I typically keep my sticks in a baggie with a water pillow over the winter months. Usually just a handful. This time of the year I stock up and re-season my humidor...I wipe it all down with distilled water then set a bowl of distilled water in there for a week.
While I did this I put my cigars and a jar of beads in a plastic bag. My hygrometer was reading 80+ so I tested the hygrometer with the salt test and it read high 70's...even after I turned it as far down as it would go.
Figured I'd just have to account for the higher reading so I put the cigars in the humidor that was now seasoned. I have two jars of beads in this 50 count humidor. Hygrometer was reading 60-61....which if you figure it is reading high to start with puts it in low to mid 50's...
Pulled the sticks and put in plastic baggie with one jar of beads. Re-seasoning the humidor right now but the plastic baggie is now reading 83%.
I have no idea what would be better..keep them in the baggie which seems high in humidity or the humidor which is low.
I guess to boil this down to a question would that seem off to have that high of a reading in the plastic bag with the beads in there and about 15-20 cigars? I do not like over humidifed cigars but I'm kind of questioning whether my hygrometer is reading correctly.
A lot of info here...the humidor is not a top end model but not bottom of the barrel either and it does not appear to have any leaks..