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loe8studios started grow question 3 years ago
With harvest on the horizon I am stuck wondering about the best ways to dry and cure my harvest. I am going to use my tent for my drying. clip fan leaves off, hang in tent with no direct fan but circulation of air in dark? humidity low? temp? or try this Bag drying I heard of?
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11 comments · 3 years ago
Week 10
Techniques. Defoliation
Stick answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi @loe8studios! Yeah, hanging the stems upside down in your grow tent can be a perfect drying process! But you need to control your RH (~50%) and have a continuous temp (20-22°C / 68-72°F). Depending on your environment and weather conditions you might need to increase or decrease the relative humidity, you can use a mister (to increase) or a dehumidifier (to decrease), be warned that a good dehumidifier is quite expensive. I personnaly use a DIY drying box made out of cardboard, something like this - Be very careful about your drying process, check your buds everyday and don't rush it or you will ruin your final product. Too-long drying on the other hand can lead to mold/bud-rot issues, this is why a daily inspection is more than required. About the trimming, I usually remove only the big fan leaves, and let the sugar leaves around the buds, because they're full of trichomes and will re-cover your buds when drying. This helps in protecting the buds for a long curing (5 to 10 weeks depending on your environment) and gives you more green happiness in the end. Then, put everything in jars for the curing process (grandma's glass jars are perfect), keep on watching the buds everyday, mold can corrupt and destroy your product very quickly, you just need to open the jars 5mins everyday and move the buds for a close inspection + air freshening. Finally, act as a cooker with its fresh products : try a bit of your product whenever you think it's ready, your smoker's skills will help in setting up the perfect curing process! Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and enjoy your harvest :facepunch:
HighTV answered grow question 3 years ago
Hey there @loe8studios! I actually do this exact same thing! Once the plants have finished their final flush I chop them into large branches (12 inches at least) and hang them upside down inside the tent with the light off obviously. I keep the airflow going but avoid directly blowing on the plants because it will dry them out to fast. The #1 thing is to prevent mold by not letting the moisture build up to much! This is really you #1 job Do Not Ignore This - Stop mold... As long as you are maintaining humidity levels you can dry the plants as slow as you want! Personally when using the tent method I dry for 3-5 if I take the fan leaves and 5-7 if I left them on. Remember - you can make this process take a whole month as long as you prevent humidity from causing mold. The slower you dry the plants the better the results will be! I highly suggest trying to maintain a humidity around 50-55% while drying if you find yourself getting higher than this you MUST increase airflow to reduce humidity or risk mold! I hope this helps resolve your question - drying in the tent is as simple as you think just prevent mold :sunglasses:
Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
Hanging the buds to dry is the most accepted way of drying them up; you could also put them in a cardboard box with newspaper. The dry weight will be around 20% of the wet weight. As for curing, put them in jars and open them daily for 30 minutes, at least for the first two months, then open them weekly.
DasBoof answered grow question 3 years ago
hey man ! the home stretch is the most important thing, curing is critical because it's the process where the cannabis' chemicals turn into THC. First of all - no light during the chop + cure ! very important as the light damages the terpenes (flavour) and reduces the THC produced during the cure. You want to time it just right, with your relatively low RH you want to chop 2 days after the last watering , hang the plant whole probably anywhere between 5 to 7 days, or until the little popcorn buds down the branch snap off audibly. Paper bags and drying racks put thing at risk of mold and kind of mush the buds. air circulation while drying is good, but accelerates the drying and that's actually not great, maybe less air circulation than normal, and certainly not directly pointed at the plant. Basically you want the slowest possible drying (the coffeeshops dry for 2 weeks !) , that ideally means low temperatures of 16-17°C and a high RH or 60%. for home growers like us we're actually able to get tip top results by jarring them. that means manicuring the buds so they look nice and putting them in mason jars. I use miron glass jars because i noticed a very positive results in how the trykes dry when inside those. Remember two important things : the cure starts immediately at the chop and the cure ends when the buds reach 50% humidity. To keep the humidity up you can use boveda packs, some folks dont like it, but i didn t ever notice anything bad with them. Anyway once jarred you want to "inspect" the weed daily, removing it completely from the jar, having a look-see and jarring them back up. Second week i put the bovedas in and inspect them daily. Third week i inspect them twice or three times that week, fourth week to sixth week i only inspect them weekly. Does a longer cure help ? oh yes it does. Can it go longer than six weeks... theoretically yes, but i cant seem to make my stash last that long lol. Hope this helps bro ! :rocket:
OutForReal answered grow question 3 years ago
Hello ! Your idea is good , hang them in the tent with your fan not blowing straight on them , your air input and output as usual , 40% of RH is ok (50% recommended ) , in the dark like you said , temps between 18 and 22 °C . The bag could be a good idea but your setup is ok so no need for it. I hope it will help you :grin::+1: