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  1. FOH Mould Study

    yes, was absolutely phantastic with a little bit of garlic and a light beurre blanc
  2. FOH Mould Study

    I've received another sample for analysis: 50% crop: Diagnosis: Fungus
  3. offal - do you eat it?

    There's a traditional Austrian dish called "Beuschel" which is basically a ragout of veal lung and veal heart. Doesn't look very appealing, but is very delicious (if prepared properly): My favorite would be either chicken liver peri-peri (the tenderness and creaminess of the liver goes very well with the punch-in-the-face heat) or chicken liver pate: You have to try out this recipie, you just have to!
  4. FOH Mould Study

    However, there were some spots I couldn't figure out what they could possibly be. I've contacted the austrian mycology department and they had a closer look at those spots. First of all, they have confirmed the findings above: that is all mold. The spots in the pictures below were identified as bacteria: 100% crop: 100% crop: There was nothing else on those cigars: just mold and bacteria.
  5. FOH Mould Study

    I've received some samples for analysis: Taking some macro-pics, it was pretty obvious that most of the stuff is mold:
  6. True Detective - Season 1 great actors, great story, dazlious quotes
  7. Why not always punch first? And if the draw is too tight, you can still cut.
  8. I'd go anytime with underfilled. I do know all the tricks for overfilled cigars (metal/wood skewer, kneading) but none of them works for me. If there is too much stuff inside, there is too much stuff inside. You'd have to pull some leaves out in order to improve the draw. Some say it helps if they drill a hole, but for the life of me I never succeeded to get some material out of the cigar with a drill. If it is underfilled, I simply use the smallest puncher and the draw will be good. You still end up with a faster than usual smoke, but as the draw is normal the cigar does not get too hot. So bottom line for me: punch first, cut later.
  9. "grass and hay" pretty much sums up what I find in Cohibas. Don't like them.
  10. Yes, actually white mold can become green mold: Once I've put a cigar in a very humid environment and made some timelapse movies to see how the mold develops. Some types, and I am not saying all types, are actually white in the early stages and develop a color later on. First the white stuff spreads, and later on the green stuff in the middle developed: First those tiny litte white pinheads form, than the pinheads grow and become larger and finally they turn green. You can see all 3 stages in this closeup: You can also take a look at the clementine on the wiki-page: Same mold, 2 colors. And btw: Cigars relax me beyond all measure, don't worry ;-)
  11. my 2 cents: The thing with color is the same like with plume: it's a myth to soothe our minds. It's a story which gained truth by simple repetition.
  12. But if "most white mold is benign", which in turn means some might be toxic, how can we say white mold is good when some forms of it are toxic and we don't have a clue how to distinguish between good and bad white mold? How do we know if we are confronted with white mold that stays white, or another form that would turn green in 1 week? Just wait another week for the fun of it? What if it would turn green after 2 weeks? I completely agree that the toxicity of mold depends on the type of mold, however I utterly disagree that color might be a good separator to identify the correct species. I'm very into this whole mold-cigar-thing and I'm in contact with some mold/fungus-experts. Identifying the right species is NEVER done by looking at the color of the mold. The 1st step in identifying the mold is a morphological analysis (looking through a microscope), and sometimes this is not enough because the morphology of 2 species is too simmilar. In those cases they have to run a molekular analysis, which in turn can also be very easy or very tricky. If it is easy and they can find the right match, the molekular analysis costs about 400,- EUR/stick. But if they have to run extensive molekular analysis, you end up with twice the price. Sounds like quite some effort to me, and we fellow smokers have a special gift to tell good and bad apart simply by looking at the color? Nope, not buying this. Having said that: I'm not a person that throws away sticks with mold on them. I wipe them off and smoke them, because mold is just a part of this hobby. At least you have the spores (which also could be toxic) on the cigars, and maybe you have a stick in your hands that was already full of mold but has been wiped away by the previous owner/dealer.

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