you dont want you bags sealed “airtight”. Think of the curing process like the ripening of a banana. There is a set time (assuming all variables are correct) when the banana ripens from a tough, tart apparatus to a sweet fruit.
SO, if in sealed bags, you want to put it in an area you can control the temperature, lighting (no light) and humidity. Too fast a dry or too fast a cure will not yield what you want…that pungent smell and rich smooth taste. Advanced Nutrients has the following:
These are the ideal environmental conditions and the ideal timeline for drying:
Day 1 — 3:65 degrees and 55% humidity
Day 4 — 6:70 degrees and 50% humidity
Day 7 — 10’ish: 73–75 degrees and 45% humidity, until they pass the snap test.
Step 1: After your buds are properly dried, you’ll put them inside your turkey bags. Again, you can use Mason jars, but turkey bags work so well because they’re clear and large enough to hold more than a pound of buds. They also breathe a little better than Mason jars allow.
Whatever you use, you’ll only want to fill the container about 75 percent of the way, leaving a little room for air because it helps break up sugars and byproducts that are released from the breakdown of chlorophyll in the buds as part of the curing process. This is what makes for a smoother product.
TIP: Do not stuff the buds in. You want them loosely stacked. You don’t want to deform or crush them and you need air/space around them. Leaving a quarter of your container empty toward the top will help make sure you follow this tip.
Put the lid on the jar or seal the bag and place in a cool, dark place.
Step 2: If you’re using a hygrometer, then you can put it inside your bags to measure the humidity and temperature. The ideal environment for curing is around 70°F (21°C), with 50–60 percent humidity. If you’re operating in anything more than a moderate climate, it’s a good idea to measure the temps and humidity in this manner.
Step 3: For about 1–2 weeks, you’ll want to check your buds at least daily for mildew and mold (or even many times per day if you think they may still be too wet).
You’ll also want to “burp” your buds. This involves taking them out of your container to inspect them, then putting them back in after you’ve removed any that seem to have problems. Changing their position in the container like this should help them cure more uniformly. You don’t have to keep them out long; just long enough to inspect them and let them air out a bit.
Step 4: After two weeks or so, you only need to open the curing containers about once per week, not daily. The longer you cure them this way, the better the buds up to about six months. Any longer and you probably won’t improve the quality much more. You can always sample small amounts during your curing process to see if you think your product is ready for market.