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OneillnOneilln Posts: 37 ✭✭✭
edited July 2023 in Cigar 101

Before I start, yes I’ve tried looking at the hundreds of posts about humidors. I couldn’t find my issue. So here’s another post about humidity and humidors from a beginner. I have a 50ct humidor with an analog hydrometer calibrated using the wet paper towel and also the salt method last year. Probably about 30 cigars in there at the moment. Hydrometer is showing 80% and the Humicare power stick is completely dry.

The room it’s in has an air conditioner in it soooooo I would think it would be removing moisture from the air, thus making it normal or a slightly less humid environment than normal. Time for recalibration? Normal fluctuation? 80% way too high for the mixed collection of cigars?
I live in the north east so temps and weather are pretty typical, nothing crazy. It’s been staying at 80% for the last week or so.

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    YaksterYakster Posts: 25,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ditch the Humicare power stick and ignore the analog hygrometer and buy 65% Boveda packs.

    Do the cigars feel squishy?

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    OneillnOneilln Posts: 37 ✭✭✭

    @Yakster said:
    Ditch the Humicare power stick and ignore the analog hygrometer and buy 65% Boveda packs.

    Do the cigars feel squishy?

    Still feel stiff. During the winter and spring months the humidity stays around 70%

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    Rdp77Rdp77 Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What’s a hygrometer

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    peter4jcpeter4jc Posts: 15,549 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Rdp77 said:
    What’s a hydrometer

    It's used in brewing to check the alcohol.

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    ShawnOLShawnOL Posts: 8,551 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2023

    Analog hygrometer are garbage. Boveda is your friend. Use a bigger one than you think you need. Try 65% bovedas, they're 2-way. Lots of air space in your humidor just requires fore humidity to keep proper rh. In this case, your humidor sounds like it was over-seasoned. Let it air out for a day or two.

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    VegasFrankVegasFrank Posts: 16,872 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't look ↑
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    Rdp77Rdp77 Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks Frank

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    OneillnOneilln Posts: 37 ✭✭✭

    @ShawnOL said:
    Analog hygrometer are garbage. Boveda is your friend. Use a bigger one than you think you need. Try 65% bovedas, they're 2-way. Lots of air space in your humidor just requires fore humidity to keep proper rh. In this case, your humidor sounds like it was over-seasoned. Let it air out for a day or two.

    I haven’t seasoned it in several months and it was staying around 70% prior to this weeks spike. Out of curiosity, why 65% packs? I thought it was a general consensus that about 70 was the sweet spot?

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    OneillnOneilln Posts: 37 ✭✭✭

    @VegasFrank said:

    For some reason I never thought to pick one up on Amazon, might have to add that to my cart

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    Rdp77Rdp77 Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Oneilln said:

    @ShawnOL said:
    Analog hygrometer are garbage. Boveda is your friend. Use a bigger one than you think you need. Try 65% bovedas, they're 2-way. Lots of air space in your humidor just requires fore humidity to keep proper rh. In this case, your humidor sounds like it was over-seasoned. Let it air out for a day or two.

    I haven’t seasoned it in several months and it was staying around 70% prior to this weeks spike. Out of curiosity, why 65% packs? I thought it was a general consensus that about 70 was the sweet spot?

    65rh is a good area to be in because the old myth about 70/70 is bullshit. That came about because that’s an average of what conditions are like in the areas where most cigars come from; however, at 70/70 you are approaching the domain that you are inviting mold and beetles. Granted, beetles are for the most part a thing of the past, but they are still somewhat of a threat. Mold is a real threat and can cause you all kinds of headaches. Keeping a slightly lower rh reduces the risks of each and most of all…your sticks will smoke better.

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