PigFish

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  1. I think it has little to do with walkers, bikers or drivers! It has everything to do with egocentrism. Egocentrism abounds! Do you think that someone would stop to help someone stranded on the road... no! Help a lady get a box of something in her cart or off a top shelf at the store. Maybe round up the neighbors elderly dog so he does not get hit by an egocentric motorist??? It just does not happen much anymore. I think we are from the 'I/Me' generation. There is no 'you and yours' in 'I/me.' Rant over! -Piggy
  2. I call this writing to the lowest common denominator. I don't do it! Writing is fun for some people. While it can be a chore, I would rather write than edit video. I would prefer to talk on the phone than text, and email fits in between. Writing something worthwhile and reading something worthwhile are both pleasures. It is a matter of taste. I am likely 'the one' on this board most accused of writing tomes. Don't like it, gain nothing from it... skip it? You have the right not to read my stuff! I would like to think that I can keep a reader's interest, but not all readers certainly. This is the lowest common denominator aspect. Not all people will be interested in what one has to say, and I just don't worry about those people. I think it is a skill to write and keep interest. If you are interested in the topic, yet not in my writing that is my fault. I try to avoid this, as I would prefer to write to 'everyone that has the interest.' This is closely related to insulting people as they read written material. One cannot possibly control all the emotions felt by all the people that will read his material, nor their mentality or the degree to which they have interest or ability to understand. You simply cannot shield and interest all parties whey you write passionatly. When dealing with individuals you will have to compromise. And an author may have to compromise on many aspects and thoughts to be successful. Whether it is clarity of thought, or the obscurity of offense, writing, as any form of communication is a skill. One cannot please all the people all the time, and I will conclude my writing by saying that it is a waste of a passionate writer's time to try! Cheers! -Piggy
  3. Oh yes, I can see his point. Fatty Kim is the image of clean living and health, good taste and a sound mind!!! -LOL Whatever this guy is brewing in this tofu tea, he should replace with sugar! -the Pig
  4. ... when mold grows on them they are too wet! When they crumble to dust, they are too dry! To average Joe... You want something in between! -tP
  5. Tooth fairy is a better explanation to 'cigars healing themselves.' I suppose if you found a bad one, they all just went sick again!!! Cigar-pox! -LOL Regardless the reason, I am glad that they smoke well for you mate! -R
  6. It did not come back... Welcome to Cuban quality control. MHO! -R
  7. .. while said in jest, cigars are what you make of them. Some of us have a few loose screws! There is noting wrong with just picking, cutting and lighting a cigar... enjoying it. When it becomes competitive, it gets spoiled. MHO! Deep to me would have to be split into two categories. One would consist of a place in time, and the other would be over time. I would not want to really own untested cigars in massive amounts in one time period. You may never really know how good or awful the cigars are until you have consumed a number of them. Many 'nested' cigars that are great would be a blessing. Many 'nested' cigars that are mediocre would be just a storage problem! Therefore cigars, many boxes of favorites, over time, is the best approach. You cannot own enough of those. There is no 'deep.' Deep does not exist for an excellent cigar unless mortality comes into play. On the other hand there is the nested, untested cigar. I typically don't buy more than say 3 or 4 boxes, even of favorites in one time frame. Favorite or no, they could just be crappy cigars! The risk per box is the same statistically, but I don't want a nest of crappy cigars, ever...! I therefore spread that out over time, hoping to get some better and then some 'worse' cigars. Deep for a single vintage or say range of boxes a year, would perhaps be about 4 boxes. -Piggy
  8. These are just two of available packages. These are simple and not too expensive and they have 6DI and 6 (sinking) outs. I have a couple that have analog inputs as well and Modbus via RS232. They can be connected to a package that communicates but I have not gone there. My HMI for example will communicate and then return parameters back to the controller via Modbus, but I am getting ahead of myself here. HMI and a stout but inexpensive PLC is where this is going... or at least where I want it to go, as those platforms are still developing and getting cheaper and better all the time. The days of purpose built climate control is splitting... and commercial packages are way too expensive, large and complex and at the same time offer very little that the cigar humidor administrator really wants and needs. Purpose built for a commercial operation is not what we need... MHO. Purpose build for humidor control is what is needed, but that need not be proprietary. Proprietary is nothing more than a datum in market history, waiting for obsolescence. Flexibility, based on what the market perfects is more to my liking. That is where I am going anyway. I program myself, but have limited skills. I work within the realm of what interests me and I do not have a broad-based PLC programming background. It is not what I 'do.' I am a creature of necessity. I have done some ladder logic programming etc., as the needs arise. I manage to come up with what I need to pull-off the function that I want and that is all that is necessary. As a boutique business, largely driven for the fun of pursuing the 'perfect humidor,' it is not highly profitable, therefore consultants are not a prime source of my knowledge. I am a renaissance individual (man). When it comes to humidors, unlike climate control of a commercial building (or refrigeration for that matter) there is very little need for communication capability. Energy use in a commercial building, not to mention the complexity of such a project requires connectivity. Humidors run the same, day in and day out. There is no (and therefore little) need to control them offsite (or from a distance) except as a novelty. If you master control and automation, offsite viewing and control is money wasted (MHO) and therefore not a priority to me. Why watch something that runs perfectly, unless you are just fascinated by how it runs (which I happen to enjoy, but not while I am on vacation)! Warehouse climate control would be another matter. I am not working in that field. My controllers are build to a level of control. I don't choose hardware components, it would be too expensive. I don't have the business to support a 'component up' built controller. It is why I chose an commercial automation controls outfit. I wanted them to do that work for me! What is also important is affordability. People don't want to spend a lot for a small controller, when they don't understand the processes involved. And even if they did, the cost would outweigh the benefit. They just want it to work as you say it works... -LOL An inexpensive (affordable) bi-directional control that supports the precision logic that I require to pull this off is not easy to find... Trust me! Of course you can use two bi-directional universal controllers, but the more instruments you use, the more room you lose, the heat you make etc... It is all a balancing act and the consumer's budget is a big piece of that equation. Nice talking to you Justin. -Ray
  9. ... all subject to my opinion! Too cold in general, cigars need not be refrigerated. Most of us don't live in 65F ambients. This makes the cigar a water magnet in and out of the humidor when ambient air touches it. Furthermore, 65rH (if you are able to accurately judge it) and 65F are arguably too wet. Fluctuations due to build design or error in instrumentation can mean that you go over the threshold for capillary water very easily. That was probably the case here. I am not speculating on this, I have tried it! Often times 65/65 (accurately kept) would net me a mildew oder from a sealed surface humidor over time. Most of this would emirate from the paper products used in the dress box makeup. 65/65 is too wet... MHO and this says nothing about what it does to the smoking experience, again, MHO... -Piggy
  10. Tubos get mold by having the various conditions on Isla Cuba packaged into them and then moved to a colder climate. We are then talking the absolute water content of the tubo's space, cigar and liner where that water migrates to the most susceptible substrate in a declining temperature... THE CIGAR...! This is also a pitfall of a wet cigar in a small sealed space. Water can bet baked out during shipping, and when cooled deposit on the inner lining of the tube (the first place to cool) and then transfer first to the wrapper, causing capillary water, and bingo, mold! I never store tubes closed unless I provide the EMC via at least a year of careful storage. -Piggy
  11. ... bingo! As I have written many times here, rH is only 1/2 of the equation to storing cigars. rH is but half the problem. I get pictures of a static hygrometers in a wine cooler and get asked, 'what is wrong with this, why do you say it does not work...?' So many of these people store at 65F, with so little room for error, a poor choice (MHO). Well... if you are developing mold on your cigars, your humidor is not working properly unless you are growing mold AND, quite possibly not as well as you think it does. Temperatures and rH levels will vary in any humidor. It is the nature of the beast. But if this is happening to one cigar, you can bet many more have capillary water in them. If this was fresh from a vendor then they have had it stored in an extremely wet area in their humidor, storage facility. I would not likely smoke this cigar for at least a year, stored at a proper level of rH and temperature. Cheers! -Piggy
  12. Thank you... There are many types of controllers and I have one OEM'd for me in Europe. This is the only way I could get both direct and reverse control on two axis out of such a small package. I am now actually working on just building my own from a more robust PLC and HMI. I am behind on that project as it sits on my desk and runs in demonstration mode and has gone little farther! I am at a mid-point today working on what I call parallel process control. I am using my current controller as a parametric controller that is easy for customers to use and understand and working on 'downstream' processing via a separate PLC. This is still in its infancy with me... and largely theoretical. The nice thing about this method is that I can take the raw digital output of my first PLC and perform more complex processes on it based on programming and not fixed by limited parameter logic. I have a couple of guinea pigs in the pipe (customers) that I hope to experiment on... It should be interesting! These are very cool little controllers. To give you a sense of size that is an SD cart on top of one. -Piggy
  13. I would say to discount what 'any' smoker tells you to do with your cigars, as a general "warning" about the internet cigar world. "Bad data" is prevalent all over the net. Spend some time reading the forum... While we have had at least dozens, "what conditions do you use" threads on the forum, you should ask your question to the broader audience. I build climate controlled humidors as a sideline. I store at 70F and 60 to 61 (depending on the humidor) rH. My humidors are very consistent. Based on my tastes then, your cigars are way, way too wet. But again, I am just one guy. Perhaps try dry-boxing a few cigars and see if a dryer cigar suits your tastes. I think it makes a world of difference, but again, I am just one opinion in a sea of many. Best of luck on your storage! Cheers! -Piggy
  14. ... you then are making the assumption that 'oils' are volatile, where volatility is based on temperature, that oils are what you taste, and they possibly exit the cigar with water loss. That is okay... A lot of folks have some of these beliefs, I am just not one of them. I don't believe that 'oils' are the basis for the taste of the cigar. Or that the visual aspect of 'oils present to the eye' make for a better or worse cigar. We therefore think differently on the topic. Again, that is not bad, I think differently than many on many a topic. Again, I don't believe that any of these fluctuations are going to affect the 'life' of your cigars. I do believe that they will affect your taste and smoking experience based on my tastes, as my tastes are the only tool in this subjective world I can use to judge... Cigars are constantly exchanging water. Just because they are at equilibrium, a 'balanced' state with the ambient, does not mean that water is not leaving nor being received by the tobacco. Equilibrium is an exchange state, not a state, static in nature. It is a 'balance state' of net gain and loss, not a state frozen by 'no' gain or 'no' loss. The theory of volatile oils would have a means of known decay, a loss in weight and taste over time, if that were the case. Once more, the losses could be tested for and then predicted. Cigar tastes would, or could be charted against a known rate of decay and that would blow apart the entire collector world! I see no evidence for this in 30+ years of smoking cigars. ... the collector world, would not not allow it to exist...! -LOL Cheers! -Piggy

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