I now have a tobacco shredder. I call it Fred.
It’s a simple thing but it works well. It cuts baccy leaves into 0.8mm strips. This is more than just about smoking the shred.
I have long planned to try making Electrofag juice because I have not yet come across a good baccy-flavoured one and also because the Puritans and their idiot puppet politicians will no doubt try to ban it soon.
The problem is that plant cells are surrounded by a tough cellulose layer. I can rip it apart with enzymes or solvents but I don’t want to introduce contaminants. I would prefer a simple water extraction. This does not work with my old scissors or craft knife cutting. Far too much leaf surface in relation to the cut edges.
The new shredded leaf means I can produce a hell of a lot more cut edges and those edges are where most water extraction will happen. Not through the whole cells on the leaf surface but from the smashed ones on the edges.
I still have to report on the enzyme-curing experiment and the shredder helps there too. I could cut for tubing before but not for quick rollies and if I have to smoke six, they have to be small.
Once that’s done I will try electofag extraction. Without added chemicals.
Let’s keep it simple and non-technical.
Oh and snuff? That has to be worth a try. Maybe we can find a way to make home-made Snus too.
Thatnks are due to the Dreadful Arnott, without whom none of this would ever have even been considered.