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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:33 pm 
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I know it might be a silly question, but since I'm new I think I could get away with it!

In the process of working out ways to store my tobacco I managed to dry out a small amount of tobacco by accident. I tried to smoke it this evening and the taste is definitely not pleasant!
So if this were to happen again in the future with a more substantial amount of tobacco, would it be possible to save it?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:07 am 
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Sometimes. Best thing to do is to ask one of the pipe smoking forums about rehydrating that specific tobacco. Some can take and some cannot.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:01 am 
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Interesting. Thanks, I'll have to go sign up to one of those and find out.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Put your dry tobacco in a plastic food container that you would store leftovers in.
(Just don't tell your wife.)

Get a paper towel wet and wring out the excess moisture.

Place the wet paper towel over the plastic food container and replace the lid so that it holds the paper towel in place.

Repeat daily until you reach the hydration level that you are looking for.

I have sucessfully done this with old tins of tobacco that I found at an antique shop.

The tobacco inside was dry as a bone. It worked like a charm.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:27 pm 
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taharris wrote:
Put your dry tobacco in a plastic food container that you would store leftovers in.
(Just don't tell your wife.)

Get a paper towel wet and wring out the excess moisture.

Place the wet paper towel over the plastic food container and replace the lid so that it holds the paper towel in place.

Repeat daily until you reach the hydration level that you are looking for.

I have sucessfully done this with old tins of tobacco that I found at an antique shop.

The tobacco inside was dry as a bone. It worked like a charm.

Todd


Excellent! Thanks Todd! I think I'll test it out with the small amount of dry stuff I have left and see if I can revive it!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:24 pm 
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I just came across this while looking for something else and it just so happens Todd's tip is in here too. I'm interested in the apple/orange idea although not entirely convinced by it.

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1) Place dried tobacco in a bowl or glass jar and cover the top with a damp cloth. Make sure that the cloth is not so wet that water drops into the tobacco. Set the tobacco in a warm, dark location and check every few hours. It should only take a few hours to moisturize your tobacco to your desired level.
2) Purchase a hydration disk at your local pipe and tobacco store. These small clay disks can be soaked in water and then kept with your tobacco to both moisturize dried tobacco and retain the moisture of fresh tobacco. Check your disc every few days, soaking again when dry.
3) Cut a slice of apple and place it into your tobacco package. Place the dried tobacco and apple in the refrigerator for about 24 hours to moisturize the leaves. Remove the apple from the pouch and enjoy a fresh smoke.
4) Keep a slice of orange peel in your package of tobacco at all times to help retain the natural moisture. Not only does orange peel help to keep the tobacco fresh, it also adds a nice flavor. Make sure that you change the peel every other day or so to prevent mold growth."

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Apple slices and orange peel work fine, but you have to be really careful about mold.

If you happen to forget and leave it in there too long you can end up with harry tobacco.

And no one (except maybe Sasquatch) likes that.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:54 pm 
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I know this is a very old thread, but I just "revived" a tin of dried out Dunhill Nightcap by puting into a small mason jar with a little bit of rum. I left it for a couple of weeks and it's not too bad. It certainly isn't the same as before, but it's not bad.

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