I am still testing the best time to add these as wellI'm still experimenting with them a little. I like to have it in a 'ready to cure' state of dryness before adding adding them to the jars but I'm experimenting to find if fully curing first is better. I've also been experimenting with freeze curing which has diverted my interest.
I'm convinced they are good for long term storage but don't expect them to work if you start with too much moisture or too little in the product to being with.
Why are they not necessary when vacuum sealingFrom Boveda: https://bovedainc.com/question/how-long-does-boveda-last-3/
" How long does Boveda last for cannabis and hemp?
Boveda will last from 2 to 6 months depending on your cannabis/hemp container and its surrounding environment. In its original packaging, Boveda has a two-year shelf life."
"More exposure to air means it has to work harder ( https://bovedainc.com/how-to-use-boveda-for-cannabis/ )"
In other words, they don't like exposure to oxygen. They will only last a few hours on your kitchen table. They will last much longer in a full jar than a half empty jar. Source: My experience with them and info on their website.
I keep a Boveda pack and a hydrometer in every jar that is not either vacuum sealed or in the freezer. No need for them if your jars/containers are vacuum sealed or frozen. For me, they last up to 2 years "depending on your cannabis/hemp container and its surrounding environment." The 'variables' involved in that last sentence will depend on how long your pack lasts. No scientific experiments, just my observations and recordings after 4 continuous years using them . Your mileage may vary. A lot.
My wallet appreciates you!!!@curious101 asked: "Why are they not necessary when vacuum sealing"
A good vacuum seal(er) will remove ALL the gases(most importantly oxygen) in a container. This limits the amount of molecular activity that can take place in the container, such as drying out, decay, etc. That is why vegetables and meat will stay fresh for a year or two(or longer in a freezer). The Boveda pack contains some air and water and therefore has hydrogen, oxygen, and other gases in it so you don't have a true vacuum in the container. While I don't think it will affect it much, still, something that costs a couple dollars is being used where it is not needed.
In summary, you spend money on a vacuum sealer, you take the time to remove gases like hydrogen and oxygen from the container, then you put a Boveda pack that contains hydrogen and oxygen back into the container. That is why Boveda packs are not necessary when vacuum sealing.
Sweating. Provides a microclimate in a slower drying environment. With delicate sativas, I guage how long on the line before they become a crispy wisp. Paperbags aids in drying the inside of the bud without excessive drying of the outside- a more uniform dry. I find they cure better in the bottle and don't go to ammonia and hops as quickly. It is an option depending on environmental conditions i.e. winter vs summer and changing humidity levels.Seems a lot of people use paper bags as part of the process
What’s the reasoning
Do you mean vacuum seal?I always use them.
After the initial cure and burping I seal lid or packet and 9-16 months later still perfect.
You can reuse them by soaking them in distilled water but always use distilled water.
If you are a perfectionist toss in a WiFi rh meter and you’ll always know the RH content without opening or breaking seal.