Result of the Rum Experiment===Bristol Human Experiment

The effect of moisturising with rum was much the same as with whiskey. The taste of the home-grown alone was improved, but not as much as I would like. Making a blend 50/50 with Virginia was pretty much like ordinary tobacco fags. Yesterday or the day before I became afflicted with a cold. Not terribly nasty but enough to cause tired, achy eyes and a bit of head ache, slightly painful joints, a bit of pain when piddling and a sore throat. Each and all, of course, ‘tobacco-related related’ diseases.

Daughter two brought it home and infected wifey. Either of them could have infected me. But, as I said, it seems to be a mild strain. The point is that it affects the taste buds, so I can’t be sure what I am tasting. Tomorrow, I intend to try toasting, using the system which BD pointed me to:

Toasting involves placing shredded tobacco on a cookie sheet or metal tray and then placing the cooking sheet or tray into an oven at a certain temperature for a specified amount of time (25 minutes). The temperature may vary according to the type of tobacco being toasted. Burley has a large quantity of nitrogenous chemicals and alkaloids so it requires a higher temperature. On the other hand, Virginia Bright Leaf does not contain as much and it can be toasted at lower temperatures. Here is a step by step procedure to toast your tobacco:

If the whole leaf tobacco is too dry and has a crispy texture, you will need to humidify it before you shred the tobacco. Place the whole leaf tobacco into a plastic bag and then spray the tobacco with a light mist while in the bag. Seal the bag and let the bag rest over night. Tobacco will slowly absorb the water and become more pliable. Check the tobacco the next day. If it is still crispy then repeat misting with water and allow it to rest overnight. Hopefully, by the next morning you will have tobacco that is nice and pliable and the leaf should not be crispy. The reason why the tobacco is humidified is because crispy tobacco will crumble and turn into dust during handling and processing.
Remove the mid-rib stem from the tobacco leaf. This stem runs from the head to the foot of the tobacco leaf. You may discard the stem.
Once you have removed the mid-rib stem, you can shred it the leaf. You can use a shredder such as the M-10 we have for purchase. Please refer to the Accessories tab.
Once the tobacco has been shredded, you can spread the tobacco over a cookie sheet so that it forms a layer no more than a half inch. Making the layer to thick will result in inconsistent toasting.
Note, the toasting temperatures must be accurate. Do not rely on the oven’s temperature gauge because they are not very accurate. We sell CDN oven thermometers that are very accurate and durable. The probe that is placed in the oven is attached to a digital thermometer by a braided metal wire. They are surprisingly inexpensive. Please refer to the Accessories tab.
Now you will need to dry the tobacco. Preheat an oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Then place the tray into the oven for one hour. Then remove the tray from the oven. At this point the tobacco should be very dry.
Now preheat the oven to 265 degrees F (if you are toasting Virginia Bright Leaf) or 305 degrees F (if you are toasting Tennessee Burley). Now place the tobacco tray into the oven for 25 minutes. You will notice an odor. This is good because it means that the unwanted nitrogenous chemicals from the tobacco is breaking down and being released. The toasting temperature depends on the type of tobacco. As stated above Virginia Bright Leaf toasts at 265 degrees F, Tennessee Burley toasts at 305 degrees F. These temperatures are the upper and lower limits. All other tobaccos toast within the range between 265 degrees F and 305 degrees F. You will have to experiment yourself to find the optimal toasting temperatures, but in general, heating between 275 to 285 degrees F for 25 minutes would be sufficient for most types of tobacco.
After 25 min, take the tray out of the oven and let it cool. You will notice that the tobacco may have darkened a little, especially the Virginia Bright Leaf. This is a good indication that the tobacco was properly toasted. The tobacco at this point is very dry, so it needs to be humidified again. Spray the surface of the tobacco layer with water while the tobacco is still in the tray. Then cautiously use a spoon to mix the tobacco. Be careful while mixing because the tobacco is very brittle and will crunch into dust. Spray and mix until the tobacco is no longer crunchy. If you think that you added too much water and it seems that the tobacco is too moist, then let the tobacco air dry for a while. Too much moisture may cause mold to grow on the tobacco.

That is a long quote, but only parts of it apply. My stuff is already shredded and chopped into flakes; it is mostly going to be about moistening (with rum? Giggle) and heating. I have the necessary probe for accurate temp measurement. I have some Red Virginia which is also pretty ‘intense’. I might start with toasting some of that first.

You see, I am unsure what part drying the rum-soaked (or whiskey-soaked) backy in the microwave plays in improving the taste. Does the drying alone remove harsh chemicals? And does the presence of alcohol make that removal easier? According to the quote above, toasting does indeed remove the harsh chemicals.

By the way, the amount of rum (whiskey) involved is minuscule. About half a teaspoon was more than enough to soak my experimental produce.

And so to tomorrow and toasting.

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The Bristol Human Experiment.

I see that the Zealots in Stoke of Trent has joined in the experiment.

I have often wondered how these bans which are not bans get through local councils. Surely (you would think), there are enough councillors with sense to outvote the Zealots on the Council?

It does not work that way any more.  As an example, consider a committee which deals with “Wellbeing”. It is as likely as not that there will be as many unelected ‘officers’ (aka anti-smoker Zealots) on that committee as elected members. Therefore, there need only be one council member on that committee,who is a Zealot, to swing everything, every time, into the Zealot pathway.

A clear explanation of this situation was given by Simon Cooke on his website ‘The View From Cullingworth’:

http://theviewfromcullingworth.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/rotherham-and-local-governments-crisis.html

Simon C suggests that elected representatives are being pushed to one side in favour of aristocratic technocrats.

It seems to me that this is totally out of order. We do not elect people as rubber stamps. It seems to me that, if a majority of elected councillors object to the proposals of the executive, then those proposals must be shelved.

Thus, in Bristol and Stoke, it is moot to ask how these bans which are not bans passed. What influence did Smokefree SW have on Bristol Council? Are elected councillors intended to be the suckers when the bans which are not bans fail? Well, yes of course. That is what they are there for. They will take the blame just have they have in Rotherham. But in Rotherham, it was MORE the failure of social services and the police, since elected councillors are not allowed inside. But National Government has parachuted in a team of administrators and sacked the local elected representatives. Have they sacked the Zealots? Of course not! Don’t be silly! They are the ‘untouchables’.

The bans which are not bans will fail, of course. The Zealots will call for criminally enforceable bans, of course. What I find comical is that such criminal enforceable bans will have no effect on anything at all.

Think of this:

Who are the people who will be annoyed by such bans? – SMOKERS.

Who are the people who do not give a toss about such bans? – NON-SMOKERS.

Therefore, the impending PP and car ban legislation will absolutely not have any effect at all on non-smoking voters. But it will affect smoker-voters. Who introduced PP and car smoking bans? THE TORIES!!! Who will lose smoker-voters? THE TORIES!!! They must be out of their minds.

The McTear V Imperial Tobacco Case exposed the veniality of of The Zealots:

https://junican.wordpress.com/

In that case, all that was required was to show that smoking was ‘likely to’ cause lung cancer. That could not be proven. The judge dismissed the claims.

And yet you, a decent human being, with empathy, accepted as gospel the finding of “The Doctors Study”. How do you know that that study was not deliberately fixed? HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT IT WAS NOT?  Further, even accepting the stated facts, why was it that so few ‘heavy’ smokers got lung cancer?

Tobacco Control is a complete mess, and it only survives because politicians do not give a toss.

The UK should kick the FCTC Treaty into touch, never to emerge again. It is an abomination. We are not ruled by aristocrats in the UN.

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I’m a bit slat at. I shall publish and be damned.

 

Toasting involves placing shredded tobacco on a cookie sheet or metal tray and then placing the cooking sheet or tray into an oven at a certain temperature for a specified amount of time (25 minutes).  The temperature may vary according to the type of tobacco being toasted.  Burley has a large quantity of nitrogenous chemicals and alkaloids so it requires a higher temperature.  On the other hand, Virginia Bright Leaf does not contain as much and it can be toasted at lower temperatures.  Here is a step by step procedure to toast you

 

Toasting involves placing shredded tobacco on a cookie sheet or metal tray and then placing the cooking sheet or tray into an oven at a certain temperature for a specified amount of time (25 minutes).  The temperature may vary according to the type of tobacco being toasted.  Burley has a large quantity of nitrogenous chemicals and alkaloids so it requires a higher temhe other hand, Virginia Bright Leaf does not contain as much and it can be toastemperatures.  Here is a step by step procedure to toast your tobacco:

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4 Responses to “Result of the Rum Experiment===Bristol Human Experiment”

  1. cherie79 Says:

    On visiting the local hospital today I noticed far more people openly smoking than I have ever seen before, curious.

    • junican Says:

      That does not surprise me one bit. The more publicity that outdoor ‘bans which are not bans’ receive, the less effective ‘no smoking’ notices will be since everyone is learning that they have no force.

  2. nisakiman Says:

    The UK should kick the FCTC Treaty into touch, never to emerge again. It is an abomination. We are not ruled by aristocrats in the UN.

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    I’m a bit slat at. I shall publish and be damned

    Well said Junican. I couldn’t agree more. I would only add that EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD should kick the FCTC into touch. It is an abomination indeed, and has been foisted on countries under threat of non-cooperation of the IMF should financial assistance be needed.

    When I was younger, they used to call that sort of coercion ‘blackmail’, and it was a criminal offence.

    • junican Says:

      I read somewhere that the World Bank is heavily involved in ‘promoting’ tobacco control. It’s no wonder that Ebola was virtually unnoticed – half the WHO staff are TC Zealots, who have virtually no medical knowledge. I suppose that the same applies to the WB in financial matters.

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