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How to Select the Right Cigars

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How to Select the Right Cigars
If you're ready to join the ranks of cigar smokers, here is how to get started. The first step is selecting the right cigars to "practice" with. You should start by choosing several different single cigars at your local tobacconist. Do not buy a box of cigars until you have sampled a few singles, first. Don't be afraid to ask the owner or manager for advice.


Choose Mild Cigars
Mild cigars are recommended for beginners, since the more full-flavored cigars would most likely taste too strong (or just plain bad) to a new smoker. Mild cigars are also the least expensive, so you won't have to worry about ruining an expensive cigar by lighting it incorrectly, or by cutting too much off the closed end.


Inspect the Cigar
Once you have determined which type of cigar(s) to purchase, then gently squeeze the cigar to determine if there are any hard or soft spots. You don't want to take a chance on buying a cigar with a bad draw, or worse yet, one that is plugged and not smoke able. Tip: Reputable tobacconists will usually replace a plugged cigar. Also, inspect the wrapper for cracks or discolorations.


Protect & Smoke
If you do not yet own a humidor, do not buy more cigars than you can smoke within a couple of days, and make sure to leave them in their cellophane packaging (if applicable) until you're ready to smoke. Never leave an unprotected cigar exposed to the elements, as it will quickly dry out. You can temporarily store cigars in a Tupperware or similar container.

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Habano Cigar Club's curator insight, February 10, 2017 12:25 PM
If you want to fully enjoy your smoking experience, consider a few basic premises:
1. Buy only original brand cigars from a reputable store.
2. Try several types of cigars to decide which one suits your taste.
3. Learn about the cigar making process to fully appreciate the experience.
4. Remember, cigar smoking is an adquired taste and it requires time to be fully appreciated.
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How to Choose a Humidor

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How to Choose a Humidor

Choosing a home for your cigars should be done with as much care as choosing a home, for yourself or your family. At this point you enjoy these wonderfully wrapped creations!!11 Don't you want your favorite and prized stogies to be safe and comfortable just like you are in your home?

1: Determine how many cigars you want to store in your humidor. Then, double that number. (Example: if you would like to store 25-50 cigars you want a humidor that will hold 50-100)This is where you want to start. You can always keep less in a larger space, but you cannot put more into a smaller space.

2: Now that you have a number to work with, do some homework. Seek out all the humidors you can that will accommodate, that number of cigars. For now, don't worry about prices, style, color or shape. Look at them all; get a feel for just how many different types there are.

3: Don't limit your search; Humidors are sold in many different places. Try department stores, specialty stores even online.

4: So, you have exhausted your search. You have basked in the glory, of many different types of Humidors. Now, it's time to start to narrow them down. Your first question should be, where will I keep my Humidor? Will it be in your office, your living room or maybe you have a recreational room you would like to display it in. Where you decide to keep it, is almost as limitless as the kinds of Humidors available.

5: There are essentially, three different types of Humidors. Table or desk top, free standing and full room. As a beginner, you may not want to consider a full room or walk-in type Humidor. If you are not a beginner, and are considering a walk-in. Go For It!!1

6: Take a moment to examine the area where you have decided to place your new Humidor. Notice the existing furniture, the colors and style you have chosen for this space. This is where you will drastically, start to narrow your choices. You don't want it to clash; rather you want it to blend in. You want to accentuate the current decor, with a new addition.

7: Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want. Let’s take a look, at some of the more important properties. Start with the seal, the seal is one of the most important properties of a humidor. Without a good seal, it will be nearly impossible to regulate the climate inside the Humidor. The easiest way to check a Humidors seal, is to lift the lid about three to four (3-4) inches, then release the lid and let it fall closed. It should make a "whoosh" sound. You'll know the sound when you hear it, trust me. If you do not hear a "whoosh" sound as it closes, you may want to try a different Humidor.

8: The liner of the humidor (the wood on the sides and bottom as well as any trays or dividers) is also very important. The liner in a quality Humidor will be made of Spanish cedar that has been kiln dried. It is kiln dried to remove any sap and moisture.

This is just some good basic infromation. Its better to have more room then not enough

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Cigars? Humidor Set-up & Humidor Upkeep

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If you are planning on keeping your cigars for longer than 1-2 weeks, you will need a humidor. Cigars must be kept below the maximum temperature of 73°F (23°C) and between 65-72% humidity. Ideal conditions are 70°F (21°C) and 70% humidity.

Proper cigar storage is crucial. If you do not store your cigars properly you may encounter some of the following problems: uneven or too rapid burn, harsh or bitter taste, broken wrapper, difficulty lighting or keeping the cigar lit, mold, and tiny holes in your cigars, a sign of tobacco beetle infestation.

When you first set up a humidor, you must check the humidity level at least every two weeks to ensure that the humidity does not vary. Once a month (more often in arid weather conditions) add a propylene glycol solution (recommended) or distilled water to the humidifier.

Once your humidor is stable and you have been taking care of it for a while, you will learn how long you can go without adding water or activation solution. You should never use tap water as it contains minerals and chlorine that can clog the humidifier’s pores and inhibit operation. Store your humidor in a cool, dry place to prevent mold growth. Avoid placing your cigars in direct sunlight. If the temperature and humidity get too high, cigars can develop a potentially damaging fungus or mold.

Another hazard of cigars stored in too hot or humid an environment is an infestation of worms called lacioderma. The worms lay eggs inside cigars and burrow out, forming tiny holes in the wrapper and metamorphosing into tiny, brown beetles. If you discover the presence of worm holes in your cigars, remove and destroy the affected cigars immediately, and then carefully inspect all the cigars in your humidor for signs of infestation.

Do not keep your cigars in the refrigerator as it will suck out the moisture content of your sticks. Freezing your cigars is an extreme measure to be used only in case of bug infestation at the risk of damaging the cigars (but getting rid of the bugs is a victory of its own!).

A humidor’s proper moisture and temperature must be created before storing cigars. To setup your humidor, follow these simple instructions:

Saturate the black plastic humidifiers with Propylene Glycol Activation Solution or distilled water. Dry off the surface of the humidifier and place on a towel for approximately one hour to make sure that no dripping occurs. Some people like to wipe the interior of the humidor with a damp cloth, if you do this make sure you use a clean, lint-free cloth dampened with distilled water and take care not to leave the surface wet. This step can be skipped if you are afraid of damaging the cedar interior, as may happen if the wood becomes too wet. If you subject raw wood to water it may swell, crack or otherwise become compromised.

Leave a damp sponge in the humidor resting on a plastic bag. Make sure there is no direct contact between the sponge and the humidor. Instead of a sponge you may also use a shot glass full of water. Attach the humidifiers and the hygrometer to the inside of the lid. Also, place the humidifiers in the bottom holders of the humidor if applicable.

Close the empty humidor for at least twelve hours or overnight. Open the humidor and remove the sponge and the plastic bag. Close the humidor. Your humidor is ready to store cigars when the hygrometer reads over 65%. This can take a few days or up to a week depending on various factors. When placing cigars in the humidor, make sure the cigars do not block the humidifier’s vents. To check if the hygrometer is reading correctly, use a Boveda Calibration Kit for accurate results.

If you want to practice a little chemistry, you can also use the salt method to test its calibration. This test is good though can be less accurate. You just need to: Place some salt in a bottle cap or small cup and dampen it with a few drops of water (without dissolving it). Carefully place the wet salt and the hygrometer inside a see-through container and close tightly. You can use a zip lock bag provided it seals well and you leave some air inside as well. Let it sit for at least 6 hours and note the reading on the hygrometer without opening the container. It should be exactly 75%, the difference is how much your hygrometer is off.

If needed, adjust the needle to 75% by turning the screw on the back. If you follow these instructions correctly you should have a stable humidor that will keep your cigars in perfect smoking conditions for a very long time.
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Small, cheap, accurate

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June 18, 2012
Quality Importers HygroSet II Round Digital Hygrometer for Humidors Reviews

Bought three (one for each room) + the calibration kit. Calibrated one, and then matched the other two to it. All were within 2% when they arrived, one needed no changes.

Adjusting them is hard, needed some trial and error. I used another meter as a control while I adjusted the first one.

They are very sensitive, touching them briefly will cause the temp and humidity readings to change, so I had to make a change, let it settle for a few minutes, and try again. It sure was cool seeing all three meters read exactly the same when I was done.

These meters are small, about 1.5″ across. Mine had stick-on magnets, and the magnet came unstuck after a few months. Pressing it back on has worked so far.

I tried several other (more expensive) consumer humidity meters under $50, and none even came close to the accuracy of these. Some claimed adjustability but they wouldn’t adjust at all. My previous one read low by about 6%, and some I tried were off by up to 10%. After that experience I will never use an uncalibrated humidity meter again.

I was worried I would have to buy one of those $100+ laboratory models to get an accurate reading, these guys came to my rescue.

Now my guitars are safe, my shower no longer has mold, and I don’t let it get too dry which promotes various infections (sinus and throat). I like around 55-60% relative, and slightly higher when I sleep.

Update: almost a year later, the stick-ons won’t stick back on anymore.

The cool part is all three of them still give identical readings, no recalibration seems to be needed, and the batteries haven’t run out yet either.



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Cigar 101

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                                   Cigar cutter and How to Cut a Cigar

Unlike many smoking products, premium hand rolled cigars are not exactly smoke ready right out of the package.  Because of the unique constriction of a premium hand rolled cigar, one of the ends of the cigar, the smoking end or butt, is closed.

Cutting a Cigar

In order to light and smoke the cigar, the closed end must be opened.  This can be done in various ways.  The most rudimentary way is to bite off the closed end of the cigar.  This is only recommended if no other tool is available.

Biting off the end of the cigar will cause damage to the structure of the cigar and will not likely be pleasant for the biting party either as they may get a mouth full of loose filler tobacco.   The suggested method is using a tool called a cigar cutter.

A cigar cutter is designed to lop off a piece of the butt of the cigar to enable lighting and smoking with no damage to the structural integrity of the cigar.

Types of Cigar Cutters

There are a lot of different kinds of cigar cutters out there.  The cutter that is most popular and most commonly used is a guillotine style cigar cutter.  A guillotine style cigar cutter can have either one or two blades.

Guillotine

The guillotine style cigar cutter and is used by placing a thumb in one outside hole and the fore finger in the other outside hole and opening the center cutter hole then holding the closed of the cigar in the center cutter hole and quickly squeezing the two cutter sides together with your thumb and forefinger.  The popularity of this type of cigar cutter can be attributed to its ease of use as well as its portability.


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