I chopped my plants 5 days ago and they are hanging in the tent with a humidifier. I’ve been keeping my RH around 50-62. Last night, it ran out of water and the RH was 30! The sugar leaves are crunchy and the buds feel dry. I’m so worried that all my hard work is ruined. I threw water in the humidifier and cranked it up to 3.
Am I too late? The stems are still just bending and not snapping. I really was hoping for 10-14 days for dry time.
The outsides of the buds may have gotten a little dry but if the stems still have moisture in them then they will draw in some of the moisture. Is there a fan blowing on them or alot of air moving.
Once you jar them, you can grab the boveda humidity packs to put into the jars. I recommend getting the 58% or the 62% packs.
Awesome! I have the 62% boveda packs. There is an exhaust fan going and I turned it down. It was on high so I believe that didn’t help at all. Thank you for the answer.
Yeah keep it low. You want air moving but not like when your growing. You want that low and slow drying process to break down the chlorophyll. I’m sure it smells like fresh cut hay or grass right now. So my advice is, dont jar your weed until it gets back that dank weed smell.
I keep a supply of Sterilite clear totes with lids to help during the drying process. At some point when I am getting close I put all plant material in one tote with a small hygrometer and seal over night. I can then check the actual moisture content and make any changes to the drying process as it gets close. I use those totes along with a fan and the lid cocked to increase/decrease airflow over plant material too which works spectacularly well. Old school paper grocery bags work as well and you can even weigh the plant material as it dries to see how much moisture is coming off of it.
I don’t do longterm storage in plastic. This is just a drying technique and is in no closer proximity to BPA’s etc than they were in the nylon racks lol. But paper bags work almost as well.
I was thinking that after posting - short term like you said but thought it’d still be a good reading point on storage, for anyone following along.
Oh I agree. That said: we stored alcohol in Homers for years without worries. Some plastics are far less likely to outgas bad stuff: I remember reading a post from @willd about having to store his flower in Home Depot buckets: that’s a GOOD thing haha!
One comment if using the paper bag method for drying.
To avoid inconsistent moisture levels of different paper bags (yes they HAVE different moisture levels), I turn on a warming drawer in my oven for about 30 minutes, place my paper bags in the drawer, and about 30 minutes later the bag(s) emerge 10 to 15 grams lighter than when they went in. I write the weight of the bags in grams on each bag before/after drying them in the oven. I then put the “green” harvest inside, and hang the closed paper bag below a ceiling fan in a dark room. I measure the combined weight of everything every couple of days.
I DO like the suggestions about using hygrometers - THANKS!!!