posted on Jan, 25 2017 @ 02:09 AM
originally posted by: anonentity
a reply to: TheRedneck
If the plant is allowed to dry slowly and naturally the sugars in the leaf slowly ferment...
Yeah, and that's where the 'yuck' thing kicks in. Depending on the moisture content and the leaf you're curing, they sort of drip tobacco pus looking
crap all over the barn while they're going through the 'juicy' stage. It makes a mess of things that can be really tough to clean up later and it
gives the 'baccy barn a sort of...atmosphere that's unique.
We never grew it ourselves because it takes a significant investment in space, buildings and equipment and it can be tricky to do (you really need God
to give you a break at times, weather wise, getting it up, curing it, and taking it down). However, we had neighbors that did and we had to all turn
out to help because although you often GET that break, it doesn't last long and you need all hands on deck when the time's right.
However, I often wondered why there wasn't a sort of 'tobacco co-op' for pipe and cigar smokers sort of like the farmers that will raise you a
personal cow on grass and do all the work up to the butchering and send you the meat on a truck. If you had one of the old guys who really knows the
tobacco biz, got them to raise the basic plants you need to make a good tobacco and wrapper leaf, raised it with minimal toxic sprays on good ground,
cured it the old fashioned way and added in the usual crap you need to make a decent pipe or cigar tobacco but no more (the flavoring stuff can be
pretty innocent, lemons, cocoa powder and the like, and not very much at that, unless you want something real sugary), you could cask that stuff up
and sell it at an outrageous price. The customers could buy in at the start of the season and divvy up the output at the end, with the farmer making
out like a bandit.
You could even expand it to specialty flavoring tobaccos like Latakia or Perique, with one guy doing the quirky stuff. It wouldn't take a lot of bulk
of that stuff to do the job for all the co-ops.
Organic dip would probably sell, too. Copenhagen's got all sorts of odd crap in like ammonia. That can't be good for you.