- Feb 11, 2016
Ahhhh, it’s good to see Chuck in the house!!! :worship: :clap:
Well, I’ll be a monkeys uncle. I kept two bags of Dunbar and one bag of Dorchester in their original Mylar bags and put them away in my cellar, it’s looking like I better check up on these and transfer them to jars. Thanks for the heads up!Regarding the plastic: I sealed the unopened, 8-oz metalized bags that bulk Esoterica came in (maybe it still does; I've not bought it in forever) inside of two heavy-duty bags each that came with the vacuum machine. I tried it on both Penzance and Dorchester, and they both dried out. Maybe I got a batch with poor seals on the original bags, but they looked airtight and didn't exchange air when squeezed, as far as I remember.
Cortez, that was one of the best articles I have read recently about pipe tobacco. Thanks a lot for sharing.I recently found a seemingly well researched article on aging by Chuck Stanion at SmokingPipes daily reader web page. Nothing to do with jars, per se; but nonetheless informative.
Just purchase 1 gallon mylar bags and put the original bags inside of the 1 gallon mylar bag. Kind of double protection. Easier and less space consuming as well. I've done that with most all of my Esoterica blends.Well, I’ll be a monkeys uncle. I kept two bags of Dunbar and one bag of Dorchester in their original Mylar bags and put them away in my cellar, it’s looking like I better check up on these and transfer them to jars. Thanks for the heads up!
After reading Chuck’s post, I headed to Target to buy 16 more jars to put my Esoterica tobaccos in. I’m glad I did, upon opening the bags there was clearly several pinholes that where letting light though the bag, a few more years and I’m betting the tobacco would have been dried out. They’ve only been in my cellar for a couple of years at this point so little to no moisture was lost. I’m just glad I came across this thread as I saved myself some major disappointment down the road. The pinholes didn’t fully penatrate the Mylar but it was enough to let light though and if light is getting through, I imagine air molecules are passing through as well. Lesson learned, if I ever buy more Esoterica’s in the bag, I’ll be transferring the contents to jars from here on out.The Esoterica bags have sometimes arrived fresh from the distributor with unsealed corners on the gusset flaps. In my experience, it's always the top seal. More than likely, that's the only seal being made at the Germain's factory. I've also found pinholes near folds or wrinkles. I wouldn't trust the bags for long-term storage, but for the sake of space, I have chosen to pack all of my Esoterica bags, unopened in their original bags inside 6-mil laminated mylar/aluminum vapor barrier bags which I hand seal with an iron. I can't prove it will work long-term, but I'm feeling confident.