|01-02-2003, 10:09 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Spotsylvania VA &Naperville IL
FOG Advise... or FAQs with attitude... or how to coolerdor
What qualifies me? 24 coolers, 7 humidors and multiple years of storing cigars with every mistake having been made... and survived...
First: R-e-l-a-x - cigars rarely call the IRC when they are abused.
1. Trust your senses as much or more than any gauges... a well stored cigar has a smell, feel/touch, look and sounds that are different from either over or under humidifed cigars - learn them and trust your senses. I have very few gauges and the ones I have I use to track trends, not absolutes.
2. Some cigars smell like crap - really. And it is a good thing.
3. Temps and humidities are ranges not absolutes. If you like the way a cigar tastes then trust that and accept that. So what if it was at 73 degrees and 62.9%?
4. Coolers work very well (Iglooidors, Colemanidors, coolerdors) - so do tupperware, rubbermade, sterilte, they are tighter sealing and not temp resistant, though - so open regularly and think cool places in the summer.
4a. buy one, clean it out with soap/water, rinse, dry
4b. use old cigar boxes for storage - cedar is overkill (and Spanish Cedar trees aren't as common as they once were)
4c. humidification is easy - floral foam (there are 2 kinds - one is DRY - avoid t!) or a sponge (get the ones treated to resist microbe growth). Put the material in a plastic container - those chinese carryout containers work, so do the disposable thngs from Glad, or rubbermade, or....
4d. dampen sponge/foam with 50/50 PG/Water - then remoisten when it dries with water (distilled prefered).
4e. place cigars in cooler
4f. open once a week or so to let air in/out
4g. relax - you can adjust humidity as needed
5. there are no absolutes in cigars - trust your own senses
6. expert is a term given too easily and has little value to you
7. opinions are commonplace
Thank you. Now go enjoy a cigar.
"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own." - Nelson Algren