Episode Cinco Recap: How to freeze cigars and beetles

             Since it is the summer time, I figured it would be perfect to recap Episode Cinco, which focused on beetles and freeing cigars to prevent the larvae from hatching. Now I am not a scientist, and you can google yourself to death all sorts of pertinent information on the web on the subject if you like. The following is my take, experience with the problem, and how to prevent beetles by freezing.

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Comment by Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 10:37am

Just to let you know about freezing cigars(Habanos) when you freeze them they will NOT age correctly. When you freeze a cigar it changes the molecular structure of the tobacco which will interrupt the aging process. Now if you absolutely have to because of a beetle out break there is nothing else you can do. Also if you could bring up the wood mite in your discussion that would be cool, I just recieved a package from Europe that had some wood mites in it and some online forums said to freeze the cigars. I'm glad I didn't jump the gun on freezing cigars that had harmless bug on them because other sources (Cigar Aficionado) and my supplier told me about how freezing cigars is bad for the aging process and wood mites die in a week. If you don't have to don't freeze,but if you have an outbreak that is your only option.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 12, 2014 at 11:11am

Habanos SA freezes ALL Habanos 5 days

Most NC manufactures freeze all cigars

I have been told by several Level 9 rollers currently in Cuba to freeze, one even recommended 30 days and claims it is an old Cuban secret.  I have also verified that with NC manufactures that have been in the biz for generations.

I tend to side with the best in the business and generations of knowledge.  Sorry, but I highly disagree here, and would not recommend anyone to follow that advice.  

Comment by Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 3:04pm

I didn't come up with this on my own. This is also coming from merchants that have been in the business for decades. Habanos are also pre-frozen before leaving the island, this shouldn't be done regularly. If you store you cigars properly you wont have the problem of beetles, too warm + too high of humidity = problems.  

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 12, 2014 at 4:40pm
Did you read the article? You are rehashing exactly what I said.

The problem is some of us live in areas where temps cannot be controlled which makes it a necessity. Not everyone can run their AC at 70... In that case, freezing is not a problem. I don't freeze the cigars i put in my wineador for a reason. However, even with low rh high temps can cause an outbreak.

I'd be willing to bet you could not tell blindfolded the difference, nor could any of these said merchants, let alone explain scientifically the molecular breakdown. Most merchants freeze habanos upon arrival. I know of an LCDH that freezes everything they get, even after hsa does. To each his own... All it takes is one box to change anyone's mind.
Comment by Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 5:24pm



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