Can anyone recommed a meter to test bud moisture? I will be looking to cure my first plant in about a week which will be about 2 weeks of dry. Thanking you in advance.
Ive been looking at this one and some others but what threw me of was “wood” and also used for dry wall. But makes sense. MOISTURE IS MOISTURE right.
I have the same meter too. Yes, the wood setting is what you will use. When it reads ~11-12%, i use a small cardboard box and let them sweat for 12 hrs or so then into the grove bags they go. 11% on the meter is ~62% humidity. Someone figured out this conversion and from my experience it has been pretty accurate. You will want to use your meter by inserting your prongs into the bud itself. Hope this helps in some sorts on your journey for a successful dry and cure.
I’m happy with mine:
Use the wood setting for your buds. If there are multiple wood settings…use the softest
Thus one works great… However, they are out of stock… The others work well… But I ended up mushing buds to get internal moisture readings.
@Firstauto gday mate i wish is a lost cause an another stoner myth mate,unless you have a lab test a liptis test will prob not be accurate. good topic anyway mate been thinkin the same for years.
Unfortunately, not in this case. The meters are calibrated for certain kinds of wood. Some just have the Wood/Materials option, so it’s an easy choice. Others have Hard/Soft wood options as well. My cheap-o $15 one has 4 settings for various species of trees, plus materials. The advice is usually to use the softest wood setting, but that gives far too low a reading on mine. There could be some kind of comparisons done on them, but I’m not aware of any.
The General Tools one that @Riskguy posted is the one that Grove Bags uses in their tutorial, and the touchpad version of it is what Ed Rosenthaul used when he published the idea of using a meter to check bud moisture in his book. If I were to purchase another one, it would be one of these, so that I’d know for sure my readings align with known practices.
Well said @Bubbala
The bottom line on using these is for repeatability. Yes they are calibrated for lumber. But if you find a reading that works for you, then you can repeat it. Accuracy is not required, repeatability is.
So Newt, with the concept of repeatability are you using 10%-12% with this meter? Im asking because i ordered this meter yesterday. Just looking for a good place to start.
I come out of my WeDryer at about 12.5%. Then I sweat in paper bags until I get to about 10%, then into Grove bags. Seems like this works for me every time.
Here’s a link to post I created a while back.
Since we’re talking drying, curing and i seem to have really good feedback from some great experienced growers, does any one use Humidity bags for mason jars after cure to maintain 10-12%? Mason jars are what i will be using since i have 3-4 dozen quart jars
Long term (I leave them in Groves, until I need the bags for next harvest) I store in Mason jars, with a Boveda 62 taped to the lid with double sided tape. (This prevents the buds from coming into contact with the Boveda)
Thanks so much!! I feel comfortable with the finishing of my first plant which is coming up soon. I will share photos along the way. This site is awsome!!!
@Bubbala G’day mate so he means testing when they are curing ok got it different story sorry thought he meant the soil moisture.lol yeah good meters around for curing moisture readings but then again,lol.good topic guys
so i took your advice with boveda 62. Since i only got these three quart jars from the first plant and dont expect it to hang around long. I tested the stems right at the bud and got 33% when i trimmed but buds were brittle so i went right to boveda during cure to retain as much moisture as possible. Hope it’s not to harsh after cure.?