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Does mold grow on cellophane? How about acrylic?
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Posted 9/30/2015 1:22 PM (#601365)
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YES?! I have a couple cigar jar humidors made of acrylic with the spanish cedar veneer bottom and I took a close look at the one that I disturb less frequently (I haven't moved the cigars for months but I do pop the lid every couple weeks at least) to discover mold beginning to form at the bottom of the jar. The mold was on the acrylic near the bottom, on the spanish cedar veneer, and on the outside of the cellophane. I wiped the cellophane without removing the cigars and the mold came right off. I guess with these jars popping the lid now and then is not enough, you need to let the fresh air get to the bottom of the jar as well.

Another case and point as to why I am a cello ON person, no harm done to any of the cigars.

Just thought I'd share as I never would have guessed mold would grow anywhere but on the cigar when there's no real food for the mold, but I guess the wood veneer became the food?
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Posted 9/30/2015 1:36 PM (#601370 - in reply to #601365)
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My cigar jar has not had that issue yet but it also is lacking the ceder in it.
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Posted 9/30/2015 6:43 PM (#601402 - in reply to #601365)
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I have a couple of those same jars and have seen that start to happen. In my experience I think it was because I had those cheap water pillows in there and they drip. I don't keep cigars in there anymore, they have been the home for my cigar bands.
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Posted 10/1/2015 3:34 AM (#601423 - in reply to #601365)
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Mold will grow just about anywhere. With the exception of AF Anejos I've never had mold on any cigars in the cello...but the viola is a different matter!
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Posted 10/1/2015 4:16 AM (#601425 - in reply to #601365)
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I would assume that since the jar is more air tight than a humidor, it would be more prone to mold growth. I always "burp" my jars, tupperware, traveldors, etc. Anything air tight needs a breath of fresh air from time to time.
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Posted 10/1/2015 4:36 AM (#601426 - in reply to #601425)
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vw77guy - 9/30/2015 8:16 PM

I would assume that since the jar is more air tight than a humidor, it would be more prone to mold growth. I always "burp" my jars, tupperware, traveldors, etc. Anything air tight needs a breath of fresh air from time to time.



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Posted 10/3/2015 12:47 PM (#601710 - in reply to #601402)
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I have a couple of those same jars and have seen that start to happen. In my experience I think it was because I had those cheap water pillows in there and they drip. I don't keep cigars in there anymore, they have been the home for my cigar bands.


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Posted 10/8/2015 9:00 AM (#604351 - in reply to #601365)
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So after emptying and cleaning my jar I put in a digital hygrometer and closed it back up...81%?! 81% in an empty cigar jar that I had just cleaned with Isopropyl Alcohol. No wonder mold was growing!

I use the small sponge humidifier that comes with it and I put the 70% cigar juice stuff in it, not water. How is it possible to be at 81%?! A digital hygrometer that can't be calibrated that I had checked initially using the old salt and water technique shouldn't be off that much.

I'm actually wondering if it should just be about half a charge on the humidifier? It doesn't seem like one of those small humidifiers is too much for that size jar.

I just don't understand 81% in an empty jar with cigar juice as the humidification. Thoughts anyone?
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Posted 10/8/2015 9:01 AM (#604352 - in reply to #601365)
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And by the way it was about 75 degrees, so temperature wasn't really influencing it.
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Posted 10/8/2015 10:22 AM (#604373 - in reply to #601365)
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I use a Boveda for my jar, never had any issues. I would be leary of using the foam. It's a one way humidifier so if you start with high humidity, it'll just stay high. The Boveda will suck out as much of the humidity as it can, well down to it's stated RH. I prefer 65%.
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Posted 10/8/2015 10:27 AM (#604377 - in reply to #601426)
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Ken Kelley - 10/1/2015 7:36 AM

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I would assume that since the jar is more air tight than a humidor, it would be more prone to mold growth. I always "burp" my jars, tupperware, traveldors, etc. Anything air tight needs a breath of fresh air from time to time.



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Let him out!!!!
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Posted 10/8/2015 10:29 AM (#604378 - in reply to #601365)
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Posted 10/8/2015 1:40 PM (#604418 - in reply to #601365)
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Ask your local B&M manager. He will tell you that is plume.
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Posted 10/8/2015 2:28 PM (#604431 - in reply to #601365)
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As suggested, I would use a Boveda in one of those jars. I wouldn't recommend to anyone using the old school sponge and PG solution with today's technology with beads or Boveda's. Heartfelt has a small puck of beads you could stick to the lid that would work IMO
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