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I agree with the wrapper theory since all other reasons seem to have been eliminated. That is what I have chalked it up to when it has happened to me.

The "trick" of running your cigar under the faucet or dunking it cap down in a water bottle is a good suggestion. I have done this from time to time and not only does it help prevent cracking, It also seems to bring out some extra complexity and flavors. Apparently Min Ron Nee swears by it too.

Here is a link to an older thread on the topic. (2) Wetting Your Cigars | BOTL Brothers of the Leaf® Cigar Forums
 
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It was 12% humidity here today...all three of my wrappers cracked. I just glue them back up and carry on. (y):love:
Yeah, bought a couple bottles of Cigar glue for Christmas and it works great for keeping the cracks from spreading or the wrapper peeling on the rare Cigar I have this issue with

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I agree with the wrapper theory since all other reasons seem to have been eliminated. That is what I have chalked it up to when it has happened to me.

The "trick" of running your cigar under the faucet or dunking it cap down in a water bottle is a good suggestion. I have done this from time to time and not only does it help prevent cracking, It also seems to bring out some extra complexity and flavors. Apparently Min Ron Nee swears by it too.

Here is a link to an older thread on the topic. (2) Wetting Your Cigars | BOTL Brothers of the Leaf® Cigar Forums
Most cigar smokers don't do this, but it actually works well. I use a wet sponge...when I remember to do it.
 
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I agree with the wrapper theory since all other reasons seem to have been eliminated. That is what I have chalked it up to when it has happened to me.

The "trick" of running your cigar under the faucet or dunking it cap down in a water bottle is a good suggestion. I have done this from time to time and not only does it help prevent cracking, It also seems to bring out some extra complexity and flavors. Apparently Min Ron Nee swears by it too.

Here is a link to an older thread on the topic. (2) Wetting Your Cigars | BOTL Brothers of the Leaf Cigar Forums
Very interesting, thanks.
My problem isn't with them cracking while smoking, but rather them being already cracked up straight from the humidor/tupperdoor, or from handling when cutting (less frequent on this though, I'd say 90% get cracks just while in the humidor/tupperdoor) and when I butt them out when im finished the wrappers seem very dry and break apart, while most of my Cigars in the same humidor/tupperdoor at the same temperature and 65% rh are just fine and act moist, but not too moist.

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Very interesting, thanks.
My problem isn't with them cracking while smoking, but rather them being already cracked up straight from the humidor/tupperdoor, or from handling when cutting (less frequent on this though, I'd say 90% get cracks just while in the humidor/tupperdoor) and when I butt them out when im finished the wrappers seem very dry and break apart, while most of my Cigars in the same humidor/tupperdoor at the same temperature and 65% rh are just fine and act moist, but not too moist.

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Wetting the cigar will generally help keep things from cracking further and/or unraveling. It does not change the humidity of the cigar much, only the wrapper. My suggestion would be to give it a try. What have you got to lose?

If you are seeing it on wrappers that would not normally be fragile I’m wondering if it is cracked because the cigar was dropped at some point? I have found this happening on cigars I accidentally dropped. It may have even been dropped by someone who handled it before it got to me and it was just not obvious or I didn’t look close enough when I put it in my cooler.


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Wetting the cigar will generally help keep things from cracking further and/or unraveling. It does not change the humidity of the cigar much, only the wrapper. My suggestion would be to give it a try. What have you got to lose?

If you are seeing it on wrappers that would not normally be fragile I’m wondering if it is cracked because the cigar was dropped at some point? I have found this happening on cigars I accidentally dropped. It may have even been dropped by someone who handled it before it got to me and it was just not obvious or I didn’t look close enough when I put it in my cooler.


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Good point. I'll give it a try as sometimes it's more than can be fixed with glue.

I'm going to start tracking which specific wrappers are used on any more it happens to and see if there's a pattern

I have been fortunate that I have only ever dropped a few, but it did always seem to damage them a bit, even on carpet.

I look at all the Cigars from my orders pretty carefully and have never had one arrive with any damage.

I also handle them gently when rooting around for a specific Cigar or when I go to cut it
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the easy way is to wet your fingers and gently spread water over the cigar, you will not over moisten that way.

Remember to go to the band and above.

works a treat and saves time waiting for the stick to dry down...
 
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the easy way is to wet your fingers and gently spread water over the cigar, you will not over moisten that way.

Remember to go to the band and above.

works a treat and saves time waiting for the stick to dry down...
Thanks. I plan to give that a try on the next one that has issues

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don't wait for issues.:arghh:

do this regularly and reap the benefits of a better smoke.:happy:

wetting "wakes up " the wrapper and gives a richer smoke.:hungry:

been doing this for decades, I don't even think about it anymore.:cigar::chicken::cat:
 
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don't wait for issues.:arghh:

do this regularly and reap the benefits of a better smoke.:happy:

wetting "wakes up " the wrapper and gives a richer smoke.:hungry:

been doing this for decades, I don't even think about it anymore.:cigar::chicken::cat:
Very interesting that you feel it improves the flavor.

Will definitely have to give this a try with some and see if I notice it too.

Thanks for the advice

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