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lraisch

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Jul 4, 2011
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Granite Falls, Washington state
I have had a number of tins of aged tobacco exhibit noticeable swelling and emit a satisfying woosh when opened, but I never had one pop with such force before!
I opened a tin of 18 year old Rattray's 7 Reserve (which is one of my favorites) and saw that the top was swollen but I was startled to be sprayed with tobacco as soon as I popped the tab.
The tobacco smelled wonderful and needless to say I recovered all I could. I like to let the contents of an old tin breathe for two or three days so I will find out tomorrow just what was the effect of all of that fermentation!

 

orobusto

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Aug 22, 2015
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I don't remember where I saw the tip, but if you have a bulging tin, hold a cloth around your tin and hand as you open it to keep the contents from spraying all over.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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The hole in the lid sounds like a plan. It would release all the pressure and the tobacco would be entirely contained (or nearly so). The cloth wrap sounds second best. I was going to suggest opening the bulging tin in a gallon ziplock type bag, but I think the hole is the best approach. No repacking the tin.

 

jndyer

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Jul 1, 2012
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I like the hole in the lid suggestion, except you now have a hole in your lid. I really like the idea of the ziplock bag solution.

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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An ice pick would make a hole big enough to release the pressure, but small enough to not let tobacco fly about. Once a rip type of lid is removed, it's pretty useless anyway.

 
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