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Old 07-13-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Salt test specifics

All right I have searched and read all about the process, but have a more detail needed question.

What is considered the right dampness for the salt. I have heard somewhat slushy to barely moist. I get different readings from trying both. The last test I did had my hygro, reading at 82%, so obviously one would think 7 points off. I get less when the salt isn't as moist. Does anyone know a proportion that they know works?

Sorry for the confusion, but just want a proven method.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

I would love to have specific amounts to go by, like 1 gram of salt and 2 milliliters of distilled.

I also get different results every time I do the test, and they are consistent using 2 hygrometers in the same bag. See this thread.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

I posted a thread about this some time back, should be around here somewhere. I found good success with 1 part water, two parts salt. I didn't test around to bracket the 'optimal range', but 2:1 should do what you want if I remember right (been awhile).
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I understood it as the salt should be wet, but no standing water
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

Maybe I am doing it right. So with my test coming out at 82%, then I am 7 points high. I my humidor it reads 70%. It just doesn't seem, from a feel test, that my RH is at 63% in my cooler. They arent smoking like 63. On onward my search for the answer goes. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #6
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

You want it about like a nice slushy snowcone.

If you're technically oriented, you want a supersaturated solution.
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If you are uncomfortable with the salt test just pickup a Boveda Test Kit.
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

Im in full agreement with Bob. The easiest way to perform the "salt test" is to buy one of these


no mess, no fuss, and they last 3 months, so you can loan it to a friend when youre done.
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Im in full agreement with Bob. The easiest way to perform the "salt test" is to buy one of these


no mess, no fuss, and they last 3 months, so you can loan it to a friend when youre done.
I agree with this I got one when I bought beads and adjustable hygrometer from Shilala it has worked in calibrating all 4 of the other ones I previously bought. You can find them on various websites.
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

I got my hygrometer coming in the mail as we speak, and I also bought the calibration pack just to be safe. I have read a ton about mixed results with the salt test, and just to be safe I figured the calibration pack would be well worth the investment to be sure that my hygrometer was 100% accurate.
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:51 AM   #11
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Default Re: Salt test specifics

I always read the salt should be a "paste". So as someone wrote no standing water and no dry white crytals either.Its only salt whip up a few batches and experiment. Make sure your container is airtight.
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