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Old 12-04-2012, 05:37 PM   #331
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I've been reading on that forum a lot lately though, thanks for the invite. You weren't lyin when you said there's plenty of great info there.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #332
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Unfortunately I still haven't. I got my 65 RH beads in then like an idiot wet them with tap water. Now I'm trying to figure out whether to dry the beads out or order more. I don't want to get those sticks moldy.... As for now their sitting at 70 RH but I wanted to try them when they were lower since that's what I see everyone keeps theirs at. Trust me though, I'm chomping at the bit to finally light one up. Just can't rush perfection.
Late into the party as I haven't been on much the last month or so...but, I think you are fine if you tap water your beads once...I'd let them dry out and then hit them with RO or distilled. As far as CC's, my opinion is to let them rest a month after getting off the "truck" at 60 or 65, whatever you like and dry boxing them some (especially if you keep your sticks at 65 like I do). I know many say CC's smoke better at 60 RH, but I really don't have experience with them as the gov'ment thinks that we need to have an embargo still (I'm pretty sure their is a breifing to incoming presidents as to why we still have an embargo on Cuba that involves Roswell, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11).
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:51 PM   #333
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I'm giving Punch another shot tonight. This is a Punch Elite, Ecuadorian wrapper. Hopefully it's a winner.
Punch Gran Cru #2 Pyramid has been my favorite Punch to date...but, I'm nicotine sensitive as I don't smoke often so its hard to enjoy some of the real heavy hitters that Punch can put out.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #334
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Cigars are something I've always enjoyed but its always on rare occasions. Now that I've been homebrewing I've had the desire to get into them more with the intent of pairing them with my beers. I brew a lot of stouts, porters and other darker brews which I always see people pairing with cigars. I have a roasty milk stout that's screaming to be paired with a good cigar.

A few cigars that I've had that stuck out to me and I actually remember are, rocky patel 10th anniversary, oliva v, Vegas 5, and I had a punch that I enjoyed but don't remember the name. I've had a few gurkhas, some good some I really wasn't impressed with. Don't really understand the hype myself but I'm not a big smoker so I think that disqualifies my opinion .

Could you pros suggest a few good sticks that would help get me into this? I don't have a good local shop but there's a great one about 45 minutes away I'm gonna make a trip down to soon.

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I've been reading on that forum a lot lately though, thanks for the invite. You weren't lyin when you said there's plenty of great info there.
Glad it is helpful, you should be able to dry out the beads pretty quick. One time tap water really won't hurt them.
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Late into the party as I haven't been on much the last month or so...but, I think you are fine if you tap water your beads once...I'd let them dry out and then hit them with RO or distilled. As far as CC's, my opinion is to let them rest a month after getting off the "truck" at 60 or 65, whatever you like and dry boxing them some (especially if you keep your sticks at 65 like I do). I know many say CC's smoke better at 60 RH, but I really don't have experience with them as the gov'ment thinks that we need to have an embargo still (I'm pretty sure their is a breifing to incoming presidents as to why we still have an embargo on Cuba that involves Roswell, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11).
I find I enjoy my cc's close to 68. The best known Cuban aficianados say that below 70 you can start to lose oils and damage the smokes over time.
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Glad it is helpful, you should be able to dry out the beads pretty quick. One time tap water really won't hurt them.
That makes me feel better because I've been unsure what to do.
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Could you pros suggest a few good sticks that would help get me into this? I don't have a good local shop but there's a great one about 45 minutes away I'm gonna make a trip down to soon.

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How did you handle the nicotine strength of the Oliva V? That's a great cigar, my friend gave me one and that's actually the stogie that turned me on to cigars.

Some similar to the V flavor wise and good pairings for your dark beers are....
Diesel Unholy Cocktail, Genesis The Project, La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor, San Lotano Maduro, Padron X000 series(I prefer the 4000), Alec Bradley Black Market, Tatuaje TAA, Undercrown, Liga Privada 9 or T52, Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial, La Dueña, Kristoff Original Maduro, and if you can handle a really strong smoke the Joya De Nicaragua 1970 Antaño(one of my personal favorites)

Any of those are good and should pair well too. The prices range from $3-$15.
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Does anyone else shop for cigars online? Over the last few years I had been getting everything from J&R in NJ because there's one right by my in-laws' house. But lately I've been shopping online at Cigars International. The deals are much better than J&R, and they have way more sampler packs, allowing me to try new stuff more often.

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Does anyone else shop for cigars online? Over the last few years I had been getting everything from J&R in NJ because there's one right by my in-laws' house. But lately I've been shopping online at Cigars International. The deals are much better than J&R, and they have way more sampler packs, allowing me to try new stuff more often.
If I buy online its from CI and smokeinn. DO NOT USE THOMPSONS lol.
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