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Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by david8613, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. david8613

    david8613 Well-Known Member

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    how do you store your herb? I just throw my stuff in dark colored ball jar, keep it in a cool, dark place. I see some people using packs to keep the herb at the right moisture level? is it really necessary?
     
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  2. shredder

    shredder Well-Known Member

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    Using humidity packs is not necessary.

    Unless you want hassle free hydrated buds that keep for months and months.

    In the past I've used fan leaves, apple or orange peels, but humidity packs work better.
     
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  3. FlyingLow

    FlyingLow Team NO SLEEP!

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    Jyarz.
    CVault.
    Boveda 62%.

    Necessary?
    That depends entirely on YOU!

    How much are you storing?
    How fast are you plowing through it?
    What is the condition when received (fresh, cured, etc)?
     
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    darbarikanada Well-Known Member

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  5. FlyingLow

    FlyingLow Team NO SLEEP!

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    Unless you are an expert- I STRONGLY ADVISE NOT TO STORE IN FREEZER!!!!

    In theory, it works wonderfully and will provide arguably the best method of preservation.

    In reality, people that do not have a great understanding of plants and moisture tend to RUIN their buds by putting in the freezer. If you go down this road, one better fucking know how to deal with moisture from your buds and have a plan for keeping the molds and rot out.

    IMO for noobs, advise airtight, no light, dry storage. You can always add moisture later with a boveda and not have worry of mold.
     
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  6. david8613

    david8613 Well-Known Member

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    but I read somewhere the trichomes fall off if you freeze and its not really recommended. I heard about the orange peels and I tried it once with some herb that was very dry and white stuff started growing on it, I still have it but i am planning on throwing it away because I have no clue what those white things are.
     
  7. FlyingLow

    FlyingLow Team NO SLEEP!

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    That is mold David... that is likely mold.
     
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  8. david8613

    david8613 Well-Known Member

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    thanks I figured, to the garbage it goes right? nothing you can do with that?
     
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  9. OldNewbie

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    It depends.

    For example, the article @darbarikanada might be useful if you're saving it for a very long time. But, short-term use where you're pulling the jar in and out of the freezer every day is not going to keep the flower at a high-quality level. (It will probably get wet/mouldy from condensation and you might get more kief if the trichomes are more likely to snap from the cold.)
     
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  10. Squiby

    Squiby Well-Known Member

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    After drying and curing, I store my bud in a cool dry dark cupboard in vacuum sealed mason jars that include an oxygen pack and a bodeva pack. The oxy pack may be overkill but when I open the jars and hear the whoosh as the vacuum seal breaks and the oxy pack inside remains soft, I am reassured that my bud is being held in optimal conditions.

    I've kept bud for several years with no evidence of deterioration. I also use this approach with all manner of dehydrated produce from the garden. Cheap, easy and effective method.

    I use a Food Saver mason jar sealer. You need the vacuum and the lid attachment for a regular or wide mouth Masson jar.

    https://www.amazon.ca/FoodSaver-FCA...s=Food+saver&qid=1565625584&s=gateway&sr=8-30

    https://www.amazon.ca/FoodSaver-FSF...ld+Food+saver&qid=1565625685&s=gateway&sr=8-5

    These are the oxygen packs that I use. They absorb any residual oxygen from the sealed mason jar and ensures an oxygen free environment.

    https://www.amazon.ca/Oxy-Sorb-100-Pack-Oxygen-Absorber-100cc/dp/B00A2ME6N8/ref=sr_1_41?crid=288RT3K0960GR&keywords=food+saver+mason+jar+sealer&qid=1565625303&s=gateway&sprefix=Food+saver+m,aps,280&sr=8-41
     
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  11. ginolicious

    ginolicious Well-Known Member

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    I leave mine in mason jars lol in my basement bathroom that isn’t too warm or too cold.

    This bathroom isn’t finished yet. So it don’t get used haha.
     
  12. Madri-Gal

    Madri-Gal Child Of The Revolution

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    Thanks, @Squiby . I just ran to put these things in my cart.
     
  13. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    Mason jars, Boveda pack (for SURE), in dark cabinet kept reasonably cool.
     
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  14. vapenerd

    vapenerd Well-Known Member

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    Short-term: Jyarz, no boveda.
    Long-term: Mason jar + boveda 62% + dark box in the basement.
     
  15. SatanLovestoVape

    SatanLovestoVape Well-Known Member

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    I personally use a Re:stash jar with a boveda 58% pack. It is basically an overprice mason jar with a silicone sleeve, but the company is awesome.
     
  16. Ramahs

    Ramahs Fucking Combustion (mostly) Since February 2017

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    I use C-Vaults, with Boveda Packs as well as oxygen eater packs (I don't remember the brand of the oxygen eaters), and I keep them in an area of the house that always stays the coolest.

    Light, Heat, and Oxygen are the terrible killers that degrade your herb. Control/Limit those, and your herb can last years.

    Oxygen is some nasty volatile shit for real. It degrades everything it comes in contact with.
    It once killed off 99% of the life on this planet, and it was responsible for Earth's first massive extinction. It's such a reactive chemical.
     
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  17. david8613

    david8613 Well-Known Member

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    another question does it matter if most of the jar is empty? or should the herb fill jar to the top? because I have a half ounce in ball jar, but I would say it about a quarter of the way full, not even half way. what percentage of boveda pack is recommended?
     
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  18. Brewervapesalot

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    If the weed is fully cured, fill the jar, add bovida pack (and I like the idea of the O2 absorber) and keep cool.

    Freezer is okay, without bovida packs, but three downsides: freezer space; humidity is created, and gets into the jar, by taking weed in and out of freezer; and trichomes do get more brittle, much falls off, and much of the trichomes that fall off stick to the side of jar.
     
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  19. Ramahs

    Ramahs Fucking Combustion (mostly) Since February 2017

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    I agree with what @Brewervapesalot said above, about the freezer making your trichomes fall off. Is no bueno. No need for freezer.

    As little empty space full of air as possible is best...due to what I said about Oxygen being a nasty little degrader. However, as long as you are using humidity control (Boveda packs is what most of us use for that), it really depends on how long-term you plan to store. If we are talking about a few months or less, then your quarter-full jar will be ok. If we are talking about much longer than a few months, then a proper-size jar that leaves less room for extra air is better, and using oxygen-absorber packs along with your Boveda packs is best.

    Basically, the ideal storage is in a airtight and lightproof container, with as little empty-space as possible in the container, with humidity control packs and oxygen absorber packs, in a cool-temp controlled space in the house. If you use proper airtight storage, the oxygen absorbers doing their job will create a negative-pressure seal and you will feel and hear the "pop" when you break the seal and open the lid. Do it right and you can store for at least a couple years, and probably more.
     
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  20. AJS

    AJS Calm Consistency

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    I store it in my lungs! In vapor form!
    Muaha.
     
  21. JCat

    JCat Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    Highly recommend a cigar fridge ... they are super awesome for this ... :)

    I have the NewAir CC-100 (that in combination with glass jars and boveda packs)
     
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  22. Brewervapesalot

    Brewervapesalot Well-Known Member

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    If you're up for spending another $150, probably pretty easy to run a nitrogen or CO2 line, from a compressed tank, into that fridge. Just purge the fridge each time you open/close it. 20 pound nitrogen or CO2 tank would last a damn long time just purging that small space and shutting it off.
     
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  23. audiodelic

    audiodelic ... Bom Bhole !

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    Good info ... ive been using boveda in c vaults, now switching to integra boost
     
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  24. Ramahs

    Ramahs Fucking Combustion (mostly) Since February 2017

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    What caused you to switch?
     
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  25. Ramahs

    Ramahs Fucking Combustion (mostly) Since February 2017

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    What's different about Boveda vs Integra Boost?
    Is Integra different in some way?
     
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