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Infusing your own cigars. Sort of.

EchambersEchambers B'Ham Posts: 4,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
First let me be clear that I am not a big fan if infused cigars but I was interested in a comment about pickle infused cigars on another page. Has anyone seriously tried to infused a cigar? Is as simple as sticking a handful of mild cigars in a humi full of fresh roared coffee and letting them sit for a few months?
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  • wwhwangwwhwang Ottawa, ON, CanadaPosts: 2,878 ✭✭✭
    Actually, yes. A few of the older BOTL on here tried this 3 or 4 years ago. Mostly with alcohol though, but this works for coffee as well. I'd suggest doing this in a plastic bag or another airtight container. Just not a humidor unless you're willing to scrub with vinegar and water, then re-season.

    Basically, put in whatever cigars you want to infuse in the bag/container first after dry-boxing for a day or two. After that, put a saucer/bowl with whatever you want (try bourbon, cognac, whisky, or room temp coffee) for about a month or two (longer if you prefer a stronger flavor) in the bag/container. Don't add any humidiciation devices. Just sit back and let the sticks soak up the flavors through evaporation.

    You could also try putting those liquids in a tiny cup of beads/gel. I wouldn't expect to use those beads for un-infused cigars later though.
  • jgibvjgibv John G.Posts: 9,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wayne's got the right idea. I've read some posts about this on other forums and they've all followed a similar setup as to what he suggested above ^^^^.

    The end results seem to vary quite a bit though....


    Echambers:
    ...I was interested in a comment about pickle infused cigars on another page.
    mmm....pickle flavored cigar....
    bet that would go great with a nice deli-sandwich and some crispy potato chips :-)
    think it would have a candela wrapper??

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  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,442 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I tried it once with Whiskey and a Beauty. The thing swelled up so bad I'm surprised it didn't bust. Swelled up right around the band. I put it in a Tupperware dish with a shot glass of whiskey befor I went to the boat. By the time I got home it had gone from a 60 ring gage to a 62. I didn't get as much flavor as I was expecting. I might try it again though but maybe with a slower process. Say a day or two at a time then rest then do it again off and on for a month or two. I've had one other whiskey infused stick and really liked the sweetness it gave to it.
  • EchambersEchambers B'Ham Posts: 4,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fascinating. I think I'm going to try a couple of experiments tonight when I get home.
    -- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go poke it with a stick."
  • chrisloldschrislolds TexasPosts: 435 ✭✭
    Echambers:
    Fascinating. I think I'm going to try a couple of experiments tonight when I get home.
    I see a future of BOTL's getting bombed with pickle infused cigars on april fools day..... thank god it's passed this year....
  • EchambersEchambers B'Ham Posts: 4,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
    chrislolds:
    Echambers:
    Fascinating. I think I'm going to try a couple of experiments tonight when I get home.
    I see a future of BOTL's getting bombed with pickle infused cigars on april fools day..... thank god it's passed this year....
    OMFG. That is brilliant.
    -- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go poke it with a stick."
  • chrisloldschrislolds TexasPosts: 435 ✭✭
    Echambers:
    chrislolds:
    Echambers:
    Fascinating. I think I'm going to try a couple of experiments tonight when I get home.
    I see a future of BOTL's getting bombed with pickle infused cigars on april fools day..... thank god it's passed this year....
    OMFG. That is brilliant.
    Everyone on the forum will hate me as "That newb that brought along the picklegar" hahahaa
  • wwhwangwwhwang Ottawa, ON, CanadaPosts: 2,878 ✭✭✭
    When Stan and I were hosting the Jigsaw games, one of the ideas was to infuse a cigar with soy sauce and have a victim smoke it to complete a challenge. Unfortunately, it would take months to prepare that.
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,503 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I had an old coffee bag that I put a few cigars in to try the coffee thing. It didn't really work. Smelled good for a while, then a little bitter (maybe the coffee oils were going bad? I dunno, but the cigar smoked as if nothing had happened to it.

    Maybe storing with whole beans for a while would work. I though that just residual oils from the bag would be enough.
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  • bert873bert873 Jackson, MOPosts: 2,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If you would use coffee do you have to worry about mold growing on the coffee after a while? I know I've found some old coffee cups that were growing things.
  • wwhwangwwhwang Ottawa, ON, CanadaPosts: 2,878 ✭✭✭
    Gray4lines:
    I had an old coffee bag that I put a few cigars in to try the coffee thing. It didn't really work. Smelled good for a while, then a little bitter (maybe the coffee oils were going bad? I dunno, but the cigar smoked as if nothing had happened to it.

    Maybe storing with whole beans for a while would work. I though that just residual oils from the bag would be enough.
    You may have to brew the coffee and let it evaporate in the container with the cigar you're infusing.
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,503 ✭✭✭✭✭
    wwhwang:
    Gray4lines:
    I had an old coffee bag that I put a few cigars in to try the coffee thing. It didn't really work. Smelled good for a while, then a little bitter (maybe the coffee oils were going bad? I dunno, but the cigar smoked as if nothing had happened to it.

    Maybe storing with whole beans for a while would work. I though that just residual oils from the bag would be enough.
    You may have to brew the coffee and let it evaporate in the container with the cigar you're infusing.
    That may work... I would worry about mold like bert said though. I may experiment on a couple cheapies.

    I am looking forward to the soysauce cigar, lol!
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  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,442 ✭✭✭✭✭
    wwhwang:
    Gray4lines:
    I had an old coffee bag that I put a few cigars in to try the coffee thing. It didn't really work. Smelled good for a while, then a little bitter (maybe the coffee oils were going bad? I dunno, but the cigar smoked as if nothing had happened to it.

    Maybe storing with whole beans for a while would work. I though that just residual oils from the bag would be enough.
    You may have to brew the coffee and let it evaporate in the container with the cigar you're infusing.
    I saw somewhere once where a fellow just used fresh ground beans in a container and put his cigars right in the there all mingled together.
  • ejgormanejgorman Monroe, WIPosts: 1,115 ✭✭✭
    Has anyone tried using the ground grains used to make beer? Not sure hops would be such a good combination, but malted barley might work.
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  • EchambersEchambers B'Ham Posts: 4,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ejgorman:
    Has anyone tried using the ground grains used to make beer? Not sure hops would be such a good combination, but malted barley might work.
    Spent grains or "fresh" grains
    -- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go poke it with a stick."
  • ejgormanejgorman Monroe, WIPosts: 1,115 ✭✭✭
    Echambers:
    ejgorman:
    Has anyone tried using the ground grains used to make beer? Not sure hops would be such a good combination, but malted barley might work.
    Spent grains or "fresh" grains
    Hadn't given it much thought to be honest, but I suppose you'd have to steep whatever you intended to use.
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  • jgibvjgibv John G.Posts: 9,263 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ejgorman:
    Has anyone tried using the ground grains used to make beer? Not sure hops would be such a good combination, but malted barley might work.
    These exist....there's a company that makes "craft beer cigars."
    Do a search for "HOPZ Cigar" .... you can find more info/reviews/etc. about them.

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