What to know about Curing and Storing Part – 2 of a 4-part series

Part 2 – Home Grow – Curing Home growers aren’t working with the large production volume that commercial growers are, and this gives them more flexibility in their cultivation, drying and curing process.  Home growers are much like small wine makers and have the opportunity to experiment with the entire cultivation process creating a product that is uniquely theirs.  Like commercial growers, home growers do have access to a wide variety of seed strains, nutrients, and hydroponic grow equipment that all impact the final product. However, the one step that is often overlooked by home growers is the curing process. When done properly, curing has a huge impact on the final product’s taste, character and smokeability. Think of curing as the final aging process, like that of a fine wine.  The product needs to be maintained at both an ideal temperature of about 65 to 70 degrees and a humidity level of approximately 63% R.H. to cure properly.  However, unlike wine, the product needs to be exposed to air on a regular and controlled basis to properly cure and avoid mold build-up.  This is called “burping”. The best way to ensure a proper cure is as follows: Ensure you start with a product that has gone through proper drying. Depending on what the outside relative humidity is in your area, you will typically dry for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  But most important, the product needs to have adequate moisture content remaining to cure properly….so don’t dry to long. Next selecting the correct curing container. The typical home grower will be using either 32 or...

What to know about Curing and Storing Part – 1 of a 4-part series

Part 1 – Curing…the most critical step in your cultivation process After spending months waiting for harvest, experienced cultivators know the most critical part of the process is still ahead…..curing. That’s right, curing is everything when it comes to achieving the optimal flavor, aroma, potency, and longevity of your buds. After the initial post-harvest drying phase of 1 to 2 weeks, there is still moisture in the buds and stems that need to be slowly removed over time. Dry to quickly at this point and your harvest will produce inferior, harsh, and stale product. Go too quickly into storage or packaging and you risk losing your entire harvest to dangerous mold. Curing is done immediately following initial drying. And it’s this slow “drying” process where many good things happen to produce an optimal product. Curing develops Terpenes that produce the unique flavor profile you’re looking for. The minerals and sugars that develop naturally during initial drying are broken down in curing, producing a smoother product. And curing is also the time when maximum potency is achieved. When your product goes through proper curing you will achieve an all-around superior product. But curing needs to be done correctly for all these good things to happen. Even though the need for curing is widely understood, the challenge most cultivators face is how to cost effectively control, manage, and automate the curing process. Once harvested and dried, product is placed in various size curing contains. From this point, curing typically becomes a manual and largely un-regulated process. With thousands of dollars of product in each curing container why risk producing an inferior...