A humidor is a special box or room designed to store cigars at a constant relative humidity (RH) level to preserve their flavor and quality. To ensure that your cigars stay fresh and flavorful, it is essential to properly season your humidor before use. This process helps to stabilize the internal environment of the humidor, which is crucial for the preservation of your cigars and guard your investment.
Step 1: Clean the Humidor
The first step in seasoning your humidor is to clean it thoroughly. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior and exterior of the humidor. Make sure to remove any dust, dirt, or residue that may be present. If necessary, you can use a mild soap solution to clean the inside of the humidor, but be sure to rinse it thoroughly and let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Prepare the Humidification System
The next step is to prepare the humidification system. Fill the humidifier with distilled water, humidification beads (salts), or 50/50 solution of distilled water and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a solution that helps regulate the humidity level and prevents the growth of mold and bacteria in the humidor.
Step 3: Place the Humidifier and Hygrometer
Place the humidifier inside the humidor, and then place the hygrometer (a device that measures humidity levels) inside the humidor as well. Make sure both are securely in place.
Step 4: Let the Humidor Season
Close the lid of the humidor, and let it sit for at least three days. During this time, the humidity level inside the humidor will gradually increase and stabilize at an ideal level of 70% RH. You can use the hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels and make sure they reach 70%.
Step 5: Check and Adjust
After three days, check the humidity levels in the humidor. If they are not at 70% RH, you can add more distilled water or propylene glycol solution to the humidifier or adjust the amount of air that enters the humidor by opening or closing the lid. Repeat the process of checking and adjusting the humidity levels until they reach 70%.
Step 6: Store Your Cigars
Once the humidity level is stabilized at 70% RH, you can now store your cigars in the humidor. Make sure to place the cigars inside the humidor carefully to prevent crushing or damaging them.
You spend your hard earned money on your cigar collection. It is best to protect , and keep your stogies stored properly. Seasoning your humidor is a crucial step in maintaining the quality and flavor of your cigars. By following these steps, you can ensure that your cigars will be stored in a proper environment, preserving their freshness and flavor for years to come.