Ok listen, I realize this thread is from last year, but I just came across it in a Google search and I'm terrified another desperate grower might find it one day also and end up ruining their crop too with all the air flying around in here!
First of all, besides the obvious Caterpillar damage, this mans bud all turned brown because he was drying too fast. When you have air blowing around trying to dry quicker to avoid mold what you end up doing is quickly crisping out the outer layer of the buds while the inner moisture remains and now you've got all kinds of micro little specs of plant matter (and probably spores) flying off everything and being blown around the room any time this crispy outer layer moves the slightest bit especially if touched!
Leaving the leaves on is going to do a lot to preserve all of the things that make this plant great by shielding/protecting from any spores landing on your buds and help prevent them from drying the outside too quickly.
If you wet trim you can basically guarantee to see this brown/red tinge develop on the outside of all your buds if you have any kind of constant airflow going on. Set a dehumidifier on 65 maybe 60%. I do 70%, and the COUPLE mold spots I might get (bastard catarpillars, could easily be prevented if I was more consistent with the BT spray) do not spread anywhere beyond where they are, because the only airflow I have is when the dehumidifier kicks on in low fan mode for a minute (I do spin my [like 1ft long] branches in a bucket with holes using a drill after bud washing, but you could just gently wide-swing the water off each one with your arms instead, just don't shake them violently you will lose/damage trichomes). You have to envision the pathway of any airflow a fan is going to make and direct it so it is taking the longest path possible before contacting any bud, this is crucial. If you want some extra protection from too much airflow and/or airborne spores grab a handful of yards of very thin very see-through fabric from a crafts store or department and lightly drape it over hanging branches or buds on a screen. My theory is this kind of makes the perfect little balanced atmosphere closely surrounding each branch or bud so that it can't dry out too quickly from air movement hitting it but also still allows air to flow through freely and also does good at stopping spores from landing on anything OR leaving anything.
Bleh I feel like I could go on for days about all kinds of little shit that happens and how to avoid it. One if those small little handheld pocket microscopes are the absolute best 20 bucks you can spend as far as being able to really watch and troubleshoot what is going on with your bud while it's going through stages drying. Get one if you dont believe me that the nasty brown look on your buds are from too much airflow hitting them. You'll see that all your trichomes and terpenes
have either fallen off or evaporated because that brown color is everything on the outer layer all dried and shriveled up and looks like a mangled and rusted out coat hanger under the microscope!
"The only source of knowledge is experience!" -- Albert Einstein