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Old 09-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #21
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Default Re: 65% Heartfelt beads leave my humidor at 72%

Michael is right on the ball.
My first question is "what RH was the humi before you got the new beads and hygrometer?"
Beads will not bring down a humidor's RH overnight. Give it a month with the beads dried out and then assess the situation. It can take a lot more than a month, btw.
Part 2 is "Check that thing for leakage". There are a million ways to check it accurately and scientifically, all far better than the flashlight test or whoosh test. The whoosh test means nothing, but the flashlight test is a good starting point.

To test your humi for leaks, I'd use damprid.
Put damprid in the humi. Put the whole deal in a clear bag.
Place a hygrometer outside the humidor in the bag.
Make sure your humidor is closed tight, record the reading on your hygro an hour after you've sealed the bag tightly.
Wait 24 hours and see if the hygrometer reading drops. Record the reading.
Then wait another day. Record the reading.
Wait a total of a week, record the reading.
If the hygrometer reading in the bag drops at all, your humidor leaks like a sieve.
Take the humidor out of the bag, seal up the damprid, leave your hygrometer in the bag, throw the humidor away, add your beads and cigars, and now you're in business.

If your humidor fails this test, there are many, many ways to make it airtight.
I'm not gonna get into that, but someone will, I'm sure.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #22
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Default Re: 65% Heartfelt beads leave my humidor at 72%

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Unless you live in the Sunset your average Rh is much lower than 75%. Many of us live all around the Bay Area and have no problems with high humidity.
I do live in the sunset and every time I have measured the RH in my apartment it has been above 75.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #23
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Default Re: 65% Heartfelt beads leave my humidor at 72%

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Michael is right on the ball.
My first question is "what RH was the humi before you got the new beads and hygrometer?"
Beads will not bring down a humidor's RH overnight. Give it a month with the beads dried out and then assess the situation. It can take a lot more than a month, btw.
Not sure what the RH was before I got the new beads. I suspect you're right about waiting longer to let the cigars dry out more.

I have tested for leaks, and even placed them into a tightly sealed Tupperware and get the same result. I suspect the beads just need more time to a word excess humidity.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and advice.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #24
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I think I've determined that one humidor was leaky and the Tupperwares just need more time to equilibrate down to the lower humidity since I started blow drying the beads. I switched all of my containers over to 60% beads now and one of my Tupperwares is now reading 60%. Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions.
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People sweat humidity too much.
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