Eh, I should spend a few minutes and read some of this harvest talk as it will hopefully be me before too long
@Lilolme, I think you should write a new cannabis volume for the Foxfire book series. Or something equivalent. No joke.Kinda wish you were tryin a few mason jars for your curing, I like the control of a hands on, use your senses process. Kinda like usin the old style of checkin ph with the sample, solution drops and visual chart or feelin the heat of the lights with your hand. The daily checks and observation of the magical process that happens in the jars during the weeks after harvest are a pleasure, the noticeable changes, the SMELL, the potentcy, the magic
At this point I do away with the stems they just create bulk and make it hard to handle ALL THAT WEEDThe deed is done!
One last group photo of my ugly girls...
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.... and chop!
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I ended up trimming fewer leaves off of the two remaining Granddaddy Purples because they were all still covered in trichomes. The one of the left isn't quite as dense as it probably appears, but still way more dense than my Blackberry Kush phenos.
I'm going to leave those two fans there on the bottom of the tent oscillating on their lowest setting to keep air moving in the tent without blowing directly on the drying plants. I'll adjust the exhaust fan as needed to keep humidity where I want it.
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I'm still keeping the room nice at cool at around 62 degrees F day and night. I'm trying my best to keep humidity near 60% but it definitely requires daily adjustments thanks to the weather.
Here's a bit of flash photography of BBK2 and GDP2 in the dry-tent post shrinkage. I expect I'll be able to trim these up and cut branches to paper bag size for sweating within the next 3-4 days based on my vast years of experience...
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That only applies to the smaller stems, 1/8 inch or so the bigger ones will take way too long to snap, oh snap. The outer leaves on mine in the jars had softened up from their semi crunchy state and become very moist so I, before coffee I might add, opened and dumped all the jars into the bins for a little air time to lose that moisture and REALLY stink up the houseBut but, I was going to rely on the ole branch-snap test.
Take a small bud and cut through it so you get a cross section and you can see the difference between the center and outer partsFor sure man, I appreciate it too! That's why I've been such a temp and humidity nazi in the lung room for the past week. Trying to follow Ed's advice here to the best of my ability...
From Ed Rosenthal's drying and curing cannabis...
"In an ideal situation, most of the moisture should evaporate from the bud during the first three days, and then the drying process should be slowed.How to improve the flavor and the high of your cannabis buds by implementing a controlled drying and curing process. By Franco, the strain hunter.www.edrosenthal.com
To achieve this rate of evaporation in the first three days, a temperature of 68° F (20° C) and a relative humidity of 55% will ensure that the buds get to roughly 30-40% water content. From this moment on, the temperature should be dropped a few degrees down to 64° F (18° C) to slow the drying process. This allows the chlorophyll to decompose and the starches to be used up. If the buds dry too quickly, more of the chlorophyll will remain, and the smoke will be bitter and have a green aftertaste.
The humidity of the air is also critical: If it drops below 50%, the buds will dry too fast. A timer and heater/air conditioner system with humidity control will regulate air. In total, the drying process takes around 10 to 14 days for a perfect taste."
I Just checked in on the Dry-Tent Kids - coincidently, also the name of a new show I'm pitching to Nickelodeon.
This will be the start of their 8th day in the tent since chop. I've been bending a few branches here or there since chop just to get a feel for the change which I have definitely noticed over time. I tried bending a bunch of branches this morning and didn't get a single snap even in the very small tertiary stems, but they do feel closer! I almost considered squeezing a bud but then thought better of it. I did touch the outside of some sugar leaves and the smell is still phenomenal, so I'm hoping that's a good sign.
Take a small bud and cut through it so you get a cross section and you can see the difference between the center and outer parts
You have my permission to mangle away, I feel the same way when I go to pick me out a bud, I look at the shitload of em and wonder why I am so tentativeSometimes I forget that its my weed and I can do stuff like that whenever I want. Thanks for the reminder! lol
I took one of the smaller buds per your suggestion. Some of the sugar leaves were crisp at their tips but not to the point that they flaked off. The bud itself felt dense, very pliable when man-handled with no breaking or flaking - the kind of bud I feel like would be a bitch to grind because of too much moisture.
I also chopped it in half to confirm, and it still looked and felt good throughout. Aside from the very outer shell, as you put it, everything inside seemed consistent with regards to moisture. Even the little larfy bud site right below also didn't feel too too dry. Smells great too!