So I know this has been a topic of many forums and even recent discussions with computerized curing products.
After trying multiple curing vessels, moisture packs, environmental conditions, curing machines and some even fairly bizarre experiments that I m not necessary proud of I am back to good old fashion burping containers.
I want to see what @mastergrowers have for strategies out there.
I’ll share with you, my dry time is 14 days and that’s just because I only have 14 days before the next harvest rolls through. After I shuck into Ziploc plastic bins (I know , I know) I still experience dry back. only about a full percentile but it defiantly shows in the aroma.
Now comes burping and letting the bins sit open. Depending on the moisture content I will leave the bins open for a couple of hours or less. After doing a dance that resembles a south American maraca shaker getting his grove on, I close up the bins and they sit in darkness at 55% RH and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I do that once a day for 40 days until it is trimmed, packaged and sent to the vault for sale.
On a much smaller scale of only 30 to 40 pounds a month I used to “burp” my jars everyday for the first few weeks until moisture levels stabilized. After about two weeks the jars would be opened every other day for a week and finally as weeks progressed they got opened less frequently and for shorter amounts of time.
Now with 200+ pounds a month that process is a little more time consuming. I don’t use glass because of possible safety issues, labor factors and proper space for thousands of jars ( even if they are the biggest you can buy) cVaults have posed as an issue because multiple complaints from customers their product smells metallic. The plastic bins work because of the volume they hold and you can stack them.
So what’s next? My product does have a nice cure and I’m not complaining I’m just looking to see how we can progress with this “Broscience/art/real science?” of a curing method.