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Mold found...............

I was checking the coolerdor and found mold. it is white and fuzzy looking so i know it is mold. i've lost about a dozen cigar including two cuban cohibas i was waiting to smoke with my son. they weren't on cello, just inside the small zip lock bag they came in. i had it open so they could breathe. the others had some mold growing on them and looked questionable to me. I have wiped off the rest with isopropyl alcohol diluted with some distilled water. those seem to have cleaned up ok. my cedar trays had a little mold on them and I have wiped those down too. All my cigars are in zip lock bags now. If anyone has had this issue please join in. What are my next steps? I have Heartfelt beads as my humidification device and was really surprised to see this. The only thing i know that has changed is the heat is on. the cooler is in my basement which is always cool. possibly one of the vents was blowing warm air enough to affect. please advise.......

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    Zinger

    (12 months ago)

    If it’s a white crystalline mold appearance, it’s called plume. It’s from the natural oils. If in spots, it harmless. Brush it off. Aged cigars may develop plume.

    If it’s a blue green fuzz, you have real problems. Toss them out. Clean the humidor.

    High humidity is the main culprit. That combined with perhaps a new cigar that has mold to spread, and it’s the end of the world!

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    Howbucks

    (12 months ago)

    Cigar Oasis is worth the investment if your humidor is large enough.

    Not getting paid here, but it's a just a nice piece of mind to have for your investment.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W11TQRH/ref=cm_sw_r_li_apa_fabt1_viZWFbTEZ2371

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    Smok'em

    (12 months ago)

    I believe mold growth on your cigars is more of a humidity issue than the moderate temperature change in your house. Personally, I prefer to target closer to 65%, since it will reduce the chance of mold, Although the main factor for me is how they feel and smoke, so I don't watch the hygrometer like a hawk. Regardless, I would still recommend a digital hygrometer, since it can inform you quickly of any drastic humidity changes. I also believe in exchange of air, especially if there is a possibility that you acquire any cigars that are "wet" to begin with. The last thing I would want is to take wet cigars and put them in any type of air tight environment/container. Since your outbreak was several cigars and trays, do your cigars sit undisturbed for long periods?

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    Zinger

    (12 months ago)

    What is your hygrometer showing when this happens?

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      bigby61

      (12 months ago)

      I don't have a hygrometer in it. The heartfelt beads i have are 70% RH. this may no be the case though