause mold, which causes the tobacco to be unsmokable.
-Do not put pipe tobacco in the refrigerator or a cigar humidor. In a refrigerator, the tobacco, no matter how well-sealed it is, will absorb the flavors of the food within, which will change the taste of the tobacco. In a cigar humidor, where there is too much moisture, the tobacco will absorb the flavor of the cigars, possibly develop mold, and also change the flavor of the humidified cigars.
-Tobacco that has dried out due to time and dry conditions can be rejuvenated or reconditioned. Lay the tobacco on paper and lightly spray water on it. Next mix it together and place it in a sealed container for 24 hours. Despite what you may have heard, never add a slice of apple, orange or any other fruit; this will change the tobacco flavor. And remember to use only water.
When choosing the perfect storage container, consider how long you want to store the tobacco
-For the short term, tobacco pouches come in many different sizes and materials. The most popular ones are pocket-size leather, cloth and plastic with rubber or plastic linings. Tobacco pouches are to be used for a day or so and then refilled. Tobacco stored in a pouch will get broken up throughout the course of the day, so adding more tobacco will let you smoke all the tobacco. Tobacco pouches are only to be used as temporary storage vessels.
-For a few months, use pipe tobacco humidors that include a humidifier to maintain moisture. They are normally 4, 8 or 16 ounces in size and can be made of wood, metal, glass or ceramic, with cork or non-absorbent material inside. Pipe tobacco humidors can store tobacco for months-but again, they must be kept out of the sun and heat.
-For the long term, unopened metal tins and sealed resealable plastic bags seem to last the longest. If you are using ziploc bags, squeeze all the air out before storing. The storage location is the most important element in long term storage; remember to keep the location cool, dark, dry and constant. English and natural-type tobaccos seem to change for the better over time, whereas aromatic tobacco don’t fare well to time as they change for the worse. But all tobacco, kept under the above conditions, can remain constant for at least a year.
We offer a variety of Pipe Tobaccos that come in bags, canisters and tins.
We also carry many types of Tobacco Pouches that can also be used to store pipes and accessories.
And we have Humistats, Humidity Buttons & Pipe Tobacco Canisters to keep your pipe tobacco fresher for longer.
Pipe Tobacco Storage General Storage Tips -It is best to keep your tobacco sealed in a cool, dark and dry place. Heat and sunlight only dry out tobacco but also cause deterioration of the
Aging Pipe Tobacco
Many devoted pipe smokers will tell you that allowing your pipe tobacco to age creates a more pleasurable smoke. Aging pipe tobacco isn’t as simple as just buying bags and / or tins and squirreling them away in a dark cabinet.
First of all, aging benefits certain types of tobacco more than others. Virginia and Virginia/Perique blends probably are the ones that change most noticeably and generally become sweeter and smoother. English and Balkan style blends will also be helped if you find the tobacco to be harsh or overpowering when first opened. Time mellows and takes the edge off the sometimes in-your-face power of Latakia. Burley blends and aromatics in general don’t seem to benefit much, if at all, from aging.
So, how do you actually cause pipe tobacco to age? There’s a misconception that tinned pipe tobacco is easy to age. While a sealed tin will allow the tobacco within to age, if it is vacuum sealed, the aging process will move a snails pace at best. Aging any pipe tobacco requires the presence of oxygen (aka, air.)
Some tinned tobaccos come sealed, but not vacuum packed. In the case of non vacuum sealed tins, simply hide them away and they will age without any further help. However, just because the tin is new doesn’t mean the seal is secure. It’s always safer to treat every tin you buy as if it has been unsealed, unless it has a peal-back top (like a can of nuts.) For vacuum sealed tins and bulk tobacco, you’ll need to take some specific steps to encourage proper aging.
No matter whether you’re aging your pipe tobacco or simply storing it for future use, keeping the humidity level at about 62% produces the best smoke. If thew tobacco you want to age is too wet, spread it out and let the humidity level drop a bit. If it’s too dry, spritz it with distilled water OR place it in a glass jar with a humidifying medium such as a Boveda pack or disk humidifier. If you don’t maintain the humidity, all the aging in the world won’t help.
The best vessel to use for aging pipe tobacco is the Mason Jar. Fill the jars about three quarters of the way, leaving the other quarter empty. This air space is crucial to the aging process.
If you were jarring jelly or tomatoes, you’d usually put these jars in a bath of boiling water, but that level of heat would change the tobacco. So, just use hot tap water (temperature below 140° F.) Place the jars in the sink so that the water is about as high as the level of tobacco in the jar. Let them sit in the water for about 15 minutes, and screw the lids in place. Remove them from the sink, and as they cool, a slight vacuum will pull the lids tightly into place, which is important as the tobacco’s humidity level should remain at about 62%.. Some folks like to use a vacuum sealer and bags to age tobacco, but this has the same problem as vacuum-sealed tins. Using ziplock bags or Tupperware type containers just won’t work as there will be too much air exchange, the plastic will transfer a chemical flavor to the tobacco and, since these type containers aren’t air tight, the tobacco will dry out.
When you’re ready to finally smoke the aged tobacco, open the container and allow the tin or jar to remain open for an hour or so before loading a bowl, to let the air bring out the flavor.
Aging Pipe Tobacco Many devoted pipe smokers will tell you that allowing your pipe tobacco to age creates a more pleasurable smoke. Aging pipe tobacco isn’t as simple as just buying bags and / or