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About PigFish

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  1. ... so we are going to fight about it now? Whether we are talking religions, political groups, or communities, even cigar groups, there will be flawed thought, flawed actions and actors. We are human after all. Our free will is God given, yet it is God's greatest challenge to humanity!!! MHO... Man's eternal struggle is to deal with his own free will. I think that some see an enemy while some don't. It is pretty simple. The enemy was simpler to see when they dressed in a white sheet with a pointed hood, or brown shirt, but perhaps lesser so when they were contemporary. Hindsight is always 20/20. I would say that if one cannot recognize the 'enemy today' that is okay. It is in a "good man's" character not to point fingers. Yet claiming that one does not exist is proof of ignorance. Every group that has set out to force the hand of society via the force of violence has started small, and to them for good reason. Sometimes it just fizzles out and is carried to the next group that fosters hatred and the malcontented. Sometimes it is ended only by world war... I pray this will not be such an event. This is easy for me to see... Yet wrapping the innocent up in a reckless accusation does nothing but alienate my friends. I will therefore leave you with this. Society cannot be shaped by 'force.' This is a 'force' to shape society... The human characteristic to exercise "their desire for power and control" as the will of God is the greatest of human flaws, furthermore the greatest sin of all. It is closely followed by those who wish to shape it with the force of government. The flaw is in the thought of the perfection of man. If God meant for man to be perfect, he would have made them so and not left it to 'a' man's neighbor. I believe in God. There will be a penalty to pay for these acts, if not in this life, then in the next. If you believe differently, it is because God gave you free will, and the freedom give the creator the 'middle' finger. I would not have it any other way. It is the people that wish to change you with violence that are the problem. Unfortunately, they can only be met with violence... and we have come full circle. God's speed Manchester.
  2. ... was it SMERSH or SPECTRE? God's speed, Roger! I truly enjoyed your journeys as the Saint, and as Bond. You have left your mark on the lives of many. -Piggy
  3. Mate you gave me a good laugh... I ponder the strangest things. To suggest that I think a bit differently than the mainstream would put you in good company! -LOL You wanna' know how odd I am? Most people send photos of their kids, sometime playing sport (yeah, mate... I am talking about you) and yet Piggy hear sends pictures of humidor performance and data logs. Luckily for them and the human race, I have no kids!!! Cheers! -Piggy Great posts my friend, I have been enjoying the responses very much....
  4. Congrats guys! I was going to do a video review of an RAPC, but worked on humidor logic instead. I think I won in my own way... too! Enjoy your earnings mates and thanks to Bwana (and Company) for making it all happen. -the Pig
  5. ... an honest man! What is a few RG between friends??? -LOL -Piggy
  6. Understanding a cigar. Having read a comment about the Hoyo Coronas this morning got me to thinking… That’s bad, I know! The comment was, and I am paraphrasing, 'one of the few cigars in MRN’s book that got trashed.' I scoffed at that comment, and got to thinking about it some. Why should I scoff at panning a cigar? Many of us ‘pan’ cigars. I am certainly one of the worst perpetrators… These ELs and REs are favorite targets of mine. I suppose it is because it comes from the lips of a collector, and my obvious bias against them as a group. More on that another day… I know, many think these guys are gurus and gods but I don’t share their sentiments. Smoking was designed as a pleasure, not a competitive practice. (MHO). I cannot say that I like the direction smoking has gone since the 'collector community' has come to the forefront. I give you the topic at hand. How well do you know any cigar? As for me, there was a day that I smoked several cigars a day. I no longer smoke like this. I rarely have a cigar a day, lately anyway. I may go on binges where I smoke everyday for a few days, however that usually subsides within about a week. I also largely smoke from one box, but that too is getting less common. As I smoke less often, I have been picking away at the decades growth of my singles and strays. I have no ‘rotation’ as some put it. When I used to smoke this often, it was largely done from one box. That open box, might just travel around with me in the car as it would not last longer than a week or so. It was more habitual and little time was put into 'thinking about what to smoke.' When I wanted to smoke, I just went to 'the open box' to smoke from! That was more or less a time when I considered myself largely a ‘this is my cigar’ smoker. Let me explain. Those days were largely filled with Coronas. Punch Coronas and Partagas Coronas as well as others, and of course plenty of Petit Coronas and sub-Petit Coronas cigars. My favorite back then was the Partagas PC, generally in 50 cabs. Another 50 cab cigar that was a staple, was the du Depute. These were the days when I was consuming 1000 (or so) cigars a year. At that rate, I felt I got to know certain cigars pretty well. I mean if you smoked say 300 of one cigar in a year, you got to know them pretty well… Yesterday as today, cigar quality would ebb and flow with the trends in cigar manufacturing, both good and bad. I felt connected to certain cigars back then. I called those cigars, 'my own.' I brought this up in a thread recently about considering a cigar, or a brand of cigar your own. While I cannot comment on the habits of others, there were certainly signature cigars that were really my staples. While I was certainly smoking other brands and sizes of cigars, I wanted to pick my way through the entire Cuban cigar catalogue back then, there was simply never the time nor smoking experience to call ‘every’ cigar I owned or tried, my signature cigar. As cigars have changed so much I am a bit of an anachronism. I still know my favorites better than any made today. There are of course some of my favorite cigars that are still made, such as the QdO Coronas, but since I am not consuming over 100 of them a year, there is no real means for me to claim to be an expert on them. I certainly know more about the ones made 15 years ago, than I do today. So this brings me to the point. What is ‘your’ cigar, if you have one? How well do you know it? How long have you known it and what does it take in your mind to be an authority about it? Reading an 'expert's' tasting notes on hundreds of cigars got me thinking more and more about this. Who is kidding whom here? How many cigars must you consume in a day, a week, a year to be an expert? Can there really be an expert on all those cigars? For me the authority days are pretty much a thing of the past. I likely know more about the Grande de Espana than the RASS. I certainly know more about the Diplomaticos #1 than the Monte 2…! As those cigars are no longer available, calling them 'my own,' categorizing them as such has more or less become an obsolete notion. So I have come full circle. How many cigars a day does an expert need to smoke to become intimate with the entire Cuban catalogue of cigars? Can there really be an expert on them all, or even just a few? As cigars change over time, how many of them would one need to smoke and need to keep smoking over time in order remain current? I proffer there are no expert smokers. Even with the limited catalogue today, one simply cannot consume enough of more than a few cigars to really know them intimately. Intimately, meaning having a continuing depth of knowledge about their past and their current trends… As for me, I know more about humidors than the cigars that most people keep in them today! I suppose as long as I have one more RA PC to smoke, I will know more about that one (and a few others) than many will ever know. Yet it is only due to the fact that the cigars is no longer made and there are not newer vintages to become familiar with and no need to keep current. Perhaps as cigars are cancelled from the catalog, that act makes some of us who have smoked them 'experts?' After all, who is going to argue? Now that is collector logic for you!!! Thanks for reading. -Piggy
  7. Good job my friend. I guess I won't be reviewing one of those cigars you sent me this round!!! -LOL -R
  8. ... remember boys, JS said to avoid these years at all costs! Don't you listen to your betters??? -the Pig
  9. ... dude! That's low! (pun intended)! -tP
  10. You are certainly welcome! Yes, higher temp, same rH, lower EMC. I store at 70F and 60 to 61rH depending on the humidor. I actually believe that low temperatures are constructively bad for cigar storage in a typical humidor. I won't go into that now, but that is one of my beliefs... Remember, there really is no perfect controlled humidor. My ideas, based around some understanding of hysteresis is that low amplitude, high frequency cycles are not noticeable to tobacco and the net result is in essence a 'stable' humidor. Cheers! -the Pig
  11. I don't know that I can really take the time to explain it... But hopefully proving it will do! There are a number of notes that should go with this answer. First, this is not my original material. I am a great believer in research. In order to understand why my empirical experience began to contradict “traditional” thinking in cigar keeping, this includes what I used to believe about tobacco storage, I started to research tobacco adsorption and desorption characteristics. Ultimately, I found that what I was experiencing with the ability to control tobacco storage (the humidor) with some precision was in fact completely consistent to what (mass) tobacco producers have known for decades. All this material is proven. Therefore this is not speculation on my part. One only needs one or two pieces for this puzzle to become clear. He/she either needs the ability to control the variables of temperature and rH with some precision, a precision scale, and the time to experiment for themselves, OR the ability to research the data from those who have the time and resources for same, and understand and believe their work. I have done both! The fact is, the more that one understands the science of water activity, the more intuitive this will become. The study of water activity and food storage is a huge resource for information. What is not often understood is that this material is not derived from a formula. The formula is derived from the empirical data and testing via a scientific method… All hygroscopic materials are different, yet most of them, with the obvious exception of aqueous salts act pretty much the same. Without spending a lot of time on the rhetoric lets just drop the proof! What you see here is a chart from a research paper that I found some number of years ago when researching this topic. I was specifically looking for data to prove what I had found empirically, and that was when I stored cigars at lower temperature, with a fixed rH, cigars actually got heavier and acquired more water. The paper itself, from my recollection is some 50 to 60 years old. I took this chart from that paper. I likely have the original paper somewhere but finding it has proven to be quiet a task. One therefore can only reference the work I have done on the chart. I took the scanned image of the chart and took it over to CAD to scale some of the data for extrapolation. This image therefore is my work. Since this is a logarithmic scaled chart (and I don’t have the matrix of original data points) this is the best that I can do with the data. The point is, you will notice that isosteric lines (the Temperature lines) [corrected] are separated by a distance. This is proof that as the temperature changes so does the isothermal adsorption of water in tobacco. This is the proof… There is something further, not really shown on the chart. Remember the chart is logarithmic. This means that the EMC data is compressed as we move up the Y line. This means that the effect actually gets more pronounced, the higher we move up Y axis of the chart. We therefore can assume that we tend to ‘freeze’ or lets say, largely immobilize gaseous water in a hygroscopic substance, as the temperature gets lower. You can prove this to yourself with the right equipment, the ability to store cigars in a stable state for a long period of time, and a lot of time to chart the cigars you are testing. This all has to do with the energy of water and the valence bonds that it makes with a host (hygroscopic) material. We all understand freezing water to itself is a matter of reducing its energy. There is no real difference in freezing water to a hygroscopic substance. As water bonds to itself, it bonds to hygroscopic materials. If you understand the three states of water, solid, liquid and gas, all based on the energy of water (temperature), you can understand that the higher the energy (temperature) of water, the harder is it to bond it to tobacco or itself. I hope this answers your question. Cheers! -Piggy
  12. .... Looks like the Ozbornes are ganging up on Piggy today! You should know better John! -R
  13. ... you must get (char) coal for Christmas! -tP
  14. Like many on this thread and forum I suggest 'trying' a dryer cigar. Yet on the other hand, if you don't have smoking problems and issues, why change? I know this seems contradictory, but we are not the same. Furthermore, this site has slid (yes slid) back to mentioning rH without a corresponding temperature. EMC in a cigar is not based solely on rH but on rH and temperature. 70rH and 60F and 70rH and 80F yield different water content in your cigars. I think with the consensus perhaps you have something to think about. You might think about trying something different, but a total shift to how you store really may not be in order. I understand your house is dry... Okay great, an rH negative ambient is the established simplest means to store cigars, but without knowing the temperature, I could suggest settings that overly dry out your cigars and that would be bad. Notice @stogieluver gave you his settings! Not setting!!! That is the proper way to address cigar EMC questions. The best thing that I could hope that you would get out of this thread is the understanding that temperature and rH are linked. One number without the other is useless! Best of luck on your project. -Piggy

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