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WEEK 6 - Fermentation

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During fermentation, the inside of a tobacco pilon can reach up to what temperature? 

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After the curing process, the real healing can begin in fermentation. Fermentation is designed to remove unwanted nutrients within the leaves to supply a clean fresh tobacco flavor.

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REHYDRATED. REVITALIZED.

The process begins with the rehydration of every leaf. 

Once the tobacco is evenly dampened, it is placed by hand into large stacks called pilons. Weighing approximately 2,500 pounds, each of these pilons utilizes their immense weight to create pressure. This coupled with the added moisture of the leaves, creates heat - allowing the tobacco to ferment, releasing all of the nutrients that were used to grow the leaf: leaving the leaves with a clean tobacco taste.

HEAVY-DUTY

Each individual pilon rests in place until it reaches a certain temperature (110-130 degrees). Then, the pilon is rotated into the next resting position. The pilons are flipped from top, to middle, to bottom, every 7-10 days to ensure that the leaves are evenly dried out.

This painstaking process takes anywhere from six months to more than a year. That’s time well worth it.

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