Old Tins Shelf Life?

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gnatjulio

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I just picked up a few old tins of tobacco(Rattray's black mallory, 7 reserve medium, red rapparee, sam gawith's westmorland mixture and navy flake. All the cans hissed indicating a vacuume seal. The paper inside the tins however were brown and seemed to have absorbed a bunch of moisture from the tobacco and i noticed little white specks on the flake. I just want to know if these are okay to smoke and is there a shelf life to the tins that should concern me. and how would i know if mold had gotten into the tobacco (although i dont see how that is possible as the tins did hiss when opened?)

 

crpntr1

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I think its probably fine...go ahead and if it makes you gravely sick we'll all know not to try it..

 

grizzly86

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I could always take one for the team. You can send them to me and I'll smoke them. :nana:

 

grizzly86

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@gnatjulio If it does not smell moldy/mildewy it is most likely fine. I have read about this a few different places. Supposedly it is oils and sugars from the tobacco crystalizing.

 

rlunderhill

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I place the tobacco on a sheet of plastic wrap and spread it all out for a good look see. You'll know if it's bad. If it's to dry you may need to re-hydrate it some. Then put it in Ball jars. It's amazing how long an unopened tin will last. I picked up some 8 year old tins and they were just fine.

 

gnatjulio

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Haha, thanks guys. Just wanted to double check. And the tins did have that healthy hiss to them.

 

spartan

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If the white specs look anything like these flakes of Penzance then you're in the zone.

Smoke that crystalized goodness.

 
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