I had three phone calls today from a company I haven’t heard from in years. The Lab might be revived at long last! I still intend to keep the little janitor job because lab jobs are random and bills are not, but if this works out it could be a very drunk New Year.
Right, the experiment. I took the first set out tonight. There has been some leakage from at least one bag but the leakage smells like wet tobacco so I’m not worried. I’m not keeping the juice this time, the Electrofag experiment will be different. That will involve extraction, this does not.
They all look the same to me –
To me, 1 and 5 smell the same. 3 smells a bit harsher. Other than that, they look and smell like the results of Junican’s wadding treatment. They’ve gone a lot darker in the 24 hours and they are more aromatic but the control is as good as the double-strength enzyme one at the moment.
At this stage I am wondering if the Alaskan barber’s results stemmed more from warming wet baccy than from the added enzymes.
When they are dry enough to smoke, the true test will begin. Tomorrow I have to look at the 48 hour incubations.
Early indications though are that it’s more to do with ‘warm, wet and no air for mould’ than anything to do with enzymes.
The experiment continues.