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Q. I keep my cigars (all Flor de Oliva) in their cellophane wrappers. However, a few are unwrapped, and after a couple of days the wrapper leavesbegin to peel away.The hygrometer shows 80% humidity.What is going wrong?
– Terry B. in Florida

A. What’s going wrong is your humidity is WAY too high. You need to get it down – and fast. Assuming your hygrometer is pretty accurate, remove the humidifier and check the hygrometer daily until the RH gets down to about 68%. High humidity can cause all sorts of problems, among them being, wrappers unraveling and very squishy cigars.

Let the humidifier dry out while you’re reducing the humidity, too. Once you replace it, keep an eye on the hygrometer reading. You may have to go through the process again until you reach a more acceptable RH level.

Finally, make sure you don’t overfill the humidifier when it’s time to do so. Sometimes you only need a little distilled water (or solution) to bring the RH back to the desired level.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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