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The Drymistat does its job exactly as it should. Other reviewers have more experience, so I defer to them for details of effectiveness. By the way, the thickness of the tube is ~the same as a cigar tube, and it is 5.5" in length. The instructions advise placing it in the center of the humidor.
There is perhaps some understandable confusion because the instructions could be written better, and that is why a few reviewers had problems with leaking: "Some evaporation may occur while sitting on the shelf. Remove wrapper. Add plain tap water to the Fill line. Put perforated cap on tube and wait for water to be absorbed. . . . A mixture of Propylene Glycol and water has been specially formulated and initially charged into the crystals."
When you receive the Drymistat, pop the cap and take out a crystal. You'll notice it is moist. This is the "initial charge" referred to, and the amount of moisture will depend upon, as the instructions say, how long the item has been sitting in inventory. The instructions mention that the tube has microscopic pores which permit moisture to pass thru; this is why there can be evaporation. All that's required is to add a small amount of water - if necessary - to the fill line and then leave the tube upright with the second perforated cap on, until that water is absorbed by the crystals, which is pretty quickly. Turn the tube upside down and gently shake it or very gently squeeze it, and any excess water will come out. Now place in humidor and there won't be any leaking. The crystals will shrink as the water transfers to your absorbent cigars or whatever. Refill when crystals shrink below the lower line on the tube. That's all there is to it.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2011 8:44:37 AM PST
Jaime Esper says:
Thanks for the informative instructions, I am new to this product and was struggling to figure out how to use it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 10:18:27 AM PDT
Alamillo 55 says:
Same here, New to the Product and needed something I dont have to babysit. But Im stilled puzzeld, Do I need to un wrapp all my cigars for this to work Properly?
In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2013 8:44:40 AM PDT
The Truth says:
I was also unsure of this, did some reading and asking around, and it's pretty much up to you how you want to store your cigars. Some people leave them in cellophane, or even the tubes some cigars come in. Others remove everything and store their cigars naked. To prevent mingling of flavors, you may want to keep the cellophane on. I remove the cellophane from the one I smoke the most, and keep it on for any others. I also remove them from the tubes as I don't think they're as porous as cellophane. Happy smokin!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013 9:17:08 PM PST
The Logical Purveyor says:
To add to this post.
From the research I came across it's advised to not remove the cellophane from "flavored" or "infused" cigars such as Acids due to the oils in them dissipating gradually over time and the wrapper helps slows this process, they can still absorb moisture inside the humidor as well as the cellophane is "porous".
If you are storing "flavored" cigars try to keep them separate from each other in the humidor as the flavors can mingle. DO NOT store flavored cigars in the SAME humidor as non-flavored cigars as this can corrupt the unique flavor of your classic cigars even if they're not touching, the humidor can also absorb some of these flavors over time and you can affect the non-flavored after they're gone, depends on length of storing such cigars/number/time.
If you have multiples of a specific cigar then storing them naked, and touching, is recommended as the flavors will "marry" over time and also allow the cigar to "breathe". Flavored cigars do not need to be aged as they slowly lose their flavor over time and that's not really what you want if you bought it for that reason in the first place. Generally aging mellows out the flavor and aroma and is recommended for more robust cigars, though aging mellow cigars still has a distinct effect.
Aging Time and Effects- taken from (https://www.cigaranado.com/blog/tips-for
3 Weeks - Aging a cigar for three weeks is going to stabilize the mechanical tensions and the moisture of the cigar.
3 Months - Aging cigars for three months is going to allow the oils in the cigars to naturally dissipate. This is what causes the flavors of your cigars to begin to mellow and "marry" with one another.
1 Year- Aging at least a year will allow the cigar to obtain a significantly mellow flavor and more complex taste. (Recommended minimum time to get the most out of the majority of your cigars)
3 Years - This will allow the complex chemical processes found in cigars to begin the true process of aging, creating the deep rich layers of flavor and complexity. (More robust cigars will benefit greatly)
To Age or Not to Age-
Aging a bad cigar will not make it better. Factory cigars and bundled cigars take more time to age than higher quality cigars as they most likely haven't sat around as long and are still "green". Some cigars will improve with age while others may not have much of a difference. It's a personal preference when the cigar is "ready", taste test after your desired length and see how it changes. Some cigars will only age to a certain extent after a certain time period, which can be half a year, where others will age beautifully for even 20 years.
DISCLAIMER/end note- I am not an expert, simply a young cigar aficionado who has done research over the course of a few weeks in hopes of having the best possible collection of properly stored and aged cigars to enjoy at their full potential on celebratory occasions. All information is taken from cigar "expert" websites, sellers, and generally accepted opinions with paraphrasing. I hope this condensed guide helps some of you with limited knowledge and prevents any mishaps. Feel free to correct me if I have made any errors and please feel free to re-post where applicable.
Posted on Dec 26, 2013 1:54:33 PM PST
A customer says:
Can someone tell me if I should keep the enclosed cap on, or the perforated one? The instructions don't say. I'm assuming the perforated one, but I want to double check.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 10:39:17 AM PDT
Brandon Brown says:
no the cellophane wrapper is designed to allow humidity in and out.
Posted on Dec 20, 2015 10:25:24 AM PST
Queen C says:
I have purchased these before for my husband and knew how to use them. Just wanted to say that your instructions were spot on :-)
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