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Bud in curing still smelling like hay

  • Apr 24, 2018
  • #1
  • Jermaine Concern
    New Member

    Hey guys. Looking for some help here.
    The strain is gelato x wedding cake, in fox farm soil w some perlite, 10 gallon pots, 6 plants, under 3 1000w HPS (for veg and bloom)
    I vegged them out for a super long time, almost 5 months i’d Say, and did defoliation throughout the veg maybe once every ten days. Flipped to12/12 and never defoliated again.
    Using Botanicare base grow and bloom

    Being that I vegged them so long, I got impatient when it came time to cut down. I waited till 90%+ of the pistils were orange, then cut. I didn’t see very many, if any, amber trikes. But I read a few places it’s better to cut down early than late. I staggered a few plants at a time and let the other ones develop for a few days more.

    The first two plants I cut down, I immediately snippedd off all fan leaves then I put them into a machine trimmer, the handheld crank one. Then, I put the Buds all on a hanging screen rack at around 50% humidity 65°F for five days with good (maybe too good, but still indirect) air flow. I noticed the buds were getting pretty dry on the outside, so I use the black garbage bag method and sweated them out for 18 hours and then put them back on the drying rack’s. I notice a little bit of the moisture coming back to the outside of the bud, so about 12 hours after that I put them into 1 gallon jars filled up halfway. My cheap hygrometers were reading around 60% Rh after a day in the jar, burped twice a day for the first two days.

    The bud was still smelling like hey, so me as a newbie, also trying to sell it as fast as possible because I’m cash poor and sitting on pounds, I let them go back into the screens for another 18 hours. Then back into the jars. Since then it’s been three days.

    They still don’t smell good. If I squeeze the bud I can tell it’s not completely dry, and I do get some smell after I squeeze it.

    My question is, if I fucked up: where? Will being patient with burping restore the smell?

    • Apr 24, 2018
  • #2
  • Bonsaiweed
    Member of the Month: May 2018

    Hey guys. Looking for some help here.
    The strain is gelato x wedding cake, in fox farm soil w some perlite, 10 gallon pots, 6 plants, under 3 1000w HPS (for veg and bloom)
    I vegged them out for a super long time, almost 5 months i’d Say, and did defoliation throughout the veg maybe once every ten days. Flipped to12/12 and never defoliated again.
    Using Botanicare base grow and bloom

    Being that I vegged them so long, I got impatient when it came time to cut down. I waited till 90%+ of the pistils were orange, then cut. I didn’t see very many, if any, amber trikes. But I read a few places it’s better to cut down early than late. I staggered a few plants at a time and let the other ones develop for a few days more.

    The first two plants I cut down, I immediately snapped off all fan leaves then I put them into a machine trimmer, the handheld crank one. Then, I put the Buds all on a hanging screen rack at around 50% humidity 65°F for five days with good (maybe too good, but still indirect) air flow. I noticed the bugs were getting pretty dry on the outside, so I use the black garbage bag method and sweated them out for 18 hours and then put them back on the drying rack’s. I notice a little bit of the moisture coming back to the outside of the bud, so about 12 hours after that I put them into 1 gallon jars filled up halfway. My cheap hygrometers were reading around 60% Rh after a day in the jar, burped twice a day for the first two days.

    The boat was still smelling like hey, so me as a newbie, also trying to sell it as fast as possible because I’m cash poor and sitting on pounds, I let them go back into the screens for another 18 hours. Then back into the jars. Since then it’s been three days.

    They still don’t smell good. If I squeeze the bud I can tell it’s not completely dry, and I do get some smell after I squeeze it.

    My question is, if I fucked up: where? Will being patient with burping restore the smell?

    Some bud when first harvested does smell like hay. That is the chlorophyll you smell. When those sugars are consumed by curing, they usually change smell. But that isn’t to say, the product will gain any other smell.

    This is just information from reading from here. The more experienced people will chime in with their knowledge and/or opinion.

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    Bonsaiweed
    Whut. I was distracted.
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    Hey guys. Looking for some help here. The strain is gelato x wedding cake, in fox farm soil w some perlite, 10 gallon pots, 6 plants, under 3 1000w HPS (for…

    after curing weed smells like hay?

    captainkip
    Rabbi
    Guest

    Take all veg off flower. Before hanging

    Dry in darkness, colder the better down to low 60’s no humitity.

    Dry till Stem crack and dosent bend then but away for cure.

    light is the enemy after harvest

    altitudefarmer

    Fire on the Mountain

    nor cali farmer
    captainkip
    biggs
    chranotik
    captainkip
    Premium Member

    Hmm.. If your growing Greenhouse Seeds or some inferior genetics, then you might not be able to get any smell at all. How are your genetics?

    My gear st8 off the vine will be chem funk, kerosin fuel, or pineapple skunk piss, whatev. I used to think that all herb needed a “cure” to get that chem, skunk, sweet, or hashy smells and tastes. Not so.. Granted it helps a lot and helps the breakdown process.. But it all comes down to genetics, imvho..

    I would def. flush for 2 weeks prior to harvests.. Allow for a slow and long dry with all the leaves on the plant, if ya want, you can cut the large fan leaves only. I allow for a min of 14 days to about 21 days for drying. I do not remove anything from the plant during this time. Once stems crack, I jar up and ready. Burp as will..

    I had to make a separate small drying room to achieve optimum conditions in my environment. We go thru all this trouble with expensive nutes, lights, fans, bloom & veg boosters, etc., to have an amazing final product, why skimp on the drying room.. .02

    purpleberry
    Dr.stickerdick
    captainkip
    virgil

    When I’ve not immediately trimmed, much of the smaller leaves dry extremely close to the bud. This makes it very hard to trim later and kind of gives it an outdoors look. Like someone had too much work to trim very well.

    Do you just leave the buds like this and smoke those trich covered leaves on the bud in spite of a loss of bag appeal? It also seems like more crystals fall off when handling dried buds.

    all due respect and thanks..

    xX Kid Twist Xx
    Premium Member
    Darth Fader
    sedate

    Genetics? Please . . .

    I couldn’t disagree more.

    Especially with you purpleberry “crap genetics to a master and get crap” – :rofl

    Quality caretakership of even middling genetics can easily produce great pot.

    The genetics of a particular cut might determine whether a plant is suited to outdoors or indoors, gets strectchy or not, internode spacing and lateral growth profile, and, most importantly for med users, the ratios of CBN and CBD, among whatever dozen other cannabinoids there are, and THC, within the flowers themselves.

    But – like so many things – it is not even close to the end of it. The temperature, pests, light spectrum, fertilizers, flush method, and grow medium all play just as important a role as ‘genetics’ – after all – the environment is what determines the expression of those genetics.

    The genetics don’t determine that chlorophyll, improperly broken down, smells like hay. This is ‘genetic’ only in the sense that it is universal among the species.

    ANY cut of marijuana, improperly cut, dried, and cured, smells like hay.

    It’s not your seed source, it’s your cure method.

    First of all – if it’s bagseed, that means, more likely than not, some cartel grew it in a national forest somewhere for commerical sale – with genetics designed for commerical output – these guys aren’t dumb – and the cartel scene is re-tooling all operations south of the border to meet “medical” demand – so your genetics are probably alot better than you might imagine on first blush – even if the herb you took the seed from wasn’t that good.

    Anyway – I can’t even count the number of great grows I started from bagseed – let alone the number of times my friends have. Dozens and dozens of great crops in my lifetime . . .

    Look virgil – there are dozens and dozens of excellent cure tutorials out there.

    Fire up your search function and, most importantly, BE PATIENT.

    This is a bitch – after waiting four months for the nugs the final three weeks to cure KILLS me too – but you really gotta take your time here.

    Don’t underestimate the amount of time the buds need to hang before they can go in jars. This is the most critical step in the organic breakdown that gives us that smell we all crave.

    A good quality cure – devoid of all hay smell – will take at least two weeks for popcorn, and up to three and a half for big colas.

    after my last harvest i hung it for 5 days (popcorn sized buds) cut them off the stems threw them into a paper bag for a day then threw them into a jar for…