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  1. Formula 1 - 2017

    Mika, Not sure if you have ever been to the Singapore GP or not but it is a must see event. I just got home from Singapore myself and the experience was amazing. Probably the best sporting event I have been too and so well organised. A night time street race with the Singapore skyline in the background is truly an unbelievable spectacle.
  2. Hi all, September's edition of the newsletter is here. Have read and catch up on anything you've missed this month on FOH. To view, please click the image below. You can then control the aspect/size by clicking again.
  3. Stopwatch: Corona Gorda

    Time to draw a winner! Congratulations @TomF! PM me your preferred shipping details and we will get a prize on the way to you. As always, thanks to the legend that is @planetary for keeping a record of results.
  4. Apologies for the delay on the draw. Great days out planned by all. FIVE WINNERS! @Fuzz @Fosgate @Islandboy @maxcjs0101 @toofargone Congratulations guys! PM me your preferred shipping details and we will get prizes on the way.
  5. Have a great weekend all!
  6. How would you respond.....

    It will then be forwarded onto Adam's in-tray...
  7. It's been a while... Lauren is now in control of the editing, so give her a few reviews to get up to speed and a little encouragement. Enjoy!
  8. Thanks for participating again folks. Getting a good gauge of smoking times thanks to @planetary! This weeks winner is: @Diabolicalpherpher. Congratulations! PM me your preferred shipping details when you get the chance.
  9. Stopwatch: Robusto

    @planetary saved me a job and a far superior job you have done. Thanks to everyone for taking part it this little experiment. We can only have one winner on this one. Congratulations @BMWBen! PM me your preferred shipping details so that we can send your prize out.
  10. Final Mould Report

    You've got me very intrigued... If you are okay parting ways with a little pinch then we would love to get it tested.
  11. The idea behind the mould study was to shed some light into the world of mould and plume. Earlier in the year we asked for examples of both from members and then selected 10 representative cigars for testing. Testing was undertaken by the team at Australia Biotech Laboratories. In the event that a substance other than mould was detected, that substance would be further tested by Biotech laboratories or their partners in order to determine the nature of the substance. Let us begin. Lot 1 - Candida Parapsilosis Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs Candida parapsilosis is a fungal species of the yeast family that has become a significant cause of sepsis and of wound and tissue infections in immuno-compromised patients. The immune system is a major player in Candida parapsilosis infections. Candida parapsilosis is not an exclusive human pathogen, having been isolated from nonhuman sources such as domestic animals, insects or soil. Candida parapsilosis is a normal human biological relation and it is one of the fungi most frequently isolated from the human hands Lot 2 / Lot 8 - Penicillium ascomycetous Bolivar No. 2 Penicillium ascomycetous fungi is of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Some members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria inside the body. Other species are used in cheese-making. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species. Diplomatico No. 2 Lot 3 / Lot 4 / Lot 5 / Lot 7 / Lot 10 - Aspergillus Partagas Lonsdale Aspergillus is defined as a group of conidial fungi - that is, fungi in an asexual state. Members of the genus possess the ability to grow where a high osmotic concentration (high sugar, salt, etc.) exists. Aspergillus species are highly aerobic and are found in almost all oxygen-rich environments, where they commonly grow as moulds on the surface of a substrate, because of the high oxygen tension. Commonly, fungi grow on carbon-rich substrates like monosaccharides (such as glucose) and polysaccharides (such as amylose). Aspergillus species are common contaminants of starchy foods (such as bread and potatoes), and grow in or on many plants and trees. In addition to growth on carbon sources, many species of Aspergillus demonstrate oligotrophy where they can grow in nutrient-depleted environments, or environments with a complete lack of key nutrients. Por Larranaga Petit Corona Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Lot 6 / Lot 9 - Wallemia sebi H Upmann Magnum 50 Wallemia sebi is a dry fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. It is commonly found on highly sugared or salted materials, such as jams, bread, cakes, sugar, bacon, salted meets, and salted fish. It is also found in indoor air, house dust, and soil. One distinctive feature of W. sebi is its relationship with water activity. Most fungi are profoundly affected by the availability of water. The ability to tolerate environments with low water activity has been found mostly in Ascomycota, but rarely in Basidiomycota. However, W. sebi. can adjust its morphology and physiology to adapt to different environmental conditions and survive osmotic stress. Wallemia sebi have lower limits for growth below water activity of 0.75aw (water activity), while most microorganisms are limited to 0.95 and above. Wallemia sebi has been isolated from hair, hay, textiles and man. It can grow slowly without additional solute in the growth medium, and form small, reddish-brown, powdery colonies. Montecristo No. 4 Conclusion There were two cigars that showed potential for being something other than mould. That proved to be a false hope. All 10 cigars in this sample testing proved to be one of four mould types. The positive to be taken from this testing is that we now have the system set to test into the future. With that in mind I will put up a store credit of $250 USD $350 AUD for any member who provides a cigar for testing that proves to be of crystalline substance and not mould. If you believe you have that cigar, take a photo or two and e-mail them to Greg or myself and upon review we will give you the shipping details. We will only take one to two cigars for testing at a time. We only need one cigar for testing from any individual. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this exercise! Rob & Greg & Jer BioTech Report - Biotech Report 713806.pdf
  12. Congratulations @jmg who picked up the second sampler! PM me your shipping details, mate.
  13. Wow, really dropping the ball on this one. Organising a second draw now. Sorry people!
  14. Late draw... Apologies team. Thanks to all who took the time to write up and post a review. Congratulations to @ChanceSchmerr! PM me your preferred shipping address and we will get your prize on the way to you.
  15. @havanaclub and @ChanceSchmerr, my fault. I missed the draw on this one. Will get onto it now.

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