The boveda packs, I wouldn’t use them during dry and cure. Get the buds to the right humidity (62ish) without them. I stopped using them as I do notice it alters the taste and smell as well, absorbs and releases odor, specially the longer they are kept around and recharged and reused. No more boveda for me.
Curious on the trimming at harvest also, I do a wet trim then hang to dry in 45-60rh till stems snap but dont break… jar it w a little humidity meter(Amazon) if it goes over 60 I pull it out and dry it more… me personally only…like a 50-58% on a constant in the jars, then I add the 58%pack to keep it there or bring it to there. Burp 2 -3 times day for a week 15 mins each and from there there opened enough once a week …smell has always gotten better and it seems to get a but tastier also… I dont like the taste of the leaf left on the bud… again …just me so I trim at harvest before dry, then freeze it for making hash.
I agree, ditch boveda until buds are cured. You also may be drying a little too long. Drying off a week plus is normal in summer, but in my climate that’s too long in the winter. It’s just too damn dry here.
60% is good. Your wondering about the hay smell I guess… I guess only time will tell. Did ya pit peels or anything in with them? How’s it smoke though, good stuff? Is this the thread where someone smoked and said it was better before it was jarred and curing made it worse?