Mold on cigars
How to locate, avoid and fight it.
All our life we fight with mold in our houses, on our foodstuffs, clothes, even on our cigars. No matter how hard we try to escape it, the fungus always comes back - stronger than a week ago and more elusive.
If you found out something resembling with mold on your favorite stogies, don't panic. Let's start with distinguishing a favorable bloom, also called, plume from a harmful killing mold.
Bloom or plume appearance is a sign that your cigars undergo usual ageing process.
It looks like a tiny spider web or a thin layer of white powder and can be removed with ease. Simply wipe the dust away and you are ready to smoke these cigars. Actually, the fug on the stogie is nothing else than cigar's oil adopting a solid substance.
Also remember that the wrapper can have some green patches which are the result of improper tobacco storage, at a maximum humidity and temperature conditions. This can also be the result of the rain drops being on tobacco leaves. These spots cannot be cleaned so when you meet such kind of phenomenon, you shouldn't worry.
As for the mold, here we have totally different and more dangerous situation as in comparison with those two from above. First of all, mold can be of various colors, such as green, blue, white and slightly yellow. Secondly, it is very "hairy" and grows much quicker than the plume. It leaves traces while wiping it - if so, do not limit your stogies to these actions only. However, we will discuss the methods of cigar curing a little later. And now on, let's examine the causes of mold on your preferred cigars.
Of course, as many of you have already realized, it is a matter of excessive humidity in your humidor. You should control its level frequently enough not to let this happen to your stogies. If it surpasses the 80% level, mold on your cigars is assured. Items that are located under various humidifying elements are also susceptible to becoming moist and moldy. So, in order to avoid any mildew on your stogies, you should keep an eye on the humidity level in your humidor. Also a constant air circulation is a necessary condition for your cigars not to be over humidified.
But what if you did not manage controlling the moist state in your humidor, and your stogies soaked a lot of water and got moldy? Again, do not push the panic button! Let's start looking for solving the problem instead. First of all, you should throw away all your stogies with affected feet - these items are lost for you forever. The mold has made its way into the inner layers of the leaf and is almost impossible to clean.
Now, when you got rid from the cigars with contaminated feet, you are ready to rescue those which you consider worthy. Thoroughly examine the infected cigars and those which are not, than separate both piles and put them into other clean humidors or two new Tupperware (never being used till this moment). But before that you should wipe the contaminated stogies with a dry cloth, than drop several tears of denaturized alcohol on the cloth and rub them once again. After that, locate both containers in the fridge (the freezer is the extreme measure) and let them stay there for a week (control them every couple days during the week).
Don't forget the humidor - it surely has mold because of the cigars. Perform the same "napkin and alcohol" operation with it; give your device a day to weather the aroma of the spirit and season it once again. Do not forget to clean your humidifier with distilled water (do not use tap water by no means as it is the reason for mold growing on it) or replace the device if mildew already appeared on it. Let the humidor ventilate for another several days, and only after ensuring that your cigars in the fridge do not show any mold, you can place them back in the cured humidor. Still, it is recommended to keep your infected stogies apart from those "healthy" and smoke them as soon as possible.
And, finally, whatever occurs, always remember, you are the one who takes decisions - to throw or not to throw moldy cigars, cure them or not. You can save and smoke them or you can get rid of them and buy yourself another ones. This article is created to help you make a decision and be a guide for you in rugged times, if anything happens.