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  1. CigarNerd

    FOH Mould Study

    I've received some more samples for inspection, the result was once again: mold. v
  2. CigarNerd

    Vacuum sealing

    Please be aware that those vacuum bags are not air tight, and I'm not talking about the sealing but the actual plastic. You still need to keep them in your humidor, the humidity inside the bags will diffuse to the outside if the outside is drier than the inside.
  3. CigarNerd

    FOH Mould Study

    yes, was absolutely phantastic with a little bit of garlic and a light beurre blanc
  4. CigarNerd

    FOH Mould Study

    I've received another sample for analysis: 50% crop: Diagnosis: Fungus
  5. CigarNerd

    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!
  6. CigarNerd

    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.
  7. CigarNerd

    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:
  8. True Detective - Season 1 great actors, great story, dazlious quotes
  9. Why not always punch first? And if the draw is too tight, you can still cut.
  10. 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.
  11. "grass and hay" pretty much sums up what I find in Cohibas. Don't like them.
  12. 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 ;-)

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